I received this book for free from Author's Assistant in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel, #1) by Jonas Lee
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on July 2014
Genres: Young Adult
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Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter's sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father's involvement with it all.
Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.
When I first was approached to review A Time to Reap, I fell in love with the cover. It was extremely beautiful, the title was also intriguing. I normally shy away from time traveling books because I tend to lose interest and become confused with all the time hopping. I decided to give A Time To Reap a chance and I am glad I did.
A Time To Reap begins in a world similar to ours but it has its differences, such as there are people who can leap through time. These time travelers are also known as Leapers. We are introduced to a Leaper in the very beginning who is named Carter. He is almost like your average teenager, he is funny, likable, snarky, brave and not afraid to show his emotions. Carter seems like the average teen however he can leap through time, he is still learning how to control his abilities when we are first introduced to him. We also meet Mo, who also has special abilities like Carter, however she can read minds also known as an Eventual. Together, Carter and Mo form a strong team. They are able to feed off each other, their powers are magnified making them strong and unstoppable together. Their romance for me happened entirely too quickly for me, I would have loved to see it develop a little slowly but the book was so fast paced so it did fit the book quiet well.
Overall, the story was fast paced and intriguing. I did not see the twist and turns coming throughout the book. I was thinking one thing was happening and then the plot would twist and I would never see it coming! Half the time, you could find me yelling “What! I did not see that coming!” or “Are you serious?”. The twists and turns of the story kept you on the edge of your seat because you never knew what was going to happen next. I have to say it was unlike anything I ever read. I loved the fact that I never knew exactly when a twist or a turn in the plot was going to happen so I never knew what to except. It was unlike anything I have ever read.
When I finished the book, I felt out of breath. I was so caught up in the story I would forget to breath in fear I would miss an important clue to the next twist. I did find some parts of the story confusing but that did not take away from the story.
If you are looking for an action packed novel this is for you.