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TimeRiders - Alex Scarrow

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      21.08.2014 08:58
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      Young adult book that can be enjoyed by all

      I got suckered into the Timeriders books by a recommendation from a friend. They didn’t sound like my sort of books at all from the description but he insisted I try them and within a few chapters I was hooked and lucky for me I was late to the party so there were already several books in the series that had already been released so I could devour them all without having to wait too long for the next one.

      The story follows the basic premise that three teenagers from different eras of time all being rescued just moments from their death by a mysterious man. There is Liam O’Connor who should have died aboard the Titanic in 1912, Maddy Carter who should have died on a plane in 2010 and Sal Vikram who should have died in a fire in 2029.

      The three teenagers are recruited to a secret agency that is dedicated to saving and preserving history because time travel is real and there are people who would change the course of history wiping out everyone that ever lived if there is no one there to stop them.

      It all sounds a bit corny and they are aimed at the young adult market but they are so well written that within a few chapters of reading this I was hooked and fascinated by the premise of a group protecting the rest of the world from the dangers of time travel.

      Although they are young adult it doesn’t matter in the slightest as the characters are so well written that you soon forget that they are teenagers. There is also a lot of darkness to the books especially in the later ones in the series. The group are sent to New York as a base on the eve of the Worl Trade Centre disaster so every day they have to experience the disaster over again. There is a lot of thought about death in the book and it does actually get you thinking especially about the (ok not something I think we have to actually worry about) the dangers that time travel could pose.

      The first book doesn’t take long with the set up and it isn’t long before the group have to stop the world changing as someone has went back to Nazi Germany and has changed the future to something that is unrecognisable and they need to go back and fix it before the change can become permanent.

      One of the things that I liked best about the book and the others in the series is the fact that each one spends time in a different period of history so it is fascinating to read about them all. The main thing about it that I liked though was it was just a really well written and enjoyable book for both adults and children alike and can be enjoyed by both.

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      07.06.2010 17:08
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      Die, or save the planet? Your choice.

      This was a spur of the moment purchase on a bookshop's 3 for 2 offer. I have to say it was not what I expected, but not in a bad way. I suppose the front cover deceived me into thinking that spaceships and aliens would be involved. Incidentally, the spaceship looking thing on the front cover turns out to be something else completely!

      Three people, who live in different eras of Earth's history, are rescued from their impending demise and put to work correcting the planet's corrupted timeline. Of course, things are not quite as simple as that, because any inadvertent interference that they create in the past, inevitably changes things for them in the future. Mind boggling stuff!

      I think this is where the Time Riders is well written. It could very easily have been overly confusing in an attempt to be too 'clever'. I personally found that it could have been slightly more complex, however, it was still an enjoyable read and I recommend it as an exhilarating book to take on holiday.

      The Time Riders could easily be open to a sequel, because the possibilities of time travel are endless, so should we watch this space? I think so.

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