- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Series: The Timebomb Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (December 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781444752069
- ISBN-13: 978-1444752069
- ASIN: 1444752065
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,732,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Time Bomb (The Timebomb Trilogy) Paperback – December 2, 2014
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Praise for THE TIMEBOMB TRILOGY
Impeccably unique and mesmerising, Andrews takes an astoundingly interesting take on time travel―Once Upon a Moonlight Review
Executed perfectly, with likeable, intelligent and witty characters thrust into the mix of things―The Book Bag
A rip roaring roller coaster ride of a read that keeps you on your toes and is a WHOLE lot of fun―Liz Loves Books
About the Author
Scott K. Andrews is the author of three novels in Abaddon's Afterblight Chronicles series - School's Out, Operation Motherland and Children's Crusade - which follow the adventures of a group of schoolchildren trying to rebuild society after a viral apocalypse. He has also written audio dramas, comics, episode guide books and a computer game.
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- The book is definitely readable for teens and adults. There is a bit of nudity and quite a bit more of violence, but nothing that should be considered gratuitous or offensive.
- This a sci-fi book about time travel. However, one of the things that makes this so accessible is that it is primarily a character-driven story. So the author doesn't get hung up on a lot of "hard sci-fi" details about the time travel and paradoxes and alternate timelines (in fact, there are a few great jokes about that scattered throughout). The whole "time travel" thing is just a device that sets-up the landscape of the story: these characters can move through time and that is the backdrop against which their story is told.
- The book is written (mainly) from the perspective of the three main characters. The author does a good job creating distinct voices for each of the characters when we jump into their perspective.
- The main characters themselves are complex and nuanced. I found this to be particularly interesting about the book. It was difficult to pigeon-hole the main characters into a traditional archetype. This book is more about the characters forming bonds with each other and growing into the kind of protagonists that they're going to be.
- The villains are also nuanced. We're definitely not talking about an evil genius, billionaire stroking a white cat while contemplating his sinister machinations. The story of the villains is just as compelling and complex as that of our heroes.
- This is the first book in a series. This book does a great job of setting up the world, establishing the key elements, developing the characters, telling a self-contained story while setting up the larger one, and ultimately leaving us with some good questions to be answered in the next installment.
- The tone of the book... If you've read Andrew's before, you're familiar with his brand of dark humor. This book has a nice tinge of stoicism that (opinion-time here) adds some humor and yet an odd sincerity to some of the book's more bleak moments.
- The book is paced so that it moves along at a nice clip. Even for a first installment in a series there is not a ton of "let's stop and talk about this for an entire chapter". You get a lot of action and excitement for your buck here.
Overall, I can recommend this for any sci-fi fans who like a "lighter" read. Especially if you're into time travel stories; this has all of the elements that you love without the heavy logistics. I could also recommend to fans of surreal fiction, again, if you're in the mood for a lighter read.
If you enjoy the author, I also recommend his School's Out series which was an equally enjoyable read (if considerably darker).
Most of this story is set in Dora's time period, right in the midst of the English Civil War, a very dangerous time for strangers to appear in a small, tight knit, community. Dora may be local but she's been missing for long enough to the locals to be suspicious and it doesn't help that she's arrived with strangers in tow. All events seem to lead the trio back to Sweetclover Hall and it appears that Lord Sweetclover and his mysterious wife Quil are behind everything that has happened to them but just what are they up to and why are Dora, Jana and Kaz so important to them?
As this is the first book in a trilogy we're left with a lot of unanswered questions but Scott K. Andrews has written a story that is fast paced and incredibly addictive to read. I picked it up thinking I'd just read a couple of chapters before bed and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. All three main characters are well drawn out and three dimensional, they all have different strengths and must learn to trust each other and work together as a team. It isn't easy for them to decide who else they can trust and they all make some surprising discoveries about their own timelines which I think will have an impact on them as the series continues. I'm very much looking forward to seeing where this story goes next, the great thing about time travel stories is that pretty much anything is impossible, I'd quite like to get the chance to explore Jana's futuristic world but I'm also very intrigued by the hints we've seen that the story actually begins way back before even Dora was born. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for the sequel and I'd recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a fast paced read with plenty of mystery, lots of action and more than a little journeying through time.