Sunday, October 30, 2016

Crown Review #3 - TimeRiders

TimeRiders - Alex Scarrow

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Series: TimeRiders Series
Length: 425 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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..

“It is in our nature to destroy what we create. (Dr. Paul Kramer)”

When I first saw this book, I become interested immediately. I never read any book about time-travel before. As I read over the synopsis for this book, I knew it was different. In most books, the story would be about accidentally traveling back, and messing something up, and fixing their own mistakes. Another would be about a child going back in time, and accidentally did something to their parents' relationship and they have rush to get them back together again since they won't exist if it doesn't happen. (The only exception to this is the Back to the Future movies, duh.)

In the book, it was interesting to find out that the characters weren't some random picks to choose to leave their current life, to live another life and fix time. These characters were on the verge of being dead moments away in their current time periods. Just before their deaths happen, a man appeared and took them with him for the agency, only if they agreed so. The choice was pretty much this: Work for the Agency, or stay here and die. I think everyone would choose to go for the agency. (Why, cause Time-Travel! Although at the character's time, time traveling isn't possible, so they thought the main was completely nuts.)

As they trained to become standards in the training, each character has their own special skills and aspects to give to the team. They weren't even given a chance to prepare because before they new it, the world they was in, changed COMPLETELY. They were immediately rushed into their first mission, doing everything they can to fix.

While on the missions, it was interesting to see how the history played out. The author really played around with history. Every reader knows what happens, the true history, but the author really twisted it up to make sense of what happened, and how it was changed. When something happened, there was always a why. We know this happened in history, but seeing how an alternate history played out was different, and interesting. Not to mention, they go through several scenarios to fix this big time-change. 

The first book in the series was phenomenal, and I can only hope that the rest of series will follow on. I must admit, I am scared for the next book, because apparently it has to do something with dinosaurs (another common time-travel story plot). However, I'm sure the next book will have the same elements as this book did, and will be creatively put out.

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