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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Alex is a Spinner—she has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of Spinners is restricted to Centers—compounds created to house and protect them. Alex's society uses the Spinners' skills to solve major crimes, but messing with time comes with consequences: no Spin ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Boyds Mills Press
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Carolyn O'Doherty A trilogy. The sequel, UNLEASHED, comes out in Fall 2019. I'm writing the final book right now. It's pub date is Spring 2021. (Sorry it took me so lon…moreA trilogy. The sequel, UNLEASHED, comes out in Fall 2019. I'm writing the final book right now. It's pub date is Spring 2021. (Sorry it took me so long to answer, I just saw the question!)(less)

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Ms. Yingling
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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Alex has the ability to rewind and freeze time. There are a few children like her, but the public fears them, and they are raised in a group home and trained to help solve crimes. Alex works with Mr. Ross, going to crime scenes and rewinding time until she can see what happened. When the two work on a bomb incident, they manage to get the bombed diffused and identify the bomber... who is found dead soon after. Alex has a bout of time sickness, which worries her. Few
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was not the non-stop heart-pounding adventure that I had anticipated based on the synopsis. However, in this instance, I think it only added to the story and really set up a series that has a lot of interesting potential.

I won't give you a second synopsis of the book because O'Doherty did a great job of snapshotting the premise. I will say that Alex was an incredibly likable and endearing character and I'm excited to see how she grows and faces the interesting challenges that this story ha
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It’s beautifully written and a real page-turner. Each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger and I could hardly wait to see what happens next. A lot happens. This is the story of Alex, a 16-year-old girl with a rare gift: she can stop time and then rewind it to reveal events in the past. Her ability is such a boon to the Portland police department that Alex lives in the city’s Crime Investigation Center. So do other teens who help the police solve crimes by freezing and rewinding time. But ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to dislike this so badly going into it, but it was lowkey kind of a good read! Don't get me wrong, this kind of reads like a dusty paperback you would find on a high school bookshelf, but I'm not mad about it. I thought the plot was interesting, if not a little predictable, and that Alex was a great character to view the story through. I think the relationship between her and Ross was super interesting and the (view spoiler) ...more
Lisa Nocita
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-2018
2.5 stars
Maximum Ride meets Divergent meets Michael Vey. Kids with extra special powers who are feared but used and controlled by their crafty, conniving captors but said kids don’t realize they’re being manipulated and used despite basically living in a prison with zero personal freedom. Oh, and there’s the small matter that they die young too until...
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I really wanted to like this book and get lost in it, but it just didn't happen. I don't know why, i can't put my finger on it, but I was dragging myself to finish it. I spent way too much time on it with a lot of books read in between. ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Carolyn O’Doherty has created a fascinating world where time isn’t as set as we believe. REWIND is a solid YA science fiction with a heavy dash of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.

Alex Manning was born with a rare gift. Known as a spinner, she can freeze and rewind time. She and others like her are feared and hated in equal measure for their abilities. Tested at birth, spinners are taken from their parents as infants and raised in secure Centers, wher
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Rewind by Carolyn O’Doherty, 247 pages. Boyds Mills Press (Highlights), 2018. $17.95

Language: PG (7 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Alex enjoys the work that she does—which is good because she doesn’t get a choice in the matter. All spiners, or those who can freeze and rewind time, are required to be raised in a group facility and help police at crime scenes until they die, often around the age of 20. But when Alex, only age
Marisa Farmer
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to like this one. I’m usually a sucker for any story involving time. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this one felt forced. I had to MAKE myself finish it. Took me almost two months with many other books in between.

Probably won’t finish the rest of the series. Just wasn’t enough to hold me. It had its moments, but unfortunately those moments were so brief, I’m ready to move on.
Things are not going to be OK. Time, that invisible essence I control with a twist of my mind, always takes its revenge.

A very small part of the population can be identified as spinners, people with the ability to freeze and even rewind time. Feared and often seen as abominations, spinners are locked away at birth and raised in group homes, only allowed out to help solve local crimes. For sixteen-year-old Alex, it means that her life has a meaning, no matter how small. She loves solving crim
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kutztown
Rewind is Ms. O’Doherty’s debut novel. It is a sci-fi story set in what seems to be current time or perhaps a bit in the future. The main character, Alexander Manning, is a spinner. That is the name they give to children born with the ability to control time. Alex, as she is called, works with Agent Carson Ross. Most spinners work with an agent, such as Ross, to rewind and freeze time helping the police catch the criminals or in this first case Alex is on in the book, she rewinds time to allow t ...more
Becky B
Alex is a spinner, one of the few people in the world born with the ability to rewind time. There are many rumors surrounding spinners, so they are immediately made wards of the state as soon as they are discovered to have the ability, closely watched, and trained to use their powers for good. And they inevitably die in their teens. Alex has been recruited to use her spinning ability for the police. She's had a couple of police partners who treated her like she had the plague, but her latest par ...more
Price Girls
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
REWIND takes place in the urban city of Portland, Oregon. As most of those who live in the Pacific Northwest know, Portland has a reputation for being weird, but things get even weirder when we are introduced to sixteen-year-old spinner Alex. A girl who uses her ability to rewind the past to assist her partner Agent Ross in crime investigations.

Now what I love most about this book is how, unlike most stories told in the first person that shows a limited view of the world around them and the cha
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read parts of Carolyn O’Doherty’s book Rewind in a 2012 writing workshop at Portland’s Attic Institute, and I loved it. The finished product did not disappoint. In fact, my trigger-happy editor’s pen found nothing to redline.

Rewind is equal parts sci-fi, thriller and coming of age novel. Like so many good YA books, Rewind works just as well for adults like me.

Our heroine Alex has the power to manipulate time. She lives in a group facility with other kids who have the same special abilit
Karen Johnson
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book one in a debut series (I was pretty sure at the end it would be a series, but it could stand alone). I liked it and will have it in my 8th-grade classroom library. It kept me wanting to continue, always a plus, and I loved the strong but realistic female protagonist, as well as many other characters. Lots of action, and it was thought-provoking (an explanation for historical witches and how they functioned and why they were seen as dangerous). <-- don't think that's a spoiler or super impor ...more
Amishi A
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alex Manning is a spinner-the gifted few that can freeze and rewind time. Like all spinners, she is hated by the world but loved by her friends and her crime-solving partner. Is the risk of catching her mortal enemy, Sikes, worth if when everything she believed was a lie? When she was framed and blackmailed by someone she looked up to? When she discovered the flaw in the one thing that she excelled at? Even when she learned the truth about the one reality she knew all her life - the fact that no ...more
Jana Miller
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I loved the excitement, suspense, and interesting detail of the spinners' abilities, and the conspiracies and secrets Alex has to uncover. She doesn't know who to trust, and we as readers aren't sure either, which I always love. I appreciated that it didn't have too much angsty romance or over-sexualized teenagers; it was pretty clean in that aspect. My only problem was the violence, and because of that I don't know if I'll read the next one, especially since it's likely to get more nitty-gritty ...more
Amanda Mintz
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked gave me some Divergent-like vibes! Strong, young female lead to root for and support. It’s a little frustrating how cliffhanger-y the ending was. She’s clearly setting it up for a sequel, which I will probably read because now I’m invested! I think she could have set up/created the world a little bit better for us. The character development is good, but after 250 pages I still can’t really imagine or understand fully the world they are in and how it operates. If you need some ...more
Sara Marker
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easy and quick read! I received this ARC book at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conference in St. Louis as a freebie! It was the first out of the bunch of books that I read. The cover and summary caught my attention! I enjoy YA science fiction but not all that into mysteries. But, I really enjoyed the plot in this book and found myself wanting to not put the book down! It is a good read from start to finish. I can see some reluctant readers in high school enjoying this ...more
Carro Herdegen
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG (7 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13
Alex enjoys the work that she does—which is good because she doesn’t get a choice in the matter. All spinners, or those who can freeze and rewind time, are required to be raised in a group facility and help police at crime scenes until they die, often around the age of 20. But when Alex, only age 16, starts to show symptoms of an early death, she grows desperate to do something important before she dies—something to change the w
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the concept of this book as a fresh take on the idea of controlling time. The descriptions of what it felt like for Alex to use her powers as a spinner were detailed and really pulled me into the narrative and made it come alive. My one critique is that it was predictable. It leads the reader in one direction hinting at surprise plot twists but just continues down the path straight to the end. That being said, I still will run right out to the library for book two, Unleashed, because t ...more
Diana Wells
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rewind is a fast-paced thriller. Every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger, making it hard to put the book down. Alex Manning is a sympathetic, complex heroine: she's tough yet vulnerable, smart yet naive. The dystopian world of the spinners is eerily similar to our own, making the final revelation of what is really going on all the more shocking. Bonus points: I loved all the references to Portland, my home town! ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and could hardly put it down. I am a grown up who mostly reads adult books but I still love great young adult fiction. This book is thrilling and cinematic and the young adult characters were strong and interesting. More importantly, I handed it over to my sixteen year old, and he couldn't stop reading either. I think he actually chose to read it instead of playing on the computer with his friends. ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O'Doherty is one of those great authors that weaves a Great plot together with wonderful characters. Rewind is full of hot tension, nifty new magic, and a character you can't help but cheer for. Alex is down to earth, wants to be useful, and loves helping her Cop to solve crimes. But then she gets sick and everything changes. Wonderful edge of your seat intensity along with warmer moments.

This book ends with a pathway to a greater plot. Can't wait for the second book!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A group of teens live in a center together in Portland, Oregon. They have two things in common, they are orphans and they are able to manipulate time. The doctor in charge of them monitors their health and they assist the police in solving crimes. However, there is one drawback to their condition, they almost never live beyond their teens. Alex Manning is one of the teens and she begins to be suspicious of what they have been told.
Erica Warner
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! It is a great read. Well developed, interesting characters with an intriguing plot and so well written I wanted to keep reading and reading. I can't wait for the next book, which has to be coming because I NEED to know what happens to the Alex and her friends. This feels like the next Divergent series - fun and compelling for both young and old adults. ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ooooh! This is a very fun premise and start to a terrific series. I was given this at ALA and read it on the flight home from Denver. Fast-paced with twists and turns on every page. Book talk this one just once and you'll have waiting lists a mile long. Loved the genre mix of sci fi, adventure and crime procedural.

At 247 pages and large font, this is a welcome fast read for time-crunched teens.
C Rose
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whoa, hold onto your timepieces! This is a fast-paced thriller about some appealing young people with a *very* unusual talent—and it gets them into some intriguing and scary scrapes. There’s lots of energy and plot left over for the sequels too—can’t wait! Meanwhile, your grandfather’s clock will never look the same …
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Carolyn O'Doherty lives on a floating home in Portland, OR, where, most disappointingly, time moves only at a very predictable pace. When not writing, she uses her free time to develop affordable housing. Carolyn earned degrees in psychology and urban planning so she figured the best possible use of an expertise in both people and places was to make up entirely new ones. ...more

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