Timebound (The Chronos Files)

2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner

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 her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Timebound was originally released as Time’s Twisted Arrow. Timebound

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  1. Couldn’t Put It Down! Blend H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine with BBC’s Dr. Who, add a side of Jon D. MacDonald’s The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything, season generously with Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels, and you have a taste for Rysa Walker’s first-in-a-series work Time’s Twisted Arrow: Book One of the CHRONOS Files. Part science fiction, part historical novel, part young romance, mystery and action, all fast paced and riveting, this one will keep you up past bedtime. 

  2. A wild ride into the past with a time-travel medallion Oh the wondrous and endlessly fascinating idea that is time travel-I can’t think of a better topic to base a fiction novel on, especially one that the author takes the time to write well. I’ve always been a complete sucker for this idea, and the infinite possibilities it presents. I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few novels lately that combine time travel with an impressive story line-this novel was no exception. It was a pleasure to read, albeit a confusing one at times, but I was…

  3. Shallow and talky I was initially interested in this book because of the fictional connection to the all-too-real Dr. H.H. Holmes, and I thought it sounded like an interesting read. I’m way too old to be a young adult, so I was prepared to make allowances for some of the things I might find a little too “juvenile”, for want of a better term. I also found I would have to overcome my basic dislike for the use of the first person in fiction; I prefer the narrator-style approach because I find it…

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