August 6, 2013
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Hourglass and Timepiece.
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.Over the first two books we've met Emerson, Michael, Kaleb, Lily and the other members of The Hourglass and learned what they can do. Almost all the while they've been looking for the Infinityglass. Infinityglass was time for everything to come together.
With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
Lily gave The Hourglass a leg up on Chronos in Timepiece by figuring out that the Infinityglass was a person a not an object now they just have to find him or her, first.
I still loved loved Myra McEntire's writing in Infinityglass but the novel as a whole was a bit of a disappointment. As this was the series conclusion and a culmination of some things, I was expecting it to be a bit bigger, a bit more. When the book concluded, plot wise I was left wanting.
Dune - one of The Hourglass members - along with Hallie, a new character, are the two narrators here; the chapters alternate between their perspectives. Dune is a character we didn't see a ton of in the previous books and there's a lot more to him we're able to learn here. Hallie probably isn't one of my favorite of the new characters to the series but she fits in nearly flawlessly and has a great story.
MTV's Hollywood Crush called Hourglass "Doctor Who in a YA Package." While this wasn't why, I think it's very Doctor Who-y that McEntire is able to add new characters - and expand the role of older secondary characters - to this series and integrate them into the established world and story so well. Even if you may not like the characters, they fit, they become a part of the story, not the whole story.
With the new setting of this book, I did miss having the other characters as present. That was something I really loved about the previous two novels, not only the characters and their individual personalities but the way they played off of each other.
I enjoyed reading Dune and Hallie's interactions and the finding out more about each of them as the book progressed. Though, the dialogue did get a big cheesy at times, the characters themselves would take it back.
There's still great humor, character development and some fantastic thought put into how the science, time travel works. I did like the previous two books more and wish I had loved this third book as much, if not more.
received for potential review from publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers