Jan 23, 2012

REVIEW: TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow

Title: TimeRiders
Series: TimeRiders
Author: Alex Scarrow
Rating: 3 stars

    "Three teenagers have cheated death. Can they stop time travel from destroying the world?
Maddy should have died in a plane crash. Liam should have died at sea when the Titanic sank. Sal should have died in a tragic fire. But a mysterious man whisked them away to safety.

   Maddy, Liam, and Sal quickly learn that time travel is no longer just a hope for the future; it is a dangerous reality. And they weren't just rescued from their terrible fates. . . they were recruited for the agency of TimeRiders created to protect the world from those seeking to alter the course of history for personal gain. By reliving the highly documented events in New York City on 9/11, they can closely monitor history for any deviations-large or small. When just such a change is detected, they are alerted that a threat is at hand unleashing the evil of the Nazis to wreak havoc with Earth's present and future. Can Maddy, Liam, and Sal fulfill their destinies as keepers of time to save the world from utter destruction?

   An exhilarating adventure that shifts readers back in time to Nazi Germany and then forward into an ever-changing present."

                   I was a little disappointed by TimeRiders. The synopsis seemed like it was going to be thrilling and wonderful, but it ended up just letting me down. I have come to two conclusions about this. Number One, I am currently watching Doctor Who which is just a fantastic time travel show and I was expecting the book to be more like that. Number two, the books just wasn’t as good as I hoped.  The book wasn’t bad it was just kind of slow. I never really got into it.

                  I like the beginning plot of three kids from different time periods cheating death and becoming time travelers. It makes for an interesting story; I just wish the execution was a little better. The story didn’t get particularly interesting until about 2/3 of the way through the book. The last third of the book was a lot more action packed and suspenseful, which is what I love in a novel.

                   A really cool aspect of TimeRiders is that you don’t only get to read from the point of view of the “good” characters, you get to read the point of view of antagonist of the story. You find out why he wants to go back to Nazi Germany, and you even start to sympathize with him at times. I thought the way Scarrow did that was really interesting and a great addition to the story.

                   Even though TimeRiders wasn’t my favorite, I would like to go back and read the rest of the series. What can I say, I love me some time travel. I think it’s worth a read if you are into the time travel type of entertainment, you might just like it a little more than I did. Have any of you ever read TimeRiders or plan to in the future? Tell me in the comments!