Time Spent (313 series, 2 of 3) by J. David Clarke

Time_SpentMy rating:  4  of  5  stars


(by Goodreads)

“If you leave me here, you won’t like what happens next!” The mystery of MISSING TIME is over. Now, the passengers of school bus 313 must deal with an even greater threat, as dangerously powerful foes are unleashed in their world. Even worse, they are plagued by memories of an event they don’t fully understand. They must piece together the threads of what happened: the rooftop, the cracks in the sky, and a strange otherworldly being. Is the bus driver’s prophecy coming true? The end is closer than you think.

My Opinion

“You don’t forget the end of the world.” It is amazing how this first statement gets to you. Certainly not when reading it at the beginning of the prologue. The importance and/or meaning becomes crystal clear as the story proceeds. This statement is equally impressive as “You were on the bus with me.” from Missing Time which has “Call me Ishmael.” quality.

You need to have read Missing Time before starting Time Spent. Otherwise you won’t stand a chance to understand. Again you find yourself in a fast paced story. Lots of information is exchanged between the protagonists and the reader. Be ready to stay on board as the knowledge about what has happened is revealed a little more. Just a few pages into the story you realise that this is not a simple task. The story evolves by hopping back and forth between the lives before, during and after the accident, and interaction which are newly revealed. This is a very distinctive style, a style that does not make it an easy read, yet attracts the reader to continue. Meet the protagonists again and let them tell you what has happened because I will not tell you more. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With this second volume of a series, J. David Clarke proves that it is not required to give never-ending descriptions or have to keep a flow. You can clearly imagine what the protagonists have to go through. Time Spent perhaps seems to be a complicated read at first – however, you get used to it pretty fast.

I am now looking forward to reading the third book in the 313 series: Time Lost.   🙂

J. David Clarke is a native Texan who was published in the literary journal of Tarrant County Junior College before moving on to become a Fine Arts graduate of Southwest Texas State University. He is an author, occasional blogger, and lover of all things nerd: comics, science fiction, fantasy, roleplaying, and gaming.




A must read for all readers who enjoy adventures with twists and turns in an everyday environment.

I am looking forward to reading more of J. David Clarke’s books. I am currently reading The Wizard In My Window, please stay tuned for the upcoming review.

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂


My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Time Spent?  Or – if you did not yet read Time Spent – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



5 thoughts on “Time Spent (313 series, 2 of 3) by J. David Clarke

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  3. I agree, the statement, “You don’t forget the end of the world.” is a powerful testament to an equally strong story. I’m in the process of completing another series of books, but once I’m done with those, this books has gone on my to-read list. Great review without the spoilers, Karen!

    • Yes. J. David Clarke cleverly put this key statement at the beginning of the prologue. I liked these first two parts of the trilogy a lot as they are truly different, and – make the reader ache to read the last part to find the whole truth.

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