by Jonas Lee
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.
A Time to Reap is the first novel an author requested I review. My husband can attest to the goofy happy dance that resulted from that request so thank you Jonas Lee for the confidence boost! I am excited to post a review of A Time to Reap!
A Time to Reap is about a young couple, Carter and Mo, with extraordinary talents who are forced to fight for their lives against the organization known as the Program. Readers experience the story from Carter’s point of view and are in for a treat as Jonas excels at character development. Carter is a snarky teen who has no qualms with talking to himself and a love for ‘classic’ movies and music. All of the ‘classic culture’ references left me giggling in nerdy delight! Mo is just as quirky and delightful to read and the two teens made a great team. Now I am normally the first person to provide an exaggerated eyeroll at novelized teen romances, but Jonas has made the relationship feel real. I would have no problem being friends with these two cheeky teens. Also, Jonas has nailed first-person point of view which leaves me awestruck as an aspiring author; first person POV is hard to write!
The one thing that left me frustrated was having to wait to learn all the complex details. I am not a patient person, and therefore not a patient reader. I wanted to know more details about Carter’s situation in the beginning of the book. I had a hard time waiting for Carter to get all the details so I could know them too!
Honestly, this a great debut novel! Character development is definitely one of Jonas’s gifts and I enjoyed the complex plot A Time to Reap contains. The story is fun, fast-paced, and full of smartass remarks! I definitely recommend A Time to Reap, especially if you are looking for a fun YA novel that is thankfully much different than the typical novels currently flooding the market. Thank you for providing me with a copy Jonas! I can not wait to read the next installment and now I need to go watch both Push and Ghostbusters!
Has anyone else read A Time to Reap? What did you think?