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Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: November 8, 2016
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.
When I first began reading this I was in a fairly bad reading slump. I kept picking up books and setting them down after a few sentences. That was so not true here. I was entranced from the very first sentence.
Danny is the youngest every clock mechanic, and he's determined to save his father from a town whose time stopped... three years ago. He's sent by his boss to repair a constantly faulty clock in Enfield. While he's there, the clock spirit of Colton Tower shows himself to Danny, grateful for the attention Danny gives him. Danny and Colton begin to spend more time together, but bad things happen when Danny begins investigating how his father's accident happened.
As I said, I loved it from the first page. I loved how torn Danny was about working in Enfield versus trying to build the new clock tower to save his father. I loved that in this version of Victorian London, homosexuality wasn't considered evil, and I loved that women had much more prominent roles in society. Danny's best friend was a girl who happened to be a mechanic.
While I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers, I do want to say that I loved the plot and the characters. And while some things were fairly predictable, others weren't necessarily. It was a super fast and fun read, and I couldn't put it down.
As I said, I loved it. If you are a particular fan of historical fantasy (as I am), you would probably love this book. But even so, I recommend this to just about anyone.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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