ARC Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

timekeeperTimekeeper by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press on November 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Steampunk, LGBT

Pages: 368 Format: ARC Source: EW

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

I acquired this ARC from the publisher on Edelweiss. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.


When I heard the premise for Timekeeper by Tara Sim, I knew I needed to read it ASAP! With clock towers that control time, an alt-Victorian setting, and a lonely boy looking to find his place in the world, I fell desperately in love with this narrative and its characters. Danny Hart’s journey is a sweet, emotional tale which Sim’s writes brilliantly and I just cannot stop thinking about it.

Let’s start with how freaking cool this world was! I mean, clock towers that are in control of time. Brilliant! The intricacy of how mechanical issues impacts the time in a community was so riveting to discover. From skipping hours to a Stopped town, mechanics are pivotal to time running smoothly but I appreciated the dissenters who were concerned with their power. I also loved Victorian London as the setting and the steampunk elements that were mixed in.

Danny Hart was the soul of this story and I’m so glad I connected with him. He was struggling at home with a missing father and distant mother but also at work after a serious accident. Danny persevered though and his experiences at home and at work were extremely relatable. And then there’s my sweet clock spirit Colton. He’s so understanding and wants to experience more than just his tower. These two give me so many feels, I can barely keep from squealing.

Sim really does impress with this debut. Her writing pulled me right in and it was so easy to read that I finished it in about five hours. There’s just so much to discover within this book. From a little mystery to life threatening situations, the action and adventure never stops but Sim so expertly weaves poignant emotion into her story. I cannot wait to see where she takes this series next!

Overall Tara Sim’s Timekeeper was a beautiful story that I just could not put down. Danny and Colton were such compelling characters and I was emotionally invested right from the start. Plus the world was so inspired and unique that I want to live inside these pages. I will definitely recommend this book, until my last breath if necessary, and want to dive back in and reread to my heart’s content.

So are you excited for Timekeeper? Do you enjoy a good science fiction story? How do you envision time being controlled? Let me know in the comments below!

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