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Now, Then, and Everywhen

(Chronos Origins #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,029 ratings  ·  319 reviews
From the bestselling author of the Chronos series comes a page-turning novel of time travel, fast-paced action, and history-changing events.

When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline?

In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHR
Paperback, 531 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by 47North (first published April 1st 2020)
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Jessamyn I read this book as the first one of Walker's I'd read. Some of it's confusing and there's clearly a LOT of backstory to all (most?) of the characters…moreI read this book as the first one of Walker's I'd read. Some of it's confusing and there's clearly a LOT of backstory to all (most?) of the characters you'll meet. I had a hard time keeping track of everyone's grandparents and etc but the story coheres fine without it, you'd just have to gloss over not really knowing who some people are, except that they might be important in some other story.(less)

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Bryan Alkire
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good novel. The ideas certainly aren’t original. Every one of then has been done with a time travel novel. The plot isn’t outstanding either. That said, the main plot of correcting history isn’t fresh, but the backplot of time travel origins looks promising for a trilogy. The writing is readable enough. I really liked the characters and how the author somehow managed to juggle three or four storylines at once. Worth your reading time if you like time travel. Hope the rest of the series gets rele ...more
Shelby M. (Read and Find Out)
I received a finished copy of this book for review from Wunderkind PR and 47North.

I did not read the original Chronos trilogy, and that was impacting my experience of the book (which is the start of a prequel series). Though it seems that this can be read without reading the original trilogy, I constantly felt as if I was missing the significance of different people and events. I think that reviewing this book prior to reading the other series may do a disservice to this work, and that I would e
Allie B.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-to-finish
If you loved the CHRONOS Files trilogy, you will LOVE the start to the sequel trilogy. I read this book every minute I could and finished it within a week. It was just full of timey wimey goodness! Many times throughout I was doing the thing where the book is so exciting and you’re reading so fast because you want to know what happens that you cover the bottom of the page because you don’t want to glance down and see a spoiler! Usually that only happens for me at the climax of a book, not before ...more
Lexxi Kitty
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and, I believe, the first time I’ve actually taken advantage of that Amazon Prime thingie wherein Amazon Prime members can get a free new book. Which is what happened here.

This is the both the first book in a series, and a prequel series to another series that was completed in, I believe, 2015. As I mentioned, this is the first book I’ve read by this author, so no, I’ve not read that other series.

Before I get into ‘this is a brief glance at what
Margarida Veloz
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do not miss this series.... if you're just entering the Chronos universe, this will be a great place to start... at the beginning... sort of. Since this it time travel, you could follow the published order as previous readers did. However, now that we have this amazing origin series, you could start at the beginning. Either way, just start this series. The characters are people you can get to know and love (or hate) and the story line is imaginative and interesting. I love this series and highly ...more
Stephen Topp
On its surface, this should be a book I love. Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey stuff.

The basic story of the book - someone broke the timeline, and our protagonists need to fix it - sounds like it should be fantastic.

Instead, it falls flat.

From a historical perspective, we're inserting time traveling historians into Ku Klux Klan rallies and Martin Luther King Jr speeches. Situations that require some gravitas.

That gravitas seems lacking.

Partially because of the other angle, where (view spoiler)
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I pick up a book, I expect to finish it. Therefore, when I don't finish a book, I feel as if I am being disloyal to the author as well as the characters in the book. But, as I have aged into my golden years, I realize that there are more unread treasures for me to savor and I have too little precious time to read a book that I'm dreading picking up for one more chance. Such was the case with this book after reading about a quarter of its length.

I'm a sucker for time travel books. I guess be
Katie (wife of book)
I got this book via the Amazon First Reads selection.
This book was okay. I love time travel and this book is time travel from the future to the 20th Century. The concept of an organisation of historians who investigate history through experiencing it was really interesting. I liked that each historian had a very specific topic they covered, such as religion, gender, or music from 1960's USA.
I didn't realise when I selected this book that it's a prequel to a whole series of books. As it was a pre
Raquel Evans
For most of the way through the book I anticipated giving it a three star rating--not particularly great, but entertaining enough to keep reading and find out how it ended. I even really enjoyed a few of the historical tidbits I picked up along the way. The combination of a few smallish annoyances made me drop the rating:

*Though it's indirect, the author seems to imply that Christianity is going to peter out in the future and no longer exist as a religion.

*There's a 'scrum meeting' in a 'scrum
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF 5%
didn't like: confusing, had no idea what chronos was and didn't care, wasn't hooked to the characters, the time travelers thingy was weird.
Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★
Full review available at (giveaway has sadly ended)

Thank you so much to Amazon, 47North, and JeanBookNerd for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

HI LOOK I FOUND ANOTHER ALTERNATE HISTORY (although I guess this one is more of an alternate future…) BOOK AND I LOVE IT!!! Even though this book is not about Kate Pierce-Keller (the protagonist of The CHRONOS Files), we do get several updates on how she spent her life, and I enjoyed
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc

I am a simple gal. If a book involves time travel, I'm instantly summoned.

ARC sent by 47North and Wunderkind PR in exchange for my honest review. Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and subject to change upon final publication.
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Patricia Bowen
Maybe it's just me, but I had a difficult time keeping track of who was where, in what place and what year, and why. Also, the mix of ultra modern and old styles (in both decor and human attitudes) in the same future time frame didn't seem plausible. ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I did not realize that there was another set of books in this same universe that were previously published until after I started reading Now, Then, and Everwhen. I don’t think I missed anything crucial in the prior series, although I was a bit confused at the beginning of this novel. Once I had a better understanding of the various timelines, I really enjoyed the ride. I think it would have helped if not every other female character was named Katherine; in actuality, there are only two, but it f ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nit picker point: one of the characters mentions how annoying it is to be in a time before mosquitoes were eradicated... let's hope that never happens because getting rid of mosquitoes gets rid of their predators which then gets rid of their predators... you get the idea.

Jeebus. Who still doesn't understand that every single thing on this planet is connected and the snail darter and the black footed ferret and the bees and trees and everything is a game of dominoes waiting for us to knock it ov
Sharon  Tiplady
Something missing...

I had a difficult time with the story in this one. For me, it was extremely tiring to attempt keeping the many strands straight. Also, it felt to me as though there were parts missing where we learned enough about any character to care about finding out more about them. I suppose it all came right in the end to the history as we all know and/or remember it now. I wanted to like this book but turns out it was only the premise and the book's title that I liked.
I really want to give this one 2.5...
Here's part of what I wrote about Timebound, Rysa Walker's first published novel:

'While it is set up as science fiction, the science doesn't bear close examination, particularly the genetic science. A single "genetic gift" just doesn't make you "good at computers" or predispose you to love a particular avocation, and I'm fairly sure the author misuses the genetic terms "dominant" and "recessive" as well. Nor is the logic of the time-travel devices and their limitations particularly consistent t
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning: this is not a standalone series. It's been several years since I read the original chronos books and even though I thoroughly enjoyed them, I was more than a little lost with regards to the connections to the previous series. Otherwise, a very enjoyable and quick read ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting science fiction futuristic book about two time-traveling historians who cross paths as they go back to observe the civil rights era. This causes a break in the timeline. Suddenly the events and dates of the "real timeline" are changed. As Madi (from 2136) and Tyson (from 2304) journeys intersect, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. "But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?"

Other reviewers say that it'll be
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historian time-travel that legit handles the "Yeah, but can't you really jack something up with that research method?" question, which I for one do not think gets addressed nearly often enough. ...more
Mar 12, 2020 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
2020 grade Z

This appears to be a well written time travel story except for some long paragraphs and rather grating first person sections. If you decided to read it, be sure to keep track of the dates in the chapter headings and point of view (not always easy). I gave up at about 15% only because of content. I was in college during the 1960s civil rights problems and don't really want to relive them or any other nasty slavery issues or wars. I eventually did not want to pick it up and read it any
Joan Ahmed
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too confusing

I went back and read the descriptions of Walker's earlier books. I found the story line too convoluted and I could not get a hook into the characters. I could not continue.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t finish this book. There was just too much jumping around (pun not intended) from one character to another.
Dori Gray
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of the CHRONOS series will throughly enjoy this peek into the origins of CHRONOS while being taken on an incredible new ride. Didn’t read the original series? You’ll want to after reading this! Looking forward to the next book in this new series. As always I need more CHRONOS!
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't make it all the way through to the end. ...more
Katie Steele
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Way back in 2014, I stumbled across a little book called Timebound. This was in the peak of my Doctor Who/time travel loving days, so a YA time travel book with a love triangle(oh the glory days)? I was all about it, and I fell in love. The Chronos Files books are still some of my favorites, in both print and audio format,
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Now Then and Everywhen by Rysa Walker is my first book by Ms. Walker, and it won't be my last. I loved this one and how both Madi's and Tyson's voices are both uniquely different, along with how they can stop this current catastrophe.
Will Madi and Tyson reverse this time shift?
Madison "Madi" Grace
Madi Grace is a bright young woman who must go through her g
Apr 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two time-traveling historians cross paths with each other during a key point of time in the twentieth-century causing them to alter the timeline.

In the year 2136, Madison Grace discovers a key and the origins of Chronos. Chronos is a time travel group that has a link to her family's secretive past. When she makes a jump through history, she returns to her timeline to discover millions of lives have been erased. However, only she and the people on her team notice the change. In the year 2304, Tys
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RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The CHRONOS Files has sold nearly half a million copies since 2013 and has been translated into fourteen languages.

In addition to speculative fiction, she occasionally writes mysteries as C. Rysa Walker.

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Chronos Origins (2 books)
  • Red, White, and the Blues (Chronos Origins #2)

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“But it’s not the same. I don’t understand the connections yet, how one action leads to the next. That’s what makes it history. Otherwise, it’s just a string of random events.” 0 likes
“I made peace with the fact that I am a habitual procrastinator years ago, once I realized that nothing motivates me quite as effectively as a looming deadline. If a paper is due on Tuesday afternoon, I will most likely be dictating the last few words as I scarf down lunch and transmitting the file to my professor as I enter the classroom. The last-minute rush doesn’t appear to affect my grades, so I’ve learned not to fight it. I seem to do my best work with a deadline staring me down like an oncoming train.” 0 likes
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