A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel series) by Jonas Lee

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Kindle Price: $0.99

Official Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.
Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.

My Review:

A book about time travel that I can understand without a migraine? By all means, let me read it.

I sincerely enjoyed A Time to Reap and here’s why.

Carter Gabel is a Leaper. That is, he can “leap” through time, which is an interesting ability; the only problem is, he can’t control it, all he knows is when it’s about to happen. And to make matters worse, when he gets back to the present, he’s stark naked. Unbeknownst to everyone, but his mother, Carter is a lot more powerful than he could fathom and things are about to get pretty rocky in the boat of life.

Carter was a rather well-rounded character and I enjoyed him. He had a genuine mother-son relationship with his mom; they were friends but his mom made sure he knew who wore the pants in the house. I don’t recall much about his life outside of being a Leaper, but he still had depth. The main focus of his life wasn’t just being a Leaper, but a compilation of being a teenaged leaper and being a teenager in general. He had flaws, struggled with anger, feelings of abandonment, strong feelings of love, and many other things that made Carter who he was as a character. He was a true hero with some snarky comments that made him loveable.

Maureen “Mo” Zester is just as interesting as Carter. Mo is an Eventual, someone with a low-level ability that’s hidden quite well, but occasionally have telepathy or telekinesis (sometimes both). I loved how Mo wasn’t a cliché “damsel-in-distress” love interest, but was more than just a beautiful girl who the hero loved, she was a beautiful heroine. Carter could have never done what he did throughout the story without her and vice versa. I liked that Mo kept him calm when his anger was consuming him and also knew when he had his anger under control. There isn’t too much about her and hopefully in the sequels book she will get more of a back story, but for now, the information that was given about her was enough.

I cannot even begin to describe how refreshing it was to have the hero, be male. I enjoy many Young Adult books with heroines, they can be and are wonderful to read, but there is nothing like seeing the world through a man’s eye. If we’re being honest, a lot of female heroines all have the same “cookie cutter” view. The type of view that’s been proven to be “tried and true” with previous novels, but because it’s overused, it gets old quickly. Thus, reading a book in a male’s perspective was very refreshing. I also sincerely appreciated that Lee didn’t attempt to make Carter into a sexual teenager constantly making sexual comments and having explicit sexual thoughts just because he was male. Carter was a realistic male teenager, with some dirty thoughts and respectable reactions to them. Lee also had Mo have dirty thoughts as well and that too was realistic and respectable. For once, someone managed to write about the sexual side of teenagers without overdoing it.

The romance part of A Time to Reap wasn’t overpowering and complimented both parties involved. It was a bit “love at first sight,” but it didn’t ruin the experience for me because, I have to admit, they (Carter and Mo) were absolutely adorable together. They weren’t the “you complete me” cliche couple, but rather the “I need and want you around.” couple and it was beautiful.

So far I have loved the book, so why a four out of five-star rating? Some of the things I read just didn’t sit well with me. For instance, this moment where Carter is speaking to a villain: ““And each time you eat anything with sugar in it, throw up.” At least that will help him lose that turkey neck and give him an added incentive for better health.”” I was horrified to read this. Is the guy who Carter is talking to a villain? Yeah. But I honestly don’t believe that that is an excuse. If you want to kill him, then kill him, but you don’t give that kind of order. There are (at least) three things wrong with this.

  1. Does Carter know what foods have sugar in them? It’s not just donuts and chocolate. Fruit has a type of sugar in it. As well as vegetables, some milk products, honey, and a lot of other foods we eat. Carter does not specify what type of sugar, but does he know that glucose is a type of sugar as well? If Carter had said something along the lines of, “Do not ingest anything that has high fructose corn syrup or you’ll feel very queasy,” then maybe I wouldn’t have been so upset.
  2. Carter made the villain throw up any time he eats something with sugar in it. This can cause severe dehydration, your teeth and mouth to be damaged because of the stomach acid, and extreme fatigue. Why would you do this instead of just killing him?
  3. How dare Carter decide that the villain’s health is his concern? You don’t have any right whatsoever to “give him an added incentive for better health.” No matter whom you are, how you’re related, or what you think is best for their health, you cannot just casually force someone, especially in such a damaging way, to work on their weight. You don’t do that.

Maybe it was to show that Carter has some flaws, I just feel that that concept  could have been shown better.

That incident aside, I liked A Time to Reap, I believe that Lee did a great job with representing teenagers accurately in the Young Adult genre. 4/5, would recommend.

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