Everyone has a motive in the Time Tremors Universe. Whether it is seeded in good or evil is less clear. Recently orphaned Max and Medie are a product of their environment, dumped in the middle of a mysterious world they know little about. Their allies are fellow students of The Ranksome Academy, Simon and Minerva, but the students know nothing about the island in the middle of nowhere they’re on. What they do know, is who not to trust. And Miss Bugly, their biology teacher is up to something evil.
MAX RENO, 14,
He's put on a brave face since his parents’ disappearances -- but deep down he’s hurting. His parents raised him to be curious, courageous and resilient but Ranksome Hall will put his character to test – and its location on a Time Fault will trigger powers he never knew he had. Max will discover that he and Medie are the close descendants of a Timekeeper, which means they have the latent ability to travel through time and space. Max will find that his mind is so strong he can resist the psychic powers of preternatural beings like his nemesis, Miss Bugly, and to travel in the time-space continuum. But that kind of travel is dangerous and unpredictable without the Time Atlas, and empowering it with objects in order to save his parents will become his immediate quest. Though he’ll always be struggling with his impatience, temper, and overwhelming desire to make things right.
MEDIE RENO, 10,
She seems child-like because she’s always clutching Hector, her teddy bear. But don’t be fooled. Medie is insightful, imaginative and (unlike Max) a brilliant student. She has always been a somewhat fearful kid, especially since losing her parents – so she relies enormously on her big brother. Max, who is action oriented and likes to leap before he looks, drives Medie crazy. She’s more thoughtful, the strategist. She’s a consummate liar and her stubborn streak (which Max hates) makes her more than a match for his brother’s impetuousness. Soon upon coming to Ranksome Hall, Medie makes a secret discovery: she can see Kronos Particles, the time energy that exudes from Time Treasures. One more thing: she wears a pendant around her neck, a family heirloom, that is the Key to open the Celestial Atlas. Perhaps the most valuable thing in the universe.
Medie’s Teddy Bear, is threadbare with mismatched button eyes. Although in our world he is a simple stuffed animal, Hector is actually much more than that. In fact, Hector is a secret manifestation of their ancient ancestor, this sector’s Timekeeper, who has remained in hiding since the Timekeepers scattered the Time Treasures throughout time and space. If Bugly realized who Hector was, all would be lost, so he only “comes to life” when absolutely necessary.
Miss Bugly is Ranksome Academy’s Biology teacher -- and Max and Medie’s prime antagonist. Her particular area of scientific interest is entomology – the study of insects, with a particular focus on wasps, and a unique breed of them, Phobees, are her evil minions, capable of limited time/space travel. Bugly has great power to manipulate and destroy -- we’ll gradually discover that she’s a kind of succubus, feeding off the fear and loss of hope that she generates. Max and Medie will eventually realize that Bugly may be thousands of years old, that her affiliation with the greedy Temporalis Corporation is only a matter of convenience, and that there are various manifestations of Bugly that were scattered throughout time by the Time Keepers to decimate her powers. More an entity than human, overcoming this preternatural creature is no simple task.
Ranksome Academy’s in-house physician, has worked in the cutting edge of brain and subconscious research. He appears to be a crazy man who should be on medication. In truth, he’s focused in the extreme, using fantastic technology to control his patient’s dreams, among many of his other inventions. Spiller is Bugly’s willing accomplice but will eventually have a crisis of conscience.
SIR GEOFFREY MORTIMER
He is a reluctant knight, extremely fearful and would rather sing a lullaby than engage in swordplay. He’s been caught in one of Bugly’s recurring nightmares, where he has to face a terrifying dragon over and over again, a battle he’d rather run from than fight. Sir Geoffrey is cowardly, but not a total coward because he’ll do his best to help a friend in need.
He's always been very studious but the fact his nose is always in a book may be due to his fears at being at Ranksome Academy. Simon is a walking encyclopedia, which makes him generally unpopular but a perfect roommate for Max. Simon will become a loyal and stalwart friend to Max. A friendship that will be tested when Simon finds himself in deep jeopardy.
The school’s forgetful, kind, scattered and somewhat narcoleptic history teacher. He mixes up the past and future as if he isn’t quite sure what time or era he lives in. His quiet, bumbling personality will undergo a profound transformation revealing that he is actually in deep cover -- his true identity is Time Agent Vincent, a dynamic, highly intelligent secret agent sent back from the distant future to stop Bugly.
MINERVA MAYO, 13,
She's a star student and queen bee at Ranksome Hall, so it’s a bit surprising that she becomes an ally (and potential heart throb) for Max. But she hasn’t heard from her parents in months and sees that Max has the potential to help her figure out what’s going on. Minnie is tough, no-nonsense, used to getting what she wants, and because of her status with the teachers, knows the geography of the Hall better than anyone.
Time Mutants are a ragtag collection of mercenaries from across time who Bugly has assembled to do her dirty work with promises of eternal life and thte threat of her Stingers. From a wide range of cultures, they are fierce, strong and intimidating, though Bugly’s mind control has removed their ability to speak - they can only make guttural sounds. The Time Mutants can be identified by their characteristic lack of color - since endless time travel has sucked the pigment out of them.