Friday, 20 August 2010

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow

For review: Puffin. Published February 4th 2010
From Goodreads: Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, 'Take my hand ...' But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren't rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose - to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That's why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world...

I loved the premise behind this book! There is scope for so many different adventures it feels limitless. Of course, I love anything to do with time travel so it comes as no surprise to me that I really enjoyed this one.

I thought Scarrow's style of writing really made this book stand out. He delivers short snappy chapters that succeed in infusing the book with a great deal of energy. It made it a must read - completely capturing my attention - and once I was half way through - unputdownable. I just loved it!

The characters were great and I'm looking forward to seeing them develop even more in future installments. It was very interesting having them come from different time periods -especially Liam who was being thrust into the future even when he went back into the past. They all had reasons for being selected for the team and it was interesting seeing this pan out and their abilities used to make it all work.

I must admit I did prefer the parts set in 2001 more than those set in the past but I can't identify why except that the 2001 scenes were superbly creepy towards the end! I am also still none the wiser as to why they travel back in time with water but come back dry. Perhaps I missed the explanation? It seems that as much as I love the idea of time travel if I think about it too hard it just makes my head spin!

I can't wait to catch up with these characters again and am really looking forward to reading more installments. Next stop dinosaurs? Yep! I'm so there!

5 comments:

Becky said...

I love every bit of this book. Especially the bits that were set in the past. The bits in the field office may be the most intriguing I guess, but it is so cool that Liam gets to go back and correct the ctime contamination. Glad you are looking forward to Book 2.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sammee, glad to see you seemed to really have enjoyed the book. It was one helluva blast to write...and with another eight more in the series, the whole thing should be a bit of a roller coaster (for me as well as you!)

Anyway, big thanks for the kind review.

Best

Alex Scarrow (author - TimeRiders)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I gotta check this out.

Lauren said...

Awesomeness! I loved the second one (I'm paying tribute to the time travel theme by reading them out of sequence) and looking forward to reading the first. I hadn't thought about the chapters being short before but yep, the writing is definitely snappy and fast-paced. I think you'll really enjoy book two.

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

I just got a copy of this and was slightly dubious. Now I really can't wait to get started with it - great review!

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