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…
This was an amazing book, by the way. It had a fresh perspective on the whole time travel thing and incorporated spies into it at the same time. What I like most in this book has got to come from the characters. Alex Scarrow’s way of incorporating three different histories, three different times, three different cultures and three different people was utterly fascinating. Needless to say, I was impressed by the idea.
Who reading this remembers 9/11? Well, Maddy sure does. And it was really surprising and interesting to me how Alex Scarrow made these things in history personal for his three main characters. You know the Titanic? The rumored most sad moment in television? (That’s not true). Well, Liam O’Connor died on the Titanic. Once again, making it personal. I liked that because it added a layer to the story that people who weren’t born into those times and events wouldn’t normally care as deeply about.
It’s funny how Liam, Maddy and Sal often don’t get each other’s references because of how they’re from different times. Those moments reminded me of the Avengers where Thor and Captain America don’t understand the references of everyone else.
Then, there’s the matter of this story being very well-written and well plotted. I wasn’t as much of a fan of the voice of the writing in the beginning, but I got over that pretty quickly. All in all, I think this is a great beginning to this nine-book series. I loved the other books and believe me, this series only gets better as it goes on.
pg count for paperback: 432
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