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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...

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books


by Alex Scarrow

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Overall Review:  

When three unlikely characters from different time periods join forces to save the world, they're faced with what seem to be impossible tasks. This isn't your typical time travel story though. Along with some interesting history in this page-turner, you'll also enjoy a superhero, an unintentional villain, and some seriously creepy characters who make for nail-biting suspense. Jjust when you're certain you know how things will turn out, Scarrow throws in a surprise. This story also includes unlikely friendship, humor and tear-inducing events. This would be a great choice for a book club. I found myself frequently wanting to discuss the book with someone. It really makes you think about different events and whether or not the world would be better if certain things in the past had not occurred or if they had been slightly different. As book one of a seven-book series (possibly more), both male and female readers will enjoy this four star historical fiction adventure.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 67 religious exclamations; 21 mild obscenities; 4 religious profanities. 


Violence/Gore: Many (27) brief instances including threats; imaginged violence; character contemplating suicide; characters getting beat and shot and killed; fantasy violence including cannibalism, killing and mutilation of body parts; discussions of war; killing in war. Few (7) extended instances of shooting and killing in war.


Sex/Nudity: Few (4) instances including arm around and kiss; non-sexual depictions of nudity; male character in underwear.

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War; death; character with suicidal thoughts.

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Adult drinking beer with meal.

Reviewed By Jenny
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