August 1, 2013

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow: Book Review

TimeRiders (TimeRiders, #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publication Date: February 4th 2010
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Source: library
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 2026.

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... (via goodreads)

Review: Time travel is my favourite science fiction sub-genre. I love reading different takes on time travel. In this case, time travel is possible by using advanced technology. This type of time travel is probably the most realistic but it is sometimes the most boring. In this case, the technology was realistic but it was a little common and predictable. Another fact I am happy to report is that there was no romance! That uncomplicated a lot of things but it still provided a little less substance to the book. This book was pretty interesting and the plot was well written. I enjoyed reading about all the different characters and their point of views but I would have liked to see a little more character development. With over 5 different point of views, it was hard to get a good read on all the characters. Some parts of this book were confusing. For example, a point of view in the beginning of the book should have been completely different because the Time Riders went back in time to fix it. It is hard to explain without giving away spoilers but that's all I can say. The main plot was a little risky. The time line affected in this story is the outcome of WWII. I think it's a little risky of the author to include a very big moment in history as the first book in a series but it worked out well.
Overall
- this book was interesting
- the time travel elements were well-written and described but a little typical.
- It was interesting to read the book in a lot of different point of views.
- I might not read the next book
- I recommend this book to any time travel fanatic.

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