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.
What’s It About?
“The future is not carved in stone, not for me at least.”
Carter Gabel is a young man who has chronologically displaced person syndrome, or cdps, a medical phenomenon of the future. He is a time traveler who experiences sudden departures, usually arriving at his destination stark naked…
He is also a student at Pemberton Academy, a school with students who can time-travel, and read minds. At this school, he meets Mo, a young woman who can read his thoughts. This presents a problem because he is falling for Mo!
Together, Carter and Mo amplify each others abilities. A terrorist group known as the Program takes notice… Are the students nothing more than lab rats for the Program?
Carter has to avoid capture, say goodbye to his “normal” life and prepare to be on the run with Mo before the Program gets them. What follows is a wild series of events in this supernatural drama, involving explosions, reuniting with family, love, and loss.
I enjoyed this sci-fi supernatural tale of time travel and young adult romance, written from the perspective of Carter Gabel. Cartel Gabel is a lovable, and HILARIOUS character. (He even has his own online presence on Twitter in real life!) Carter made me laugh with all his witty comments! 🙂 I was glad the POV was through him.
Another equally lovable character, Mo, I just couldn’t get enough of! She was Carter’s “ride or die chick”!
The story itself featuring time travel, telepathy, mind control, and other supernatural elements, kept me interested throughout. Sci-fi isn’t my thing, I prefer women’s fiction, but I found it fascinating how he was able to travel through time and visit his family at different periods in THEIR time. He was even mistaken for his father when he wound up at the academy, years prior to current time. –I found that pretty neat!
The ending wasn’t at all predictable. It hits you all at once and you are left to say, whoa…. Carter Gabel is certainly a “legend”.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was given an e-copy of this novel, in exchange for a fair, thoughtful, and most importantly, a HONEST book review.
About The Author
Writing out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jonas likes coming up with new and creative worlds that speak to the plausible while remaining believable. With a fist-full of peanut M&Ms and a cup of coffee, he has written two novels about a snarky, supernatural teen able to time travel and more.
Beyond writing, Jonas has a gift for useless knowledge through watching trivia shows and a love for cinematic adventures. Music fuels his writing and you can see him actively on Spotify almost everyday.
Oh, and let’s not forget video games…he likes those too much, if there is such a thing.