TIME BOMB by Joelle Charbonneau
A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.
They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.
Disclaimer: Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book for free in exchange an honest review, as always, all opinions remain my own.
I really wanted to love this.
If you don’t know, thrillers are my favorite genre besides contemporary, so I was really excited to read this one especially because I really love claustrophobic/contained thrillers, so any book about a school shooting/bombing immediately sparks my interest.
TIME BOMB didn’t live up to the hype that I built up in my head.
My biggest problem was the characters. This book has SIX main characters, which led to too many POVs. I had the hardest time remembering who was who because their voices weren’t differentiated at all. I was able to finally grasp it about 50% through the novel, but it was definitely too little, too late.
A really big problem I had with this was the diversity. At first glance you might say something like, “Well Dylan, it’s very diverse! There’s a mixed character, a fat character, gay characters AND a Muslim character!”, And while this is true, the representation was handled so badly that it didn’t make an ounce of a difference. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t ANY research or sensitivity reads done at all while writing this book, because it felt like the author added in these identities just so she could say it was inclusive and didn’t do much of anything further than that.
VERDICT: Because of the lack of character development and the poorly handled diversity, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend TIME BOMB. There are definitely books very similar to this that are much more deserving of your time, and your money.
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