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The Navigator (The Navigator Trilogy #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  527 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Owen turned to Cat but she was staring into the woods, her face a mast of fear. Far off, but moving closer, were two figures, both white, both faceless, seeming to glide between the trees. "The Harsh" whispered Cati."They're here."

One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: Time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when th
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published 2006)
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Hillary
This was one of those books that taught me a lot about my own writing. The first word that comes to mind regarding this book is, "yikes". This slow-to-start book gave me shivers with it's ill-written grammatical errors and awkward plot points. I managed to ignore enough of that to move easily enough through the story. Of course, the poorly coordinated accents, speech, dialect and idioms frustrated me time and time again as apparently the author thought that just leaving words out made various pe ...more
Linda
I swear that I need to lay off these time warp books! First of all, I thought that the author was the guy who wrote the Artemis Fowl books since the first name, Eoin, is the same. (I love that series) Not. This book had a LOT of flaws and didn't make much logical sense to me. I don't think that the author thought this time stuff out very well. In the story, time is hurtling backwards caused by these frozen beings called The Harsh. Why? When this happens, and it has happened before, a group of sl ...more
Paul
This novel is about a young boy who finds himself in a very strange situation.

Owen's father committed suicide, and people around town whisper that Owen will follow in his father's footsteps. Mom has sunk into a fog of depression. In Owen's forest hideaway, there is a huge flash, and everything has changed. Geographically, Owen is in the same place, but everything, and everyone, that he knew is gone. A person called the Sub-Commandant tells Owen that a rag-tag group of humans called the Resisters
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El-jorro
Bookworm Speaks!

The Navigator by Eoin McNamee

****

The Story: One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: Time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when the Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless they are stopped, everything Owen knows will vanish as if it has never been...And Owen discovers he has a terrifying role to play in this battle: he is the Navigator.

The Good: At first glance, this book can seem like an ordinary youth
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Mauro Hernandez
One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: Time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when the Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless they are stopped, everything Owen knows will vanish as if it has never been...And Owen discovers he has a terrifying role to play in this battle: he is the Navigator. After reading this book, it made me go straight to Barnes and Noble and buy the next book in the trilogy.
Karlan
Mar 17, 2008 Karlan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: age 9-12
If you know any 9-12 year olds who need a new, exciting fantasy, this is a good one. The Irish author has published adult books previously. Young Owen is called on to save the world from those who want to make time go backwards to a period before humans. The twists and turns and scary villains make this a page turner.
Erica
In the classic tradition of juvenile fantasy novels this story revolves around a young boy who sees something odd in the woods around his house one day and decides to follow it. This opens up a new reality to him and soon everything that he knows and loves is gone and in danger of disappearing forever if he can't rise master the rules of this strange new world and save the day. The world is a pretty interesting one; there's a lot of good, creative details although apparently not particularly mem ...more
Kirsten
Nov 21, 2008 Kirsten rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle readers, YA fantasy fans
Eoin McNamee brings us a good first venture into the realm of middle-reader speculative fiction. There are elements of Philip Pullman and Garth Nix here, and it also reminded me a bit of Jeanette Winterson's recent children's novel, Tanglewreck. It's less ambitious than Tanglewreck, though, and I'm inclined to see that as a good thing, since that one really got mired down toward the end.

In contrast, The Navigator moves along at a fast clip and refuses to get too involved in the mechanics of the
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Alicia
Good adventure/fantasy for fans of Gregor the Overlander, maybe Artemis Fowl, and others.

Owen is an outsider in his village for reasons he doesn't quite understand, unless it's because his father killed himself when Owen was a baby; at least, that's the story. If only his mother hadn't become so distant and distracted lately, he'd be fine with his outsider status.

One day he sees a strange figure in white, a flash of darkness, and everything changes. His home and town look like ancient ruins, and
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com

Owen is ostracized by the other children around him for his father's death long ago, a presumed suicide that resulted in his mother being thrown into a haze of depression from which she cannot escape. By his young teens, he's quietly self-reliant, managing the house on his own and taking care of his mother who is forgetful and not always lucid. He spends his time wandering around the terrain outside of his house, by a river and an abandoned old buil
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Libby
Mike Fitzgerald, I finished this one for you!

I don't know that there was anything wrong with this fantasy, about a boy who gets caught in a battle between evil (a group of beings called the Harsh who set time to turning backward) and good (the "resisters" who exist on islands in time and try to set it forward again), but it just didn't appeal to me. The rule-setting of the world seemed a little off--it's always hard to play with time, but I just kept forgetting that time was supposed to be runni
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Ryne
[Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

Required Category(ies) Satisfied: Fantasy

This novel operates on an interesting--though not wholly original--premise. Young Owen's sad and humdrum life is changed when he learns that a secret society called the Resisters, long asleep, has awakened to protect the world, and that he has a special destiny to help them--Hm! Kind of like Will Stanton and the Old Ones in Susan Cooper's series The Dark is Rising. Owen and his new friends from the Resisters must protect The Work
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Chris
What I wrote when the Times Review came out:
Steam-punk young-adult weird-fiction? I'm there! The review was positive (though it did say there was a heavy debt well-worn Harry Potter and Star Wars cliches), but it still sounded good, AND the illustrations look awesome. Not enough illustrations these days.

Now that I've read it:
Wow, what a disappointment. The book was headed for a three star review for the first two-thirds, but it crashed and burned in the final stretch. At first, the McNamee did a
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Dave
I have read a ton of books, but this one of my favorites. The universe is interesting, the plot is unique, and the characters so real. When I read I pretend I'm a friend of the main characters, or that I'm making a documentary about them and can hang out with them and really get to know them - this book was written wonderfully. My only negative is the frequent use of damn. I really wish this book was more popular so that it'd be made into a movie.
Jennifer
I read this book to my son who is 9 years old. It was a bit of a slow start for him but soon he was mesmerized by the adventure and became keenly interested in it. Overall it's a decent tale and I appreciated that while the main protagonist was a boy there was also a girl character who effected the plot and action. The "island in time" premise was interesting and The Harsh made excellent and mysterious villains. This is billed as the first YA Steampunk and there is definitely plenty of archaic g ...more
Kathy Lane
This time the cover provides a glimpse of the story one wouldn't expect once you realize who/what is pictured (*reference to my last posting re: Rover where I thought the cover was a detriment to the book's appeal).

The Navigator is reminiscent of The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials) where the hero learns along the way what the enemy is, and what his role is in the war. Owen also shoulders an unusual care taking role of a parent. Time is stretched, manipulated and turned backw
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Jill Porter
I love a book where the main character is the only one who can save the world, the life, and everyone is counting on them to do it.
Deedra
I must admit I was unsure if I should continue reading this book after I read the reviews.I'm glad I did!It was a really fun read!
Sharon Skinner
This might be a decent story, but there are too many good books out there to spend time with one that is poorly written.

Lazy writing: protagonist's description via looking in the mirror, not just once, but twice!

Passive voice throughout the narrative. I think the word "was" is used in nearly every sentence.

Non-specific description: a dire lack of sensory details beyond sight and touch left me ungrounded and rudderless in the setting.

Cliche: in one case, twice in the same paragraph, which is whe
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Yobel
Amazing you have to read it.
Dayna Smith
The first book in The Navigator trilogy. Owen is a young boy whose father died in a terrible accident. He often goes off into the woods to his own special den. One day he sees a strange uniformed man in the woods. The man tells him "It has begun" and Owen finds himself involved with a group of Resisters who are trying to keep the evil Harsh from destroying time itself. The Resisters, or some of them at least, believe Owen is the Navigator, the only one capable of stopping the Harsh. A cute serie ...more
Elisabeth
it was very good
Maly
OMG!!!! This is a really awesome sci/fi book about.... well... let me just tell you what it says on the back of the book.
"Time is running out..... One day the world around Owen shifts ominously. Time flows backward, and his family and familiar places disappear. Time can be set right only when tge Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless the Harsh are stopped everything Owen knows will vanish as if it has never been. And owen has a terrifying role to play in this battle."
Sofia
I read the second book before the first one and I really am liking the series.There was a great conflict and I was really anxious to see what would happen next!I hope to read the third book soon!
Wendy
I listen to more books on audiobook than read them in print these days. This book was a difficult listen. I had to give it more of my attention than the average book. It was slow to get through because I had to keep backtracking to make sure I knew what was happening. It has a couple more books in the series. I'll probably read/listen to them eventually, but I'm in no rush to do so.
Clayton Yuen
This is my first novel by Eoin McNamee. I liked the intricate story (of course, all time travel stories are intricate!) that went on and on and on. I guess the first story of a series needs to set up the environment and the storyline, but I found myself getting a bit bored.

Perhaps the 4 stars I have rated this novel show how good a theme we have at hand, but just a little too long.
Quinn
I found the Navigator easy to read and something I would want to share with my children. It is a fun quick story about a boy who doesn't alwasy feel like he fits in with the rest of the world, and finds out he has a greater purpose on an Island In Time. Highly recommend for younger readers and those who just want to escape for a short while.
Julie
For some reason I kept coming across this book and not wanting to read it. It was recommended to me by a colleague whose son LOVED it, so I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. A good action/adventure with elements of both science fiction and fantasy. Eoin McNamee has written some very well received books for adults as well.
Michele
Jun 16, 2015 Michele rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children/Adults 11+
Recommended to Michele by: another random find at the lib.
Am rereading.

My 2008 review is below.

This children's fantasy was a fun read, creative, imaginative. The hero makes mistakes but is earnest and daring. He saves the world at the last possible moment. Now I'm waiting for him to do it all over again. The mood is ominous and dangerous. Probably a book for children around 11 or 12+.
Susan
Well, we read them out of order since we picked up the third at a library book sale. We thoroughly enjoyed this book, but a big part was due to the fact we already knew the characters and where they ended up. More like seeing Star Wars prequels after a return of the Jedi, but the actors were the good ones all the way through.
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McNamee was born in County Down, North Ireland. He was awarded a Macaulay Fellowship for Irish Literature in 1990, after his 1989 novella The Last of Deeds (Raven Arts Press, Dublin), was shortlisted for the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Award for Irish Literature. The author currently lives in Ireland with his wife and two children, Owen and Kathleen.

He also writes as John Creed.
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