Firestarter (Timekeeper #3)by Tara Sim Published 15 Jan 2019
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The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause, or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time.
As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what's most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.
"Firestarter (Timekeeper #3)" Reviews
UPDATE; I’M FINISHED. My only coherent thoughts right now are: FUCK IT. So you should know this was a good ride.
Also, I want to applaud Tara Sim for actually making the characters suffer and not making it easy for them, because that’s realistic.
But also I would like to NOT thank Tara Sim because she made the characters suffer and didn’t made it easy for them. How fucking dare you?
AFTER FINISHING CHAINBREAKER:
Dear Tara Sim,
I hope that you have mercy with your readers feelings, please don’t kill Colton or Danny or Daphne. And I also hope this book comes out tomorrow.
Yes I took forever to read this as I savoured every bit of it. I even almost came to tears twice near the end which is really not like me. Those two things alone are indicative of how much I love this series. It has so many amazing elements: gods, weird time, gay boys in love, great friendships, spirits, magic (of sorts), terrorists, family and a cast of characters to adore.
I can't say much here about Firestarter as it is the third in the series. This is one trilogy where it's really important to read all three books in order. The entire story arc begins in the first 100 pages of Timekeeper (book 1). I love that it's clear that Tara Sim had the whole story thought-out in advance. Or at least she faked it well if she didn't (lol). All three books feel cohesive across each novel and at no time did it feel like there was filler.
Be prepared. That's really all I can say. But have some tissues ready because, like any good series, everyone does not make it. The choices made by Sim of those who do or don't make it are well placed. Each character that finds love, dies or discovers a new life by the end of Firestarter has a purpose and tells a morale that Sim has chosen.
Did I mention that I love this series?
I know I'm a broken record on this one but I really do adore it and cannot wait for Sim to release more books! If this is what she can do with her first YA trilogy I can't even begin to imagine what her next might be like. I hope she's fiercely writing so we all get another magical treasure from her.
TARA YOU DEVIL
Can't wait for this to come out for the public to read!
I'm waffling on whether to give this book 4 stars or 5 stars, but I'm going with 5 stars even though I thought it had some issues.
First, this book is significantly sadder than the previous two books, so be ready for that. Not everyone who starts the book makes it to the end. I don't like this in a book (I'm a big marshmallow), so this detracted from my personal enjoyment of the book, but I understand that this doesn't actually make a book bad (there's a reason Game of Thrones is such a hit).
Second, Colton changes a lot as a character throughout the book, and I don't think that this was addressed enough in how much this would impact his relationship with Danny. In a very real way, how much he was the same as a person was questionable. I actually liked Colton a lot better in this book than I did in the first book, but I didn't fall in love with Colton in the first book. If I had my feelings about Colton in the third book might not have been so positive.
I continued to really enjoy the world building. It felt very immersive, original, organic, and in-depth. I also felt like the characters were pretty realistic in their motivations. They were unfailingly altruistic or good or evil. There was a mix.
I didn't understand the thing being thrown in at the end with (major spoiler here) [spoilers removed] though. What was the point of that? If it was going to happen, why happen for such a short period? Why would [spoilers removed]. I was baffled.
But I really did enjoy the book a lot. Given that I was looking forward to it as much as I was, there was a lot of danger that my high expectations would make it unable to live up to those expectations. However, I still enjoyed it immensely.
"I don't know what came over me. Forgive me please."
"I always do."
4.5 stars rounded up. I love this series and Firestarter was a fucking amazing finale to this trilogy that solidified it's place in my all time favorites list. I seriously think this trilogy is massively underrated and that more people should read it, because honestly? It's leagues above most other YA fantasy. I will admit though, that this trilogy has a very special place in my heart because it has my exact aesthetic and honestly, is a book plucked straight out of my dreams: a sprawling steampunk epic fantasy (about TIME!! MANIPULATION!!!) story set in the Victorian Era with diverse characters, discussions of colonialism, and compelling mythology with a gay love story at its center. There is just so much to love about this book (and series in general) including great writing, an AMAZING found family, and moral questions that give the reader to chew on.
But honestly? My favorite thing about this whole series is without a doubt, the romance between Danny and Colton . I will admit that in the first book of this trilogy, their romance is kind of based on insta-love: however, it makes sense logistically within the lore of the story as well as Colton's character . Insta-love not withstanding, the way their relationship develops in the next two books is nothing short of amazing . As the plot thickens and deepens, their relationship is put to the test more and more, to the extent where their love is pushed to the breaking point . In spite of that, they continue to communicate with one another and respect one another, asking each other for forgiveness when the other wrongs them and vice-versa. They fought (for good reason) in this book, and my god, I wanted to cry out of frustration because I hate seeing the two of them fight because that is just how invested I am . Their lines and dialogue? Absolutely I-fucking-conic and swoonworthy . And in all honestly, they're just really fucking cute together?
Now for the characters. I love most, if not all of them . It is a given that I love Danny, Colton, Daphne, Meena, and Akash but Tara Sim managed to do the impossible and make me sympathize with Zavier? That was the last thing I expected from this book, but wow. It happened and I'm not mad about it. Two characters, at least for me, shined in this book: Colton (his character development. *cries*) and Zavier (not for his character arc, but the way he acts as the perfect foil for Danny). Colton... Colton, my sweet child, I am so proud of you sweetie. It is no question that Danny is the main protagonist of this novel and that his actions drive most of the plot forward, but in this book, Colton's actions have game-changing impact and it makes me so proud . There was moment in particular about how he was going to act as the voice for all of the rest of the Clock Spirits and ugh I almost cried . As for Zavier, I literally did say he could choke on a tide pod at one point, and while I did not like him persay, I appreciated how he was a mirror for Danny and how I could sympathize with him in this book.
Now the moral questions asked in this book: I am so into the idea of exploring the idea of what you would do if you were forced to choose between the world and the person you love . As someone who definitely internalizes the media he reads, I can say that question got me thinking and helped me realize that there is no easy answer to that . I know myself and understand that at the core of my being due to my loyalty and selfishness, I will always choose my loved ones over strangers; seeing Danny and Colton (especially considering their relationship) agonize over this question was so compelling and provided amazing food for thought .
Lastly, one of the best parts of this book: it's a finale that doesn't hesitate to rip your heart out. Tara Sim did not come to play with this finale, and the death toll racks up in the last third and you're left gasping because you're left wondering what the hell just happened? . This finale is about a war, with a battle between gods at its center: Tara Sim doesn't hesitate to explore the cost of war and it makes this finale, especially considering it is a YA fantasy, so much more amazing. The deaths, especially wow [spoilers removed]. The last third of this book was wild as a finale should be.
Now why not a perfect rating in spite of the fact that I rounded up anyway oof ? The writing, while amazing, does show some signs of amateurism . While the writing has definitely approved since Timekeeper and is perfect for most of the time , there's just one main way that it sucks: the sex scenes. Now, this is YA so I don't expect any overt erotica. However, some of the descriptions of the scenes that occur made me scratch my head and ask myself "Did I just read a sex scene? It's gotten better since last book, but the scenes still suffered from vague descriptions of feelings and movement. The only other flaw I can think is some of the characters were under-utilized: Cassie in particular doesn't seem to have any real bearing on the plot as she is so divorced from it for most of the time .
But overall, would I recommend this book (and trilogy by extension)? Yes. Without a doubt, yes. This is one of my all time favorite trilogies and I want so many more people to read it because it deserves more hype than it gets.