TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow

Note: I am now in a Carnegie Book Club at my school so I will be reviewing lots of books long-listed for the Carnegie medal. To find out more about the award, click here.

Carnegie Long-List 2011

Looking from a distance, the cover design was vibrant, intriguing, and, in one word, cool. I thought to myself “This looks interesting! I should check it out!” But the blurb belied the fact that it was a sci-fi, a genre that I rarely read (especially after a traumatic incident with H.G Wells’ The Time Machine) and hardly ever enjoy. I borrowed it anyway, since I’ve heard that one should not judge a book by it’s cover (or blurb, in my case) and it turned out to be an okay read: not a waste of my time but not a great book either. The content of the book was this:

Liam O’ Conner should have died on the Titanic in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026.

But they didn’t. Why? Because minutes before death, they were recruited by an agency with only one purpose: to stop those who insist on going back through time to change history. They are trained by a mysterious man named Foster but before they can complete their training, they discover that someone has gone back through time and changed history to make Germany win the World War II. It is now up to them to change it back to the way it should be. Liam, with the help of a robot called Bob, go back in time to fix it, but time is running out… Will they accomplish their goal? And what will happen if they don’t? Read to find out!

When I read this book, I had to turn pages and pages to make myself read it, whether out of boredom or excitement I don’t know. Maybe a combination of both. Because it is tense with action so that you have to read it but the plot does not advance and just jogs on the spot. Therefore, I give this book 7 stars. I recommend it for ages around 11+ as there are some gruesome parts (which I will not bother to mention as it gives me the shudders even now) and the theory of time travel is very hard to understand. I’d recommend it if you have nothing better to read but you don’t have to search for it hard.



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