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.

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