‘The Chronos Files’ is Walker’s time travel series. Historians from the future, trained by Chronos, to go back in time to observe. One person, however, deviates from plan causing a handfull of them to get stuck in their last assignment. The Revisionist changes key events, creates a religion, and starts a movement causing the entire timeline to shift. No one can return to Chronos or their time. Kate’s Grandmother, an eccentric woman she knows little about except her mother hates her, requested she live with her for the summer. She’s not inclined to, but her college will be paid for if she agrees. It has a classic leaning, except canon wouldn’t accept a grandmother who technically isn’t born yet. Kate’s grandmother needs her to fix the past so she can be born. What I’ve described is the basis of Walker’s trilogy. The Young Adult time travel series is solid, and complex, enough most people should enjoy it. There is a love triangle, more or less – it depends on what timeline your in – but it’s handled well. Walker uses detailed/discriminating theory for her basis of time travel and sticks with it. People who get frustrated at lengthy scientific explanations shouldn’t be overwhelmed. Those who need the philosophy to hold up to basic scrutiny will be content. Walker struck a delicate balance. Book three, ‘Time’s Divide,’ has twists. In it she ends her trilogy with Kate being forced to travel to the future despite fears and warnings.
The Cyrists, a religion, has infiltrated governments, law enforcement, and society. It was created by Brother Saul with help from Sister Prudence. Saul’s roots are several centuries in the future. He claims to want to fix the mistakes of the past for a better future, but his motivations are questionable. The only thing truly evident is he will use any method, or person, to achieve his ends. He destroyed the future Kate’s grandmother knew. Kate is trying to fix it with the limited tools, Chronos Keys and Diaries, her grandmother brought with her on assignment. Keys combined with specific genetics allow a person to travel in time. The combination is rare. Kate is her grandmothers last hope at tracking down the remaining unaccounted for Keys. She is tasked to keep them out of Cyrist hands, and fix the timeline. Every step forward shifts reality. Shifts cause confusion, physical pain, and losses. The last two books dealt with specific events in history, the Chicago World’s Fair, when JFK was shot, etc. Ultimately, in ‘Time’s Divide’ Kate has to infiltrate the Cyrists and travel into the future. The problem with this is it is an unknown. Saul’s actions may have destroyed it leaving a void. She has nothing to research and nothing she can rely on.
Kate Rudd narrated the audio version I listened to, and she does will with it. She is consistent in her character interpretation and differentiation. I prefer to listen to this series rather than read it, but you should like it either way.
I enjoyed The Chronos Files trilogy and Kate’s travels to the past. Walker wrapped up the story well. She did leave herself an opening to continue but this is supposed to be the last book. We’ll see. Since I have more fascination with history than the future this was not my favorite of the series, but it was good. Walker delivered on her large cliffhanger from the second book. I think she could have done more with it, but she had an awful lot to complete in this book. If you are looking for a quick read, small history lessons, well executed concepts of time travel, and action I recommend the series for you.