Book: Infinite Time
Author: H J Lawson
# of pages: 138
Start to finish, this book took me about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, including interruptions. I was also reading fast, so it isn’t an accurate time-frame for others to use. It isn’t a long book, so many people can enjoy this book without it taking up a lot of their time.
Save the girl.
Save the day.
The mission sounds easy enough, but it is anything but easy for Parker Jenkins. Yesterday, ordinary, poverty-stricken Parker was an ordinary high school kid, getting bullied relentlessly and trying to get by. Today, he’s a time traveler with gifted powers expected to carry out the extraordinary. Teaming up with another time traveler, Scarlet, they must save an innocent girl on the run before the villains kill them all. If they don’t, their present-day selves will die. But can the ordinary perform the extraordinary?
The Nitty-Gritty: As the name suggests, this is a book on time, more specifically, time traveling. It starts off introducing Parker, our protagonist, at age 11. We get one of the most common tools used to set up the present situation, the past dream. Parker dreams of a past moment of anguish to give some family background info without having a prologue that needs to mesh into the first chapter. After he wakes up from the dream, it moves on to the present-day Parker, age 15-17, at high school. He’s a nice kid, quite responsible for his age, with his moments of teen-lazy (aka, video-game playing). Parker is a normal boy, going through problems most of us have gone through or at least understand.
Okay, so far there isn’t anything really to hate about our main character. However, there is one this one trait that I hate in anyone, be it boy or girl, and unfortunately for Parker, he has it. So I’m just going to take this moment to bash the main character. Let me give you a little background: He and his friends, Douglas and Kimi, are the nerds that are constantly picked on by the “cool” kids. Parker has a crush on the head cheerleader Clara, making her football quarterback boyfriend bully Parker for staring at his girlfriend. No big problem for me, it happens now and then.
Here comes the reason why Parker just irks me nearly to death. I don’t begrudge him his crush on a pretty girl; it’s his stupidity toward the object of his desires that makes me want to slap some sense into him. He thinks that because Clara is beauty incarnate, she is an innocent and kind girl. Seriously?! Good-looking kids are typically selfish and mean during high school, especially the “it” crowd. And Parker is totally blind to it. Example: Clara looks at Parker and his friends, turns to her friends to say something, they all turn to look at our nerds, and then they laugh. Normal reasoning: they’re laughing at us. Douglas gets it. Parker’s thoughts: maybe they’re talking about something else. And it’s cool that she’s looking at them. That means Clara knows they (the nerds) exist! Hello? Denial much?! Afterwards, he gets bullied, and then goes home to his normal unhappy home situation.
So basically, it has been a typical day for Parker. Then the unexpected happens. He goes to sleep and finds himself in Japan. Parker has no clue what’s going on and meets a fellow time-traveler named Scarlet, a kick-butt redhead who drags Parker along on their “mission,” which Parker hasn’t a single idea what it entails. Parker is confused and disoriented; he has no idea what’s going on, why all this is happening, and constantly believes it must be a dream. As you can assume, Chapter 12 and onward is a mass of confusion. The reader is in the same position as Parker, not knowing what’s going down and why. I can’t tell you more without giving away too much, but it is basically as if you were suddenly kidnapped and made to tag along and help James Bond/Jason Bourne in one of their dramatic chase-and showdowns.
Well, all sorts of stuff goes down, and then somehow their mission is done and they go back to their time, in other words, Parker “wakes up” in his bed. Scarlet pops in and assures Parker things are resolved. She promises to explain to him how things work things later and then leaves. Then Parker has an idea, a thought of personal history-rearranging. Oh my God, OH MY GOD, you mean he’s going to… flips page….
WHAT! THE! HAY! @%%&^%)((_)(^$^#^(&) !!??!!*
I kid you not, the book suddenly ends. It was a cliffhanger of such epic proportions that I literally dropped my phone and started rolling around vigorously on my bed, spouting wordless gibberish for a whole minute. I was that mad. As slowly as it started off, the book had grown on me like ivy, and now that I had reached the end of the book, the ivy suddenly tightened the noose it had form around my neck and choked me with great amusement. I mentally rate books as I read, and the rating fluctuates with how the plot goes. Throughout the whole book, I was giving it a solid 3***, but with that last page (and it’s not even a full page), the rating bumped up a full star, a solid 4****. That last page changed the whole flavor of the book for me, turning me into a raving loon. I must read the next book!!
To summarize: it is a pretty good book, perfect for fans of time-travel and realistic protagonists. For the rest, it’s a good read, a little slow in the beginning but full of adrenaline towards the end, in addition to a great cliffhanger.
So, I must ask you: Has anyone here ever read a book that was almost boring but had a sudden twist that made you beg for more? Please leave a comment with the name and what you thought about it as a whole.
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