Tuesday, 1 June 2010

11+: TimeRiders - Alex Scarrow


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 2029. 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...


Having read Alex’s writing for the adult market I always wondered how well his style of storytelling would translate to the younger audience. After all its usually a talent either you have or you don’t and is one that is incredibly difficult to pull off without either making it look like you’re being condescending or perhaps over simplifying things for the audience who love a complex tale as much as an adult does.

Alex keeps it pretty easy to follow without having to dumb down his idea’s and presents an offering that will have the younger reader hooked pretty much from the beginning with characters that not only blend well together but have strengths and weaknesses that compliment each other.

Add to the mix a rich background alongside some great dialogue and it makes this something pretty unique for the younger audience with characters that will appeal to both genders in this science fiction extravaganza.

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