Warning: Haven’t read Hourglass by Myra McEntire yet? Don’t read below because there may be spoilers. There won’t be spoilers for Timepiece, however.
Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire [website | twitter]
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format read: Paperback received from Egmont at TLA (Thank you!)
Summary: Told from Kaleb’s perspective, Timepiece picks up after Em and Michael have returned back from rescuing Kaleb’s dad from a burning building. Jack continues to destroy the time space continuum, and the Hourglass crew is given a month to make everything revert back to normal. Or else. Kaleb has to figure out how to use his empathetic abilities to help track down Jack or a devastating time alteration could affect them all.
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To recap Hourglass:
We were introduced to Emerson (Em), a girl who saw people others couldn’t see. They looked real, but they would often be people from other time periods. Em meets Michael who introduces her to the Hourglass team, where she learns about time traveling. In fact, she learns more than that – she can actually time travel. I fell in love with Em because she’s small and petite, but packed a punch and could verbally take anyone down. The interactions between Michael and Em were phenomenal. There was an explanation for why Em felt so drawn to him and why their connection was (literally) electrifying. The main outcome of Hourglass is learning that Jack is manipulating the time space continuum and it’s beginning to affect travel completely. After Em and Michael return from saving Kaleb’s dad from dying, we learn that Jack has stolen important paperwork that will make things more difficult for them to continue time traveling. (That’s a bit vague, but I don’t want to spoil this TOO much for anyone who hasn’t read Hourglass.
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Timepiece shifts gears a bit – we’re no longer reading from Em’s perspective. We get to really dive into the life of Kaleb – a snarky, womanizing, drunk-all-the-time seventeen year old. I enjoyed the bits I got to know of him in Hourglass, so I was super pumped for the change. Often times, changes like this can make or break a series. (Did anyone else throw Breaking Dawn when Jacob’s point of view randomly made an appearance? No? Okay – just me, then.) Because I really enjoy Myra’s writing, I hoped the change would be intentional.
It definitely was. Myra didn’t let me down. Kaleb is broken. He’s suffering from the current state his mom is in – on life support, with all of her memories striped away from her by Jack. He feels completely helpless and isn’t sure how to use his empathetic ability for anything productive. His ability to constantly feel what other people are emoting leaves him extremely vulnerable so he drinks (too often and too much) and casually sleeps with girls to ease the pain.
When Kaleb was introduced to Lily, Em’s best friend, I did a fist pump. Lily put everyone in their place and she took shit from no one. She was guarded and trustful of few people. She said exactly what was on her mind and wasn’t easily charmed by Kaleb’s tattoos and good looks. She sounded like exactly the kind of girl Kaleb needed. Lily has a special ability that was alluded to in Hourglass, but we finally get to see her talents come to fruition. Em feels that Kaleb is a good person to help Lily figure out how to use her skill, so these two end up spending tons of time together. Lily and Kaleb are often at odds with one another. He’s abrasive. She’s a hard ass. This means, as a reader, you’re in for a treat. Their interactions were awesome. I often found myself laughing out loud.
With an ultimatum set in place for the time space continuum to be fixed by Halloween, Kaleb and crew are on the hunt to track down Jack. While some of the time travel talk went a bit over my head (I haven’t read many of these kinds of books), I did find that Myra made it understandable if I was willing to take these sections a little slower than usual. Lily finds out how she can be useful despite there being severe dangers if she exercises her abilities. Kaleb realizes there may be more to his empathizing than he originally thought.
I don’t want to leave you with any spoilers that will take away from Kaleb’s story. Expect to laugh and to enjoy McEntire’s writing. Timepiece was just as enjoyable as Hourglass, and I’m anxious to see how McEntire continues this story in her next book (which just sold to EgmontUSA – congratulations, Myra!). One final recommendation: either re-read Hourglass or read the cliff notes Myra linked to on her blog. I read the posts and opted not to-reread and found it was perfect for me to feel connected to the story again.