Book Review- Time Riders

Thursday, 30 August 2012
Title: Time Riders
Author: Alex Scarrow
Publication Date: February 4th 2010
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 432 (Paperback)
Series: Time Riders #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Rating: 4/5

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...

In this story, 3 teens are recruited from just before death, from 3 different times, to create a team, to fix history. I found this an intriguing idea for a novel, so when I read the blurb, I just had to read the whole novel.
I thought the plot was great, it flowed really well, moving really smoothly. The only part I felt took away from the flow, was the beginning, with the changing of the modern day world, which I felt was a strange thing, and that they had to live the same two days over and over. This point wasn't really explained very well, and looking back, I don't know why that happened. Apart from that, I felt the time travel was explained really well.
The main plot, involves changing the past to save the future. There was a good use of tension, with short sentences adding to the distress and danger the characters were in. I thought there were some real nail biting moments, which kept you on the edge of your seat.
The 3 main characters, which make up the Time Riders team; Liam, Maddy and Sal, are great. They were really diverse, with the differences definitely adding to the enjoyment of the story. I also enjoyed the fact that Liam was from the early 20th century, which meant our technology was alien to him. It was great to see how he reacted to this life that is so different, but also the way he spoke, which was quite archaic. Each character had different strengths which were played out nicely through the story.
I loved the historical references in this story; Titanic, 9/11, Hitler. They all added to the story, with references making it easier to see how these changes in history could affect our lives.
There are 9 novels due to be released in this series, which is a lot, but I think it would be worth reading them all to see how Scarrow will continue the story.


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