In Untimed we are introduced to Charlie. No one can remember Charlie’s name, not even his mother. He goes through life alone and friendless. The only advantage is that the girl next door doesn’t remember when he makes a fool of himself. There are only two exceptions to Charlie’s plight and that is his father and Aunt Sopie. Unfortunately they aren’t around much. There is something that Charlie’s father is going to explain on Charlie’s birthday. When his father doesn’t show, Charlie is worried but he is even more worried when a odd looking man tries to kill him and then disappears into a vortex. Determined to learn what is going on, Charlie follows the man and ends up in eighteenth century London.
I wasn’t sure about the book when I started it. It is one of those books that I picked up because the cover looked interesting. It didn’t take me long to get hooked into a terrific story. Andy Gavin gives Charlie an authentic teen voice and a more complex character than we often meet in young adult fiction. The premise of the book is well thought out and truly fascinating yet we aren’t bored with long explanations of how it all works. We find out the way that Charlie does.
Charlie isn’t the only strong character in the book. Yvaine, the female lead is also a very mixed character and her dialect is enough to add to her character without being so much as to drive me to distraction.
This is the first book in a series and I am already looking forward to the next one. This is a well written, well put together book that any one who enjoys adventure will like.