The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.
With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
I didn’t realize that this would be the last book of the series. It’s either I enjoyed reading it and still can’t get enough of the book or I’m looking for something that the book came short of. I still can’t decide which of those really explain how I’m feeling for InfinityGlass. I adored the first two books especially Timepiece because I love Kaleb and Lily, but this book? I’m not so certain. Hallie and Dune were not compelling enough to end the series in a remarkable way.
I can’t say I’m disappointed entirely, a little I may say. I like the book. There are chapters that kept me reading it and really thrilled me. Some pages made me even feel that I can’t stop reading. I love how the setting is depicted, which is in New Orleans. I like the twists, how the story has ended and how things turned up, but there are some things that bothered me.
Hallie is not so unique herself like Emerson or Lily for that matter. I’d assumed that Lily was indeed the InfinityGlass because of her ability. Hallie’s ability to transmutate is just like Mystique from Xmen minus the blue scaly skin. Nothing so cool about it really. I got the picture of her sending rips away, but it’s so mediocre. It’s like the author ran out of incredible things to make up her ability or even personality. She’s the usual rich brat girl who wants to escape his mob father’s protection. Not to mention, being a pain in the ass of her bodyguards. Cliche. Dune on the other hand is flat. I expected too much of him. His ability is like of Percy Jackson being able to control water, but it’s not even highlighted on the book. He is portrayed as a knight in shining armor, but with wood for a sword. Yeah. He helped figure out things, but what’s the use of his time related ability? Really? Why made him with like the way he is for nothing? The love story? Oh. Instantaneous. I never felt the connection with it, unlike with Emerson-Michael and Lily-Kaleb love stories. I felt so giddy and in love with theirs. Even found myself grinning and wanting more. Sigh. With Hallie, I’ve thought that she only sticks up with Dune because it is where she can be out of his father’s grasp and feel love because her mother doesn’t love her. The need to belong especially when she met the rest of the Hourglass team. Then again, Dune’s curiosity with the InfinityGlass pulled him towards Hallie. He’s been obsessed with it since he was young and that’s about it. It’s like they’ve fallen in love just because they needed each other. That’s weird.
The only relief I got was that nobody died and they lived happily ever after. Well at least, it didn’t break my heart like most books do. Killing characters that were dear to me. I’m also a little sad that the series has ended. I’ll surely miss the Hourglass team and I’ll still recommend the series to readers in spite of my concerns about the characters on this book. It’s kind of a breather for all those YA books that’s all about angels, demons and stuff because the plot is uniquely crafted.
Don’t forget to read the first two books: