Thursday, 16 June 2016

Review: Timebomb by Scott K Andrews.

'Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey... stuff.'

Do you feel like reading a book that bends your mind but has you craving for more? Then look no further; Timebomb has quantum physics, shattered time streams and futuristic gizmos in spades. Thanks to Hodder for the review copy; I adored this book from the get go, and its sequel whose review will be up in a few days.

New York City, 2141: Yojana Patel throws herself off a skyscraper, but never hits the ground. Cornwall, 1640: gentle young Dora Predennick, newly come to Sweetclover Hall to work, discovers a badly-burnt woman at the bottom of a flight of stairs. When she reaches out to comfort the dying woman, she's knocked unconscious, only to wake, centuries later, in empty laboratory room. On a rainy night in present-day Cornwall, seventeen-year-old Kaz Cecka sneaks into the long-abandoned Sweetclover Hall, determined to secure a dry place to sleep. Instead he finds a frightened housemaid who believes Charles I is king and an angry girl who claims to come from the future. Thrust into the centre of an adventure that spans millennia, Dora, Kaz and Jana must learn to harness powers they barely understand to escape not only villainous Lord Sweetclover but the forces of a fanatical army... all the while staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman known only as Quil.

Time bomb follows a period in the lives of Kaz, Yana and Dora; three teens from different time periods whose lives have inexplicably crossed. At first they are unsure why or how their worlds have collided, but as soon as they start to uncover the secrets behind their time travel, they realise the reasons may be far more complicated than they originally anticipated. This is definitely a book for fans of Dr Who - one where you have to think to follow the story, whilst not being so overly complicated as to detract from the enjoyment.

What I loved most however, as always, was the characters. Loyal Kaz, strong Jana, determined Dora, and mysterious Quil were the heart of the story; each with their own darker side and shadowed past. Their interactions with each other were consistently fascinating, their personal motivations and histories riveting.

Jana especially was enchanting - a fireball of wit and courage - but what I loved the most was how at times she reverted back to simply being a teen. Yes she's the unelected leader of their little group, but deep down she's just a regular teen; awestruck by their adventures, by the sights and sounds, and excited simply by the prospect of being free. Throughout reading she felt constantly real, grounding the story for all its sci-fi elements in a palpable, tangible world. She was by far my favourite of the four, with Quil a close second.

No good book would be perfect without a cliffhanger though, and Timebomb was no exception. I was just glad I already had the sequel with me!

Overall I give Timebomb a well deserved five stars! Second Lives, the sequel, was recently released on 19th May 2016, and my review will be up shortly; I hope you stay tuned for it.

Thanks for reading!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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