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Friday, March 1, 2013

Untimed Review

Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates. As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who the bigger problem is. When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.

And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

A lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

My Review

This was an amazing adventure! The first thing I noticed was the cover of course. I didn't even read the blurb before deciding I had to read this book, the cover is out of this world! I was drawn in immediately by the storyline. There's a mixture of history and future in Untimed. The characters are fascinating and you will quickly have your favorites picked out. I was really rooting for Charlie and Yvaine throughout the whole book. There is no down time in this book, it's one sticky situation after the next happening at break neck speed. You will find yourself reading late and waking up early to find out what happens next. The pictures in the book added so much to this story and really helped put vivid images in my head as I was reading.

This author is the creator of the Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter video games, of which my boys have several in their collection. As I was reading this I could absolutely see this as a great new video game! Or even better, a movie.

One thing I would note is that this book states the reader age at 10+. Honestly I would put this book more at a 15-16 year old reader age. There are some pretty strong emotional situations in the story. But that's just me, i'm kind of an overprotective mom lol.

About Andy Gavin
Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.


  1. Hope your neck feels ok after reading the book lol. I would definitely be buying the game if it came out !

  2. Funny you mention a movie, as I'm adapting it for the screen :-)

    Thanks for the great review!

  3. A movie!!! Andy, that would be awesome!!!

  4. I love this cover. I think I'll let my daughter read it when she gets a little older.

  5. I've read a few books about time travel. This one sounds like a great action adventure. I'll have to put it on my TBR list.

  6. Time travel is so much fun, the possibilities are endless :)