Review: The Bureau of Time by Brett Michael Orr



Cassandra Wright is a Timewalker – a teenager with a genetic mutation that allows her to manipulate the flow of time. But her inexplicable powers have made her a target for Adjusters – monstrous assassins from a parallel universe.

Saved from almost certain death, Cassie is pulled into a secret agency sworn to defend our timeline against these threats: the Bureau of Temporal Integrity, Monitoring, and Execution. Cassie’s life soon becomes entwined with Shaun Briars – a reckless Timewalker with an alluring smile and dark suspicions about the Bureau itself.

When Cassie and Shaun cross into the parallel universe, they discover a world in the grips of nuclear winter, with a new war threatening to spill over into our universe. With time running out, they must learn the true history of Timewalkers, confront the unforgivable crimes of their future selves, and defy their own fate to save two worlds.

Brett Michael Orr delivers time traveling teens battling corporeal Death Eaters across two dimensions in this, the 1st of the Timewalker Trilogy. I have not enjoyed time travel as a major plot since Back To The Future but having the power originate in the genetically modified minds of teens rather than the engine of a Delorean took a little for my 80’s brain to accept.


As most who know me can attest, I am not a fan of shared POV novels, but it is essential in Orr’s novel as the main characters Shaun and Cassie are led down separate paths towards the seemingly shared future. Orr does not overlap the stories which saves the reader from reliving every event again but through the others POV, this is what makes it work so well.

I was often reminded of Buffy during Cassie’s chapters and wonder if the popular TV series was an influence when creating this strong, yet sometimes fragile character. Or, perhaps my Buffy Love simply clouded my view of the female lead, Cassie does have red hair after all.


I found a few errors that should have been picked up before going to print, but what book now days doesn’t have one or two.

TO BE CONTINUED – The most hated words you can ever read at the end of a book I enjoyed as much as this. If I had not been reading on my kindle I may have thrown it at the wall. I knew this was a trilogy, but expected an end, not to be left with so many questions.


Ultimately The Bureau of Tome is a well crafted novel that will easily please. The characters are likable and the world Orr has created – or rather two worlds, will have you on the edge of your seat till the very end. But be warned… Book two is not out for a while and you may find yourself wishing you too could manipulate the fabric of time to bring it’s release date to yesterday.


4.5 stars for these time travelling teens.

Rebecca will be publishing her debut novel ENCHANTING THE FEY later this year and is currently writing WIP 2 and 3. With three children and a full time job, the other characters bouncing around in her brain will just have to wait.

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