Author: Myra McEntire
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples – cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’ return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered – with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…
This was the sequel to Hourglass, a debut from last year that I really enjoyed. Sadly, this book didn’t quite live up to the first book in my opinion. It switched first person narrative from Emerson, the young girl at the center of the first book, to Kaleb, the young book who was sort of an angle in a love triangle between Em and her eventual boyfriend, although it was kind of obvious that he didn’t stand a chance. Despite that, I really liked him, so I was happy to see that he was going to be the main character of this book. Unfortunately for me, rather than having more interesting scenes between him and Em, McEntire (slight spoiler, although it’s kind of obvious that it’s going to happen) decides to pair Kaleb up with a fellow spare from the first book, Em’s best friend (sorry, read it months ago and can’t remember her name right now. Was it Lily?) In the first book, I thought her friend was a decent minor character, which is pretty big coming from me – I tend to be overly critical of female best friends, for some reason. Of course, in this book she plays a bigger part and falls prey to my dislike of irritating female best friends, although in this case she’s now a major character and a love interest. This kind of ruined part of the book for me.
Other than that, the story was fairly interesting. I was sad to no longer be in Em’s head, since we saw less of her brother and his wife, who (spoiler if you didn’t read the first book, I guess) was revealed she was pregnant about halfway through the first book, I believe. Of course, the focus of the book was never on them, but the Hourglass company. It was also interesting to see more of the other people that Michael and Kaleb lived with who weren’t really in the spotlight in the first book. I hope the series continues to expand upon them, especially since it seems the series will continue switching protagonists. The character I really want to know more about is Ava, who seems to be one of the most complex and interesting characters in the book. If Kaleb wasn’t going to end up with Em then I kind of wanted him to be with Ava, since they have an interesting dynamic, but of course it was not to be – at least not yet. Hopefully the third book, which McEntire has confirmed will happen, will take the issues I had with this book and get rid of them, instead focusing on the good things, such as Kaleb ditching Lily (I’m pretty sure that’s her name, but don’t hold me to that) and her becoming less annoying again.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars