Untimed (Rules of the Regulator #1) By: Andy Gavin
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates. As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem. When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it. And there’s one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!
I believe this book was written in first person present tense, at times, and it’s not a tense I’ve spent a lot of time reading so every now and then I was taken out of the book because a sentence sounded wrong. I would have to re-read to make sense of it and that took me out of the story.
There were also some pacing issues. For the most part it was a smooth pace but it would sometimes slow down and I found myself skipping some paragraphs.
A few reviewers had issues with the teen sex going on, but I kind of thought that was realistic, and it didn’t really bother me. It’s not like he was going into graphic detail it was more of a fade to black.
The story was interesting and I’m curious to see what happens next but I wasn’t overly fond of any of the characters. I liked the fact that the time travel had rules and he didn’t just give Charlie or Yvaine special powers that made them different. Charlie had to work with what he had, and he was able too.
Yvaine was my least favorite character and I realize it’s because Gavin wrote her true to life. I’m fairly certain she is how a girl from her time would act, which just makes me sad , and glad that I live when I do.