The Chronos Files #1
I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
I have absolutely no idea how to write this review. First, because it’s hard to review something you do not have a complete grasp on. Second, because I was annoyed for more than half the book.
Here is a screenshot of my Goodreads updates:
So obviously, there is no real time traveling until 68% into the book. But everything did speed up after that. It took me 6 hours to read the first half, because honestly, I was bored. I took me like 3 hours to finish the book after that because I was so invested.
As I am writing this, I’m not sure if I have posted my review of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger yet.* But if I haven’t, I guess I’ll just say that I LOVE time travel books. 75% of the time I have no idea what is going on. I’m guessing time travel involves some sort of physics-ish type of science understanding and I dropped out of AP Physics on the 1st day of 11th grade and spent the year in the library writing horrible stories and love notes. I don’t do science. So it takes awhile for my brain to catch up with the idea of timelines and alternate universes and a lot of times I just try to look past any lack of understanding and chalk it up to the fact that it could be in the plainest of English and I will not understand. Any time travel experts out there willing to help a girl out?
( I do, however, remember reading somewhere that there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to time travel, and if I’m not mistaken–which i probably am–I like the one that says you can’t really fuck with time, because if you go back in time and do something, then it has already happened in the future.)
So suffice to say, I am completely and totally confused as to how the hell time travel works in this book, but I don’t even care. I will probably at sometime go back and reread the book, and hopefully gather a greater understanding. If not, then maybe it was the author’s fault and not my own.
Back to the book.
No time traveling happens until 68% into the book, and while I was super annoyed while I was reading, I realize now that it wasn’t that big of a deal. Obviously it might be to other people, but I’m glad I stuck with it. There is a LOT of information given during the first 68%. Sometimes it really did verge on info-dumping, but I thought it was pretty interesting either way.
I really liked Kate. For as little action there is in the first half, it is still an plot driven book. There isn’t a super large amount of character development, but I still connected with her. She’s a girl, who has been thrown out of her own timeline, ripped away from everything she has ever known, and she handles it pretty well. Of course, there is that instant acceptance that irks me, but what are you going to do? You can’t have a book where the MC refuses to believe the truth for multiple chapters. That would really slow the plot down. But Kate does what she needs to do in order to restore her life, at least as normally as she can, given the constant shifting of the timeline.
There is a love triangle. Kind of. It was actually probably one of the best love triangles I’ve ever seen because, first, there is solid reasoning behind it, and second, it doesn’t really exist. That doesn’t really make much sense, but you’ll understand if you read it.
Trey was so sweet and kind. There was a teensy-tiny bit of a instalove between the two of them, but honestly it just reminded me of falling in love for the first time at 16. They weren’t obsessed with each other in a gross way, but they wanted to spend all the time together that they could. I was 16 and in love once, so I understand. It was a healthy relationship, and ugh. Trey was pretty damn near close to perfect.
And Kiernan. I had almost completely written him off but ugh. There had to be that little twist and now my heart is battling back and forth between the two boys.
Kate makes her choice in this book. I’m not sure what will happen in future books, but honestly, at this moment, I’d be happy either way.
Also A++ for an accurate description of DC. And I loved the idea of intertwining the World Fair and HH Holmes into the story.
Even though I am still lost with the science-y aspect and I had to read more than half a book before any real time traveling occurred I’m still going to give this 3.5 stars. Honestly, I would have given it a full 4, but I’m still a bit bitter.
So if you are going to give this a shot, it’s best you go in knowing that it is pretty information heavy, action light in the beginning, but it really speeds up. I am really looking forward to starting the second book!
* I have already posted my review of Passenger. I really suck at reviewing time travel books, but I hope you get the idea that I really do love them.