Forty Leap by Ivan Turner

Posted February 29, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Mathew Cristian is a son, a brother, and an uncle. He is a worker and a watcher and a nobody. But Mathew Cristian can travel into the future. Mathew Cristian cannot stop travelling into the future. He is a hero and a savior. He is a fugitive and a revolutionary. Mathew Cristian is a Forty Leaper.
This author has a fairly well known reputation from the series Zombies, and this is a what I am assuming is a big departure from his books having to do with Zombies. I have to say the concept is an interesting one, a guy traveling through time. But to be honest it’s not the most completely original idea, but that being said it is an original book using the theme. 
I have to say that Matthew as a character was quite interesting. And quite sad. The book is written from his point of view, and through most of the beginning there is very little dialogue, so the plot is really given from Matthew’s point of view. The only issue with this is that it feels like the retelling of a story and not really like you are along for the ride. For me a book really has to grab you, and normally that involves me feeling like I am apart of the action and a part of what is going on within the book. That being said, it was interesting enough for me to continue on reading. I really wanted to know what was going on with Matthew, what the problem was for him. 
The issue for me was really in the beginning was the time jumps. He would explain what was going on in his life at that point in time, and then suddenly we were hours ahead, or days, or weeks even. On the plus side I do feel like I was experiencing the same level of confusion as what was going on with him. I was even more surprised when he was suddenly accused, or thought of as a bad guy, as someone responsible for bad acts. But at the same time Matthew knew nothing about what has happening during his blackouts, so maybe he did. It did add a bit of mystery as to what was going on in the time that Matthew was having these blackouts, and let me tell you book having an elements of mystery certainly helps the reader want to continue on reading the book. 
Matthew generally speaking is a good guy and a good characters. It’s easy to feel bad for his situation, there are people he cared about who pass away during his blackouts, and I couldn’t help but try to imagine the guilt he felt because of that and how he was going to handle it. That being said he handles things a little more calmly then I expected, he doesn’t freak out that he is losing time, just kind of accepts it and keeps going, which that in of itself is pretty sad. 
I could go on about what happens as the book progresses, but I think it would be a disservice to you as a reader, because Matthew’s journey is really once that you should go on with him, and not be told about by a review; it truly would ruin the fun of reading the book. That being said I would like to give the book a “good” rating because it is well written and it does keep you interested throughout the book. I think this book would be for anyone who is looking to read something out of the norm. This book doesn’t really fit into any one mold, and because of that I think there is a wider audience that it could tap into. So if you are looking for something new and interesting check it out. 

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