Author: Jonas Lee
Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Disclaimer: I received this ebook free in exchange for an honest review.
There is always something interesting and complicated about time travel. Any author that is able to truly create a story with a time traveler I have to give kudos to because I would not be able to keep my storyline straight and believable. But Jonas Lee does a great job with Carter in his book! I was quickly hooked within the first few chapters especially with Carter’s personality. His sarcasm and smart ass attitude is something I connect with because, honestly, I can be a sarcastic smart ass myself. Sarcastic smart asses are the best. Seriously.
The plot itself remained pretty fast-paced but Lee did a good job developing his characters despite the fast pace and it still allowed me to connect with them. <SPOILER> I was a tad puzzled when Carter began to show more than just time traveling abilities, but this was due to his connection with Mo. While I thought that this simply enhanced his abilities originally, it is later explained that Mo is a conduit. I may have missed putting some pieces of the puzzle together but I think what he means by this is that being around Mo makes Carter almost like Rogue from X-Men where he can absorb and use her powers a little bit as well. Or maybe he learned to tap into those other powers when he trained with David. This was the only part that clearly went over my head.</SPOILER>
Truthfully, it reminded me a lot of a YA version of X-Men which I have zero problems with. I love X-Men. Except they aren’t really seen as “superheroes” of any kind. In fact, it’s seen as a disease as explained in the synopsis and the beginning of the book. But I still found the whole idea to be pretty intriguing and it kept me attached to the book the whole way. It was an exciting and sometimes emotional ride. I felt the sadness and I also enjoyed the part where Carter almost lost his humanity for a minute there. I suppose I have a thing for protagonists that struggle with a darker side – but that’s just me.
While the book does focus on this world full of people with these abilities and only a few “normal” people that just clearly know about these abilities pop up in the story, I was left pondering if everyone in the world who didn’t have these abilities knew about people like Carter and Mo or even how many of them are people without abilities. Basically what I’m getting at is I would like to know more about the world Jonas Lee has created as a whole rather than just focusing on what is around Carter at that moment. There was a lot of aspects about the program and his parents’ past that was explained, but not all my questions were answered. However, there is more to the series as Jonas explained in the interview I recently had with him. Perhaps we will learn more in the next books! Then again, with time traveling always creating those pesky little incidents where the future can be changed immediately… I suppose there’s millions of possibilities for how the world is shaped, right?
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the world Jonas Lee has created for us despite my few lingering questions. I definitely see myself picking up the other books to read and finishing out the series to see what happens. If you like anything remotely close to X-Men, YA, and well science fiction in general, I highly recommend picking up this book. Also I recommend following Jonas Lee on his social media channels and blog. He’s a great author that loves chatting with his readers!
A Time to Reap receives:
Synopsis: Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.
Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.