Series: Hourglass #3
Genres: Science Fiction, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by EgmountUSA on August 6, 2013
Source: Publicity Agency
Cover Artist: Lissy Elle Laricchia
Reviewed by: Abigail
The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.
With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
Most YA series follow the same protagonist throughout the series, or they expand to include additional POVs. The Hourglass series has featured different protagonists for each book with increasingly minor cameos by the preceding protagonists. Whereas Emerson completely captivated in HOURGLASS, and to a lesser degree Kaleb in TIMEPIECE, neither Hallie nor Dune were compelling enough to finish this series on a high note in INFINITYGLASS.
I'm chalking this one up to flimsy and rather generic characters. Hallie was on the reckless, wild side--and not in a good way, and Dune was about as interesting as a cardboard box. I never once felt an authentic spark between them or even a decent connection to substantiate the mild case of instalove that followed. Worse was the hackneyed mythology that managed to be convoluted and overly simplistic at the same time.
The plot itself-minus the infinityglass mythology--feels like a really dated romance novel: father hires a body guard for his bratty daughter, daughter tries to ditch, taunt, and seduce-in-order-to-get-fired the body guard only to fall for his stoic and resourceful qualities. For inexplicable reasons, the body guard breaks his own rules to keep things professional and gives in to the girl. Cue the kissing.
Unfortunately, the Hourglass series is one that slowed down for me with each book. The finale, INFINITYGLASS, bears little resemblance to the decent sequel and even less to the promising debut. Not even the minuscule cameos from Emerson and Kaleb were enough to inject any much needed excitement into this book, which is unfortunate since the author rewrote three completely different versions of it. Kinda makes me wish we could go back in time and read one of the other versions instead.