Infinite Time by HJ Lawson
Save the girl.
Save the day.
The mission sounds easy enough, but it is anything but easy for Parker Jenkins. Yesterday, ordinary, poverty-stricken Parker was an ordinary high school kid, getting bullied relentlessly and trying to get by. Today, he’s a time traveler with gifted powers expected to carry out the extraordinary. Teaming up with another time traveler, Scarlet, they must save an innocent girl on the run before the villains kill them all. If they don’t, their present-day selves will die. But can the ordinary perform the extraordinary?
Infinite Time is one of those quintessential underdog, geeky and often bullied protagonist becomes the hero type story. Parker is the type of guy who seem to stick out in the worst way. He father dies a tragic death, his mother isn’t always the nicest and of course he is too busy pining over the girl he can’t have who also just so happens to be dating the jock who picks on him on a daily basis. So busy in fact that he seems to either ignore his friends completely or sort of creepily fonds over her from a distance. While the whole underdog scenario isn’t new and bit overused in my opinion, the overall plot of the book is wonderfully original. Albeit there were a few plot holes.
Time travel has always been an interesting subject for me to read, mostly because I have zero concept of any type of time travel minus what I’ve seen on Dr. Who and Terminator (which I’m currently watching while writing this review). The fact that this style of time travel revolved around a dream like state that Parker and Scarlet, who is also a time traveler, shift back and forth between was really interesting. Parker, being the newb to this whole ordeal, sort of gets tossed into a crazy action packed situation without so much as a manual or a “time travel for dummies” book. While Scarlet barely explains, briefly, the need to know information, poor Parker really is flying by the seat of his pants. I mean the girl is a time traveler, but dear lord if she can’t find the time to explain what the hell is going on. This sometimes made certain parts of the story seem a bit farfetched if not complete accidents just based on how inexperienced Parker is.
Parker as a whole was a little difficult to get into. While I did enjoy the fact that he’s a total nerd, there were a lot of moments where I had to stop and remind myself that he is a high school student because he seemed so immature. Though, in hindsight, as a late twenties female who had to tragically survive high school boys, maybe that’s not so fictional. He’s a little too girl crazy for my taste too, but boys will be boys.
The action of this book was really fun and exciting. I’m really glad that this is a series because I feel that there is still so much to learn about this story. The possibilities are really endless for a style of book like this. Plus, I have to know, will he save his dad?