Book Review: A Day Out of Time

a day out of time

  • Title: A Day Out of Time
  • Author: Kelsey Clifton
  • Series: A Day Out of Time
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Publishing Date: August 26th, 2018
  • Publishing Co.: Independently Published
  • Length: 328 pages
  • Format: Kindle
  • Acquired: Given free Kindle copy in exchange for an honest review
  • Amazon LinkA Day Out of Time by Kelsey Clifton

Cat Fiyero is no stranger to chaos. Once a year the world fractures into rifts, allowing modern New Yorkers to walk side-by-side with dinosaurs, killer mermaids, and beings from distant stars. The cleanup falls to people like Cat and the brilliant but damaged members of Gamma team, who all know from personal experience that their job has a way of haunting anyone who gets close. Nothing about a Day is ever simple, and if this band of misfits wants to make it through the next twenty-four hours unscathed, their only choice is to stick together. The rules are simple: Identify and relocate subjects. Clear and close rifts. Don’t cause trouble.

Too bad Cat and her team aren’t much for rules.

First Chapter Challenge: 12 Pages (Including Prologue)

In the first 12 pages of this novel (5% by the Kindle estimate), we have already met several unique characters. Each character seems to have their own mannerisms and colloquialisms, and seem to come from very diverse backgrounds. So far, we see that the New Kid is a new recruit to this “agency,” which seems kind of like a military/police force? I am extremely interested to learn more about this agency and the people within it! And Gamma team, who seems to house our main characters.

Final Judgment: 5 Stars out of 5

In A Day Out of Time, the characters of the Gamma team must work together to close rifts that allow other beings from the past and future (as well as other worlds) to come through to their present on Earth. With the help of earned friendship and humor, the team works tirelessly for 24 hours to keep their world safe… Even if that means breaking a few rules along the way. Rightly so, the Gamma team has earned the reputation of being a band of misfits and unpredictable. But does that stop them from completing their job, and doing it well?

“Time is a lie we tell ourselves in order to make sense of the world,” (pg 25).

With the novel taking place in just over one day, there is an amazing amount of stuff that occurs. Not only are there a plethora of mini (or maybe not so mini!) climaxes/story arcs and emotional/suspenseful events, but also an incredible amount of characterization for several characters–not only those among the Gamma team. After spending only one day with these characters, I feel as if I know almost everything there is to know about them… At least the important parts of who they really are as people. And each character is so distinct from any other, right down to the way they talk and react to the other characters. I feel as if I could recognize Helix or Darwin, Cat or Grunt, even Specs, and definitely Millennia, if I were to see them walking down the street in real life–that is how real these characters seem to be to me.

The novel has multiple point of views, coming from each of the characters of the Gamma team, as well as a few other characters. But with each different point of view, we readers are shown a world of friendship, camaraderie akin to military personnel, as well as some humor–which is occasionally a little rough around the edges. The entire dynamic crafted by this novel creates a world in which I want to join. I wish that I could apply for the academy! I’d join in a heartbeat for the exciting lives its members live while also enjoying the amount of inclusion and acceptance from the Gamma team.

The New Kid felt a bit of his tension leak out, thankfully not in the form of urine, and he let Specs lead him forward into the sprawling food court,” (pg 42).

The novel has several small plot arcs throughout, each one revolving around the specific beings that come through different rifts (whether intentionally or not) on the Day. We readers are confronted with dinosaurs, musical aliens, various other species, and Earthlings from both the past and the future. If you need a sci-fi fix, this is definitely a great book to get it from, because you get such a variety! While also becoming emotionally tied to the characters and overall plotline. The plot even contains some romance!

One thing that I really enjoyed from this book was that it included some lines in French. And it did not simply skip over the unfamiliar language, but allowed me to infer by myself what the French was saying. It was as if I was actually there, talking to the French soldiers through a translator; everything was not just given to me. Admittedly, I may be a bit biased because I love the French language and studied a bit of it in school (though definitely not anywhere close to fluent! And it was somewhat difficult to figure out what the soldiers were saying). However, I think it simply adds more flavor to the novel.

“A lot of the situations we face are life-or-death. Wouldn’t you want to cheat too?” (pg 40).

I honestly cannot rave enough about this book. I absolutely loved it and I wish there was a sequel… Actually, I would love a prequel! One that goes back into the beginnings of Cat or Grunt (or both!). The writing style is fluid, the characters are fully fleshed out and dynamic, the humor is entertaining (even had me literally laughing out loud at points), the friendship is inspiring, and the plot is emotionally satisfying. I really don’t have anything negative to say about it!


The author, Kelsey Clifton, has informed me that this will indeed be part of a series!! A trilogy in fact! YAY! So, the name of the series will simply be named after this first book, A Day Out of Time. She believes that the second book will hopefully be released in late February or early March 2019 with the title: A Day Out of Time: After/Effects

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  1. Ah! I’m so excited, another sci-fi to add to my tbr today! When someone writes a review like this and enjoys a book so much it just makes me so happy lol and also just makes me want to drop everything and read it too.


    1. I’m so glad you liked my review! Because seriously, this book is amazing (if you couldn’t tell!) I’m excited for you to read it! Whenever you do, you should let me know and we can rave over it together 🙂

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