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When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
I am midway through the book, and on Goodreads there are mixed reviews on this book. I am fascinated by time travel, so this book appeals to me on that level. Without spoiling too much, Kate is attracted to both a guy in her present, and also someone she sees in the past. It seems like love triangles have become a staple in Teen fiction, whether you like the trend or not. My vote on this so far is read it if you love history, time travel intrigues you, and you enjoy sequels. My guess is Chronos Files #2 will be in our future! Timebound was the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction, and Grand Prize Overall Winner in 2013.