What: Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim
Who: Sky Pony Press
When: November 8th 2016
How: A copy of this novel was provided by Sky Pony Press for review via Edelweiss.
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
This book was written for me. This gay steampunk novel was written. For. Me. And I am so, so happy to say that I LOVED Timekeeper, and it was everything that I wanted it to be. Here are some things that I loved about it:
DO NOT TOUCH ME. Colton is the most precious of all precious cinnamon rolls, and I just cannot even with him. He’s adorable and naïve and innocent, and those three things tug at my heart like NOTHING ELSE, I say. And the things he does are adorable and naïve and innocent, and I just want to wrap him up in a blanky and protect him from the evil in this world.
2) The steampunk society.
It was so realistic, and I absolutely adored the changes that Sim made to Victorian (I think it was Victorian) England because even though I know that women were treated like shit and homosexuality was illegal and punishable … I want to read happy things set in that elegant time period. So the fact that Danny being gay was a non-issue with people (who weren’t douches), and that there were women doing it for themselves was so, so very appreciated.
And the steampunk aspects were awesome, and integrated so beautifully into this society. I wanna live there to be honest.
Sometimes I wanted to sit him down and have a chat with him about so many things. I wanted to help him through his pain, and be his friend and support him in every way I could. One of my favourite aspects of his personality is the way he loves his dad. And the way he wants to do everything he can to save him.
4) The romance.
Danny and Colton are so … gorgeous together. They’re not perfect, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I love their relationship so much. I think the two of them complement the other so well, and I am just in love with the two of them together. I don’t want to say anything more because I want you to discover this relationship all on your own.
5) I devoured it and want more.
I read this book in under 24 hours, and the moment I finished it I wanted the sequel. I am 100% going to re-read this before the sequel comes out because I know that there will be new things to discover the second time around, and that I will enjoy it just as much as I did this time.
All in all, I absolutely adored Timekeeper. It was everything that I had hoped it would be, and it’s a book that I’m so glad to have read. I cannot implore you to read it enough because it’s so incredibly special.
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trigger warning: manslaughter, absent parent, homophobia, bullying, physical assault, use of ableist language, and PTSD in this novel