Time Bomb

Time Bomb

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...

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Title:Time Bomb
Author:Joelle Charbonneau
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Time Bomb Reviews

  • Carrie

    When I first saw the description of Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau I couldn’t help but be extremely curious. Last year I had heard all the buzz for This Is Where It Ends and had high hopes when I picked that one up only to be really disappointed. However, after reading Time Bomb I have to say that this one was what I was looking for last year.

    For me as a reader I had thought This is Where It Ends completely lacked character development and I simply was never drawn into the students stories or b

    When I first saw the description of Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau I couldn’t help but be extremely curious. Last year I had heard all the buzz for This Is Where It Ends and had high hopes when I picked that one up only to be really disappointed. However, after reading Time Bomb I have to say that this one was what I was looking for last year.

    For me as a reader I had thought This is Where It Ends completely lacked character development and I simply was never drawn into the students stories or brought to any kind of level of caring as they went through such a horrific event. I also thought that the author had taken the opportunity to write about a school with diversity in her characters and turned it into something that felt awkward at any mention of the diversity.

    Time Bomb made such an improvement on those major areas that had bothered me in This Is Where It Ends and actually brought a horrific and very much a realistic event to life. The entire book takes place over a couple of hours during a time a few students were in their school when bombs began to explode. It changes the point of view between six main characters that are each still alive and struggling with how to get out of the school.

    The book has a very intense vibe to it as the story unfolds but in the back of my mind I also made the comparison to the Breakfast Club with the group that formed. We had the football star, the princess who is a Senator’s daughter and Ms. Perfect of the school, the tattooed bad boy, the overweight and bullied outsider, but then stretching the cast of characters even more and bringing the story into this decade was the boy who had not only just come out to his family as gay but was also a mixed race, and then we had a Muslim student who struggled daily with the prejudices against him.

    As the story began and with each chapter changing the point of view it was easy to see that the entire group all had their own secrets and struggles. It became clear that all would have a motive for being behind the bombing so it leads the readers to the question of which one really did it? With a short cast of suspects I’m sure many may guess but regardless this was one that made me feel I’d stepped into this horrible scenario and was on the edge of my seat waiting for the outcome.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Amy's Book Reviews

    2.5 STARS

    Four bombs explode inside a high school. Seven students trapped. One is the bomber. Another one gun has a gun. A senator’s daughter. A bullied girl. A Muslim. A mixed race gay football player. Another gay football player who also plays straight. An orphan and the girl trying to save him from himself. Not all will survive.

    Long before Parkland, I preordered TIME BOMB, a different take on school shooting meets The Breakfast Club. Joelle Charbonneau uses six third person points of view to l

    2.5 STARS

    Four bombs explode inside a high school. Seven students trapped. One is the bomber. Another one gun has a gun. A senator’s daughter. A bullied girl. A Muslim. A mixed race gay football player. Another gay football player who also plays straight. An orphan and the girl trying to save him from himself. Not all will survive.

    Long before Parkland, I preordered TIME BOMB, a different take on school shooting meets The Breakfast Club. Joelle Charbonneau uses six third person points of view to lay out the moment by moment story which takes place over six hours (not including the epilogue). While TIME BOMB held my interest, I didn’t feel invested in the students and the story lacked tension possibly due to so many characters.

    I spent the first parts of the book thinking “I’m going to be SO MAD if Charbonneau makes Rashid the bomber.” Soon I had a different suspect, which turned out to be right (as well as obvious and unrealistic).

    TIME BOMB is an interesting, but lackluster read.

  • Ana

    This was a quick, suspenseful, read & it was made all the better with my Once Upon a Book Club gifts. :)

  • Ishmeen

    When I first read the synopsis, it instantly gave me vibes similar to One of Us is Lying which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I was super keen on reading it. And for the first half, the book lived up to my expectations since I couldn't put it down! Although it was nothing like what I thought it would be, I was still so interested since there were multiple POV and an aura of mystery that surrounded the plot which I gre

    When I first read the synopsis, it instantly gave me vibes similar to One of Us is Lying which was one of my favourite reads of 2017 so I was super keen on reading it. And for the first half, the book lived up to my expectations since I couldn't put it down! Although it was nothing like what I thought it would be, I was still so interested since there were multiple POV and an aura of mystery that surrounded the plot which I greatly enjoyed. But sadly I didn't find the second half as gripping as the first and the story line seemed to drag on for way too long that I resorted to skimming some POV because I was starting to get bored 😐 There are some deeper messages behind the story line that I appreciated but in terms of my own enjoyment, I found it a bit lacking. Not sure how I feel about the ending since it took me by surprise and hit me in the feels a little since I didn't think things would end up the way they did but then again things in real life rarely do so I guess it's a good depiction of that 👏🏼

  • alice (arctic books)

    Full review to come!

  • Jen Ryland

    Not terribly impressed with this. I think that in 2018, books about topics like mass violence in schools NEED have moral, psychological and political complexity.

    I've read similar books (I'm mainly thinking of

    For me, this book had many of the same issues - lots of POVs but uneven character development, and a rushed, info-dumpy ending that left me completely confused.

    1. You're thrown right into the action with these six characters and

    Not terribly impressed with this. I think that in 2018, books about topics like mass violence in schools NEED have moral, psychological and political complexity.

    I've read similar books (I'm mainly thinking of

    For me, this book had many of the same issues - lots of POVs but uneven character development, and a rushed, info-dumpy ending that left me completely confused.

    1. You're thrown right into the action with these six characters and the book needs to get you to quickly relate to and care about them. I had tremendous empathy/concern for their situation, but I didn't feel like I got to know each of them the way I hoped. Points for diversity, but some characters were better-developed than others. I kept getting the two athletes mixed up. Diana was a walking stereotype - the rich, uptight blond girl we've seen a zillion times before. Z and Cas felt very flat to me. I think Rashid had by far the most interesting POV, though I can't speak to its authenticity.

    2. Not the author/publisher's fault, but it was unfortunate timing that this releases a month after the recent, horrific Parkland school shooting. This book tried to have a (very slight) political bent, but given the recent surge of anger and frustration surrounding school violence, this felt out of touch with the mood of the country. (see #5)

    3. This was (also unfortunately) a book that focused more on the suspense than shedding light on a complex and important topic. The guilty person's motivation was incredibly confusing. The quick info-dump explanation at the end made it all seem not very well thought-out.

    If you thought

    was amazing, then you might want to try this, but this one needed more thought and more depth and more political edge for me to be able to recommend it.

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  • Courtney

    It's the week before a new school year will begin at Hallwood high school, but the doors are open to students and teachers looking to get a head start on what they need to do. Some are setting up their classrooms, others are getting their student ID's or fixing their schedules... but there are

    who entered the building with

    intentions,

    .

    On a day the high school was supposed to be empty (at least, by the t

    It's the week before a new school year will begin at Hallwood high school, but the doors are open to students and teachers looking to get a head start on what they need to do. Some are setting up their classrooms, others are getting their student ID's or fixing their schedules... but there are

    who entered the building with

    intentions,

    .

    On a day the high school was supposed to be empty (at least, by the time the incident occurred), a bomb exploded from somewhere inside, trapping all who were still in there and causing serious harm to most of them.

    .

    Somewhere between the first explosion and the last, seven teenagers are grouped by chance during their desperate struggles to escape:

    . Each one is totally different from the other, but differences aside, they all have one common goal:

    . However, when they find a radio and listen in on what the media is brodcasting, they come to the shocking realization that they're stuck inside with the bomber. What's worse?

    . While the firefighters and police do what they can from the outside, not being able to come in because of the danger, the teenagers have to fend for themselves in the deadly environment.

    They all went to school that day to make a point to either keep up appearances or to make the world see them in an entirely different way. Little by little, we get to know them as they try to battle fire and smoke with the walls collapsing around them, clambering through the rubble in search of an exit, fighting for their lives while being injured and terrified. The more that's revealed about any of them, the more you see that any one of them could be the mastermind behind this domestic attack.

    . There's the daughter of a congressman who has to keep up her perfect facade, least she give the public a reason to vote her father out. The star quaterback with a secret he desperately wants to stay burried. The boy who's tired of being ignored and having his feelings brushed aside. A girl who's done trying to fit in just to avoid being bullied. A guy who wants to be seen for who is, not feared for the religion he follows. A tattooed orphan who wants to teach someone a lesson and a friend who wants to stop him from making a huge mistake.

    .

    Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau is a thrilling YA mystery story about a bombing that takes place in a high school. I was

    for this novel - I did really enjoy this book, but I just felt let down by certain aspects.

    This story starts off right where the action is, giving us only a little about each character through out the book to keep the reader guessing. The Count down and non-stop suspenseful action and drama will keep you turning the pages - this was a very quick read for me because it was so hard to put this book down. The world building was great, even though this only takes place in a school, there are tons of descriptions and vivid imagery.

    This book is told in the POV's of six out of the seven MC's, which I enjoyed. However, to keep the mystery going we weren't given very much on any of the characters, and while I felt horrible for what they were going through, I can't really say I grew attached to any one of them. Each one was stereotyped by their peers, but they all had their own story to tell - which reminded me a lot of The Breakfast Club... but with a deadly twist. I loved how this tragedy opened their eyes to their own bias and prejudices, however, we don't get to see them really learn or grow from it. I suppose the bombing brought some of the survives closer, and they ended up learning a lot about themselves, but I'm not sure they took much else out of that situation, which was unfortunate. A couple didn't even really change at all, and went their separate ways like nothing had ever happened. Yes, every one deals with things in different ways, but I couldn't help feel let down by that.

    It was hard to tell who the bomber was, everyone had a motive, but not everyone was actually out to hurt other people. At one point I did assume it was a certain character, and even though I switched back and forth a few times, I always kept that one in mind and I ended up being right in the end. But I wouldn't say that this was predictable at all, all the twists kept me second guessing myself and made everything exciting.

    I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fast paced, action packed stories about realistic events. This book touches on a lot of important topics such as school violence, homophobia, suicide, and prejudice. Unfortually I wish the characters would have

    that they learned to be more accepting and maybe wanted to work to putting an end to school violence, instead of the contemporary-like ending of everyone just trying to move on in their own way. With all the school violence that's going on today, I feel this book could have helped send a

    message to its readers. All in all, though, I did enjoy this story and will be on the look out for more from this author.

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  • Jackie

    i finally finished a book!!!!! i didn’t have time to read all week so i made it my mission to read as much as i could as soon as i got home today (i spent the week in Poland with my family).

    Time Bomb is about a group of students who happen to be at school the day a bomb goes off. they work together to find a way out of there, but everyone of them is hiding a secret. while being trapped, they find out that the bomber is still inside the building and possibly planning to set off more bombs, so th

    i finally finished a book!!!!! i didn’t have time to read all week so i made it my mission to read as much as i could as soon as i got home today (i spent the week in Poland with my family).

    Time Bomb is about a group of students who happen to be at school the day a bomb goes off. they work together to find a way out of there, but everyone of them is hiding a secret. while being trapped, they find out that the bomber is still inside the building and possibly planning to set off more bombs, so they all grow wary of each other.

    tbh when i first saw this on Netgalley,

    however, the timing of the publication of this book is very unfortunate with the whole gun control debate and March for Our Lives going on in the US right now.

    this book is fairly short and easy to read so it didn’t take me long to finish it but it was hard for me to decide on a rating. overall, i think the story was fairly enjoyable.

    i also really appreciated that the author incorporated the discussion of how Muslims are portayed by the media and how they're treated by society in relation to terrorism. Rashid was such a lovely and kind character and i Felt for him so much. he kept talking about his struggles with his religion and how people always judged and stereotyped him based on his religion and his outer appearance (ie. him having a beard). i really liked that the author challenged the idea of "all Muslims being terrorists" (honestly if you think that just unfollow me now) because it's so important for people to realise that you cannot generalise a whole group of marginalised people based on what a few of them did (especially with regards to everything that is happening right now).

    but yeah i loved Rashid and i just want to give him a big hug and shower him with love :(

    while reading through the reviews beforehand (i am NEVER doing that again!!!) so i knew who the bomber was from the very beginning. it kinda sucked because it took away from the whole mystery of the story but at the same time i could read between the lines and find little hints in the character's behaviour that alluded to them being the offender.

    all in all, Time Bomb was pretty average and i think i might have liked it more if i hadn't known who the bomber was! the reason why i'm giving this two stars is because of Rashid :)

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