Book #41 of 2016: Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker

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The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate’s options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her—including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate—are increasingly unclear.

Kate will risk everything, including her life, to prevent the future her grandfather and the Cyrists have planned. But, when time runs out, it may take an even bigger sacrifice to protect the people she loves.

Time’s Divide starts right where Time’s Edge ended. This single act sets up the pacing beautifully. You don’t have time to breathe from the moment the book begins to the climax, I ended up listening to the audiobook outside of my chores and during my usual quiet Kindle reading time. This book took away minutes of time I usually reserve for my writing or other reading. I was that engrossed.

There is a big twist that resolves the Kate/Kiernan/Trey triangle. I found this both a bit of a Deus Ex Machina and a great resolution. There were times I was happy about it and times I wasn’t. It’s not because I am upset with who Kate ended up with. I actually didn’t see the trio’s dynamic as a love triangle. It was pretty easy to see who she was going to be with.

As for the overall book, it had moments that I wasn’t keen on. I’m still on the fence about the ending. I feel it ended abruptly and that Kate’s work isn’t finished. I felt intimidated and fearful for the future of the Chronos Files world. Rysa Walker may have ended Kate’s story, but there is no doubt that she left it open for possibilities.

I know there are a number of novellas, Kindle Worlds (basically fanfiction), and upcoming comics, but I feel that Rysa Walker may be planning another book tie-in that may resolve everything. I’m sorry, but I feel unresolved. I had a serious book hangover that I’m still trying to fix. I hope there will be another book. I want there to be.

A great trilogy in all and I’m pretty sure I’ll be listening to it again. A definite for young adult time travel fans.

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