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Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

This second book in McNamee's THE NAVIGATOR TRILOGY picks up a year after THE NAVIGATOR left off. Life has been easier for Owen since the defeat of the Harsh, but the Resisters' disappearance once the disaster was taken care of leaves him lonely. His friend, Cati, left to hold the position of Watcher and remain awake while the remainder of the Resisters slumber, feels the same loneliness; she can see Owen, but he cannot see her where she hides in the shadows of time, and she is not allowed to contact him except in the case of a great emergency.

Of course, such an emergency quickly appears. While talking with a girl at school, Owen sees her face change for a split second into that of an old woman. Cati witnesses a flock of geese quickly age and turn to skeletons before falling to the ground as dust. Cati attempts to wake the sleeping Resisters, but they will not stir. She enlists Owen's help, and together they are able to wake a small number of the resisters, including Dr. Diamond and the warrior, Pieta. Dr. Diamond determines that the strange happenings are a result of there being not enough time present in the world; this lack of time is interfering with the physical universe in strange and threatening ways, which will eventually result in the distortion of gravity and may cause the moon to come crashing down into the earth. Cati, Owen, and Dr. Diamond set off in search of the mysterious "city of time," Hadima, where legend has it that time was once bought and sold.

This book moves at a faster pace than the previous one in the series, and I enjoyed it more. It also makes use of more characters' perspectives from the very beginning, allowing the reader to see the story through the eyes of most of the main characters. The ideas behind the story in this novel are richer and fuller; now that McNamee has established the rules of his world, he begins to play around with them, introducing new settings and characters while elaborating upon old ones. It would probably be difficult to get the full emotional impact if these books were not read in order, but whether you read it on its own or as part of the larger trilogy, CITY OF TIME delivers action, adventure, and not just a little speculation about the nature of time and our place in it. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
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CATI, THE BOLD Watcher readers met in The Navigator, returns from the shadows of time to summon Owen and Dr. Diamond, for time is literally running out. The moon is coming closer to the earth, causing havoc with weather, tides, and other natural cycles; people fear the world will end. To discover what’s gone wrong, Cati, Owen, and the Doctor must take an astonishing journey to the City of Time, where time is bought and sold. There, Owen begins to understand his great responsibility and power as the Navigator.

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When he receives the cryptic message that "time is running out," Owen, known as "The Navigator," summons Cati and Dr. Diamond and together they journey to the City of Time in order to discover what has gone wrong.

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