Time Warped

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/06/2023
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Time Warped by Micky O'Brady is a Young Adult science fiction novel with a powerful story and an equally incredible protagonist. Set 200 years in the future, our protagonist Nonie is a 17-year-old prodigy. However, that is not enough to validate her promotion to Lieutenant in the United Space Exploration Fleet. More concerning still, she is given a secret mission that just might be beyond her abilities. Nonie has no idea that she will travel 40 years back in time, be stranded, and meet the legendary Captain Kieran. Before they know it, they have formed a bond, but Nonie cannot move because everything has a consequence and may change the future forever. But sending Nonie back into the past is not an isolated event. Some sinister plans were made, and Nonie and Kieran are finally figuring out what these are.

The narrative of Time Warped is fantastic. It is intricate without being too complex and is written to perfection. At first, I thought this would be a simple YA tale, but Micky O'Brady surprised me. Nonie is not your typical YA protagonist. She is not a cry baby and is not desperate to give her family a better life. She is not a damsel in distress who desperately needs a companion to help her out. Nonie is a smart girl (smarter than her age) and knows what she needs to do to get out of a mess. Kieran and Nonie are partners and companions. No one has the upper hand in the relationship, and I love that. The descriptions blew my mind. From the opening scene till the very last one, the author created pictures with her words, making it easier for me to enjoy the story. The action is alive, the plot is perfect, and the development is on point!

K.C. Finn

Time Warped is a work of science fiction and time travel by Micky O’Brady, which is suitable for the young adult reading audience and upward. Our central protagonist is seventeen-year-old Nonie Thorburn, a young whizzkid with plenty of skills who is promoted to Lieutenant of the United Space Exploration Fleet in a version of Earth set 200 years from now. But when Nonie’s first serious mission goes awry from the start, she finds herself forty years back in the past and face to face with a long-dead figure: the charming young prodigy Captain Kieran Wildason. Getting close to him is a terrible idea, but the complexities of time travel converge around Nonie, and she soon realizes that her every action could be the difference between saving Kieran’s past and destroying her own future.

Micky O’Brady has crafted a novel that intelligently handles time travel paradoxes and science fiction tropes, making for interesting and original reading. I enjoyed the fact that the complexities of the plot were delivered step by step, making the concepts accessible to a YA audience but respecting the logic that had to follow enough for more mature readers to still be satisfied with the resulting plot. I also enjoyed the intellect and emotional know-how afforded to Nonie and Kieran, who are young prodigies with plenty of youthful folly but are also given proper respect for their skills and the impact they will have on the future. Overall, I would highly recommend Time Warped for fans of time travel fiction of any age and teen readers looking to get into the genre with a high-quality read.

Amy Powers

Time Warped is a young adult novel by Micky O’Brady that is perfect for teen readers who enjoy time travel and science fiction with thought-provoking characters and twists. Even with her father’s position in the United Space Exploration Fleet, seventeen-year-old Nonie has worked hard to earn her place at the top of her class at the academy. She will be given a promotion to Lieutenant if she can complete a top-secret mission. Unfortunately, the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Nonie ends up forty years in the past aboard the famous USEF Pioneer. Meeting her mentors as young men is a shock, but Nonie is inexplicably drawn to young Captain Keiran Wildason. Nonie then finds herself torn between following her heart and keeping the future timeline intact.

I have certainly never been as engrossed in a story as I was with Time Warped. Micky O’Brady has taken a classic science fiction theme – time travel – and turned it into an original thriller that is both futuristic and also modern and relatable at the same time. It is way more than just science fiction; there is suspense, mystery, and romance all twisted together in a complex plot. Nonie’s multiple timelines are presented in an out-of-sequence manner that is perfect for the presentation, and all the key moments are revealed with perfect timing. I am still in shock at the way things worked out, and I would love to read this book again just to find all of the little hints that were hidden along the way.

Ruffina Oserio

Time Warped by Micky O’Brady is a wonderful meld of time travel and science fiction in a story for readers who enjoy strong plot points and tautly written characters. Nonie Thorburn is just seventeen when she is promoted to Lieutenant of the United Space Exploration Fleet. Her top-secret mission goes wrong, and she finds herself transported forty years into the past where, stranded, she meets Captain Kieran Wildason. It is a pivotal period in human history, and while Nonie is instantly drawn to Kieran, she knows she can’t do anything that can alter the timeline. When she is torn between following her heart and a mission to redeem the future, she makes startling discoveries about her mission, and everything is not as it seems. In this mesmerizing tale, she must make a choice between sacrificing the man she loves and protecting the future.

Intelligently plotted and deftly written, Time Warped is a spellbinding novel that kept me turning the pages. I adored the characters and enjoyed the author’s exploration of history and a setting that will captivate readers. Micky O’Brady’s characters are realistic, and they leap off the pages with a life of their own. Nonie is a young character that is fully drawn, sophisticated, and humanly believable. The author uses this character to build the conflict at multiple levels: psychological, emotional, historical, and situational. With the stakes this high, the protagonist must navigate a complex world, understanding that any action she takes can alter history. She is in a dilemma that establishes the conflict and enriches the plot in surprising ways. The story is as suspenseful as it is delightful.

Divine Zape

Time Warped by Micky O'Brady is spellbinding science fiction with wonderful shades of time travel, a gripping story replete with intrigue and adventure. Four weeks before graduating from the academy, 17-year-old Nonie Thorburn is promoted to Lieutenant of The United Space Exploration Fleet. She is tasked with a top-secret mission. When she is transported forty years into the past, she gets stuck and finds herself under Captain Kieran Wildason. Irreversibly attracted to the captain, Nonie Thorburn knows that even if they are a perfect match, a relationship is forbidden. The consequences could be dire for history and for her time in the future. She also makes the disturbing discovery of the intrigue that led to her taking this mission and nothing is what it seems. What was Admiral Mashaule’s real motive in choosing her? Her actions in the past will determine the fate of the future she comes from.

This engaging story is expertly plotted with a protagonist that readers of all ages will root for. She is intelligent, driven, and strong. When readers meet her, she comes across as someone who makes her own decisions. Even when her father never wanted it, she joined the Academy because she felt it was best for her. Her inner world is exquisitely written and readers will adore how the internal conflict plays out within her, with streams of consciousness that plunge readers into the very center of her psyche. Meeting Kieran is a twist that I never saw coming and it helps to build tension, create suspense, and augment the conflict in the narrative. The protagonist is torn between saving her future and choosing the man she deeply loves. Micky O'Brady's writing is sprinkled with engaging and natural-sounding dialogues and while these dialogues unveil character depth, they help to move the plot steadily forward. Time Warped is fast, hard, and propulsive, a hard-to-put-down story that has a huge dose of adventure and action.