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Les Time Riders commencent à percer à jour les motivations profondes de l'Agence, mais pour trouver les réponses à leurs questions, ils doivent une fois encore remonter le cours du Temps. Au cœur de la jungle du Nicaragua, sur un site archéologique maya, ils découvrent un extraordinaire passage entre passé et futur. Mais tous les Time Riders supporteront-ils la terrible vé Les Time Riders commencent à percer à jour les motivations profondes de l'Agence, mais pour trouver les réponses à leurs questions, ils doivent une fois encore remonter le cours du Temps. Au cœur de la jungle du Nicaragua, sur un site archéologique maya, ils découvrent un extraordinaire passage entre passé et futur. Mais tous les Time Riders supporteront-ils la terrible vérité ?


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Les Time Riders commencent à percer à jour les motivations profondes de l'Agence, mais pour trouver les réponses à leurs questions, ils doivent une fois encore remonter le cours du Temps. Au cœur de la jungle du Nicaragua, sur un site archéologique maya, ils découvrent un extraordinaire passage entre passé et futur. Mais tous les Time Riders supporteront-ils la terrible vé Les Time Riders commencent à percer à jour les motivations profondes de l'Agence, mais pour trouver les réponses à leurs questions, ils doivent une fois encore remonter le cours du Temps. Au cœur de la jungle du Nicaragua, sur un site archéologique maya, ils découvrent un extraordinaire passage entre passé et futur. Mais tous les Time Riders supporteront-ils la terrible vérité ?

30 review for Time Riders - Tome 8

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tej

    Well we're drawing near to the end. Just one more book to go in this nine book epic time travel journey in which the concluding final instalment will be released in June 2014. So how does this penultimate instalment measure up to the previous books? Well, its as enthralling, playful and exciting as the previous instalments but it also packs in more gut wrenching, heartbreaking moments and finally plummets into a very frightening dark place teased on by earlier books. As one would expect in a chro Well we're drawing near to the end. Just one more book to go in this nine book epic time travel journey in which the concluding final instalment will be released in June 2014. So how does this penultimate instalment measure up to the previous books? Well, its as enthralling, playful and exciting as the previous instalments but it also packs in more gut wrenching, heartbreaking moments and finally plummets into a very frightening dark place teased on by earlier books. As one would expect in a chronicle fantasy/scifi series, the penultimate instalments would take a a more darker turn. No exception here. So embrace yourself but dont fear it, as Scarrow's narrative still sparkles with plenty of humour, thought provocation on world, political and current issues, splendid character developments and a supreme flair for storytelling. He keeps the narrative fresh by switching between a plethora of different perspectives keeping the story rolling with a sweeping kinetic flow. I know there will be some who would have liked a little more expansion on certain elements but I think perhaps they are sacrificed for the sake of keeping the novel within a YA criteria (which surely is borderline already given the gory content and some adult themes of this series). There is a surprise historical character that will knock some scifi geeks for six and as usual with Scarrow's historical characters, spins a new twisty layer on the character, while maintaining the known legacy. Again, its a tremendous page turner. Where this book differs from previous books is that this is no longer an "adventure of the week" instalment. We are now firmly seated on the main story arc train and towards the end of the book, is at full throttle heading towards, what promises to be a colossal finale with grand revelations. So shall I sum up now? Ok. Brilliant. Thats it. Not much more than that. Just flaming brilliant. Roll on the conclusion in 297 days, 8 hours, 16 minutes and 51 seconds 5/5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I finished this book within 3 days, and I'm now gutted that the series I fell in love with is coming to an end. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I originally bought the first book way back in 2010, purely because it mentioned the Titanic, a subject which I'm fascinated by. But it's become so much more than that, in three years. Book 9 will be released in 2014, and it looks like the die hard fans are going to be waiting almost a year to get their hands on it. I've read some of the other rev I finished this book within 3 days, and I'm now gutted that the series I fell in love with is coming to an end. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, I originally bought the first book way back in 2010, purely because it mentioned the Titanic, a subject which I'm fascinated by. But it's become so much more than that, in three years. Book 9 will be released in 2014, and it looks like the die hard fans are going to be waiting almost a year to get their hands on it. I've read some of the other reviews have mentioned that the first half of the book is quite slow, but I disagree. I was giggling by page 21, and was sucked straight back into the world of Maddy, Liam, Sal, Bob and Becks. After the revelations from previous books and the appearance of Bertie (who has some diary entries in this), I have a feeling there's plenty more where that came from, up Alex's sleeve. There were a couple of subtle hints at what the final book could contain, which, along with the previous revelations, are shocking and always seem to come out of nowhere. But at the same time, always seem to make perfect sense. It's like a big lightbulb going off multiple times over your head. There were times I did feel like slowing down my reading of the Mayan Prophecy, and savour it a bit more, but unfortunately, I just could not put it down. I was desperate to find out more about Bertie (some reviewers apparently didn't see this coming, but I totally did, and I hope to see him in the final book). I have to say, for a YA book, this part of the series, has a very dark and quite frightening ending. I'm not exactly the age group for this kind of book, but even I found the events leading up to the last page quite mind boggling, and if I could have hid behind the couch, I would have done. So far, I have read only a couple of Alex Scarrow's adult books ([[ASIN:0752884298 October Skies]] and [[ASIN:1409103072 The Candle Man]]) but I don't think anything he will ever write will top this series. I pre-order every book as soon as I possibly can (for instance, I pre-ordered this book in February - it wasn't released until August) and I just know, it will be the same with the last book. I do think, like many other Time Riders fans, there's going to be great mourning when this series is over. I don't think I remember falling in love with a YA series since my days of Sweet Valley High and The Babysitter's Club (showing my age!) I hope after book 9 is released, it doesn't go down the path of "I'm bored of the series now, so they will wake up in the shower, and it was all a dream", but something tells me that Alex has had the whole story arc in his head from the beginning. He knows how it's going to end and where it's going to end, and I'm sure he too will be sad to finish writing it. I also hope that Liam, Maddy, Sal, Bob and Becks manage to live on in some way - I can totally picture it as a TV series, or on a movie screen near you. I just hope I don't need any tissues for the last book, as I nearly needed tissues for this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Obaid Haroon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. No words ... ... ... Ok I'm good. So... ... But... ... *Deep breath* Ok. Sals a seeker. Maddie fell in love and then Adam died. They all went back to the Windrunners and destroyed a civilisation. And we still don't know what's in Becks head. Great book. Fantastic book. Much better then 7 but lets not be coy here. Latest theory is a giant alien experiment that Waldstein is in on. The epilogue would seem to back them up. A floating circular object. Assumed by the reader to be a ship. That holds people wor No words ... ... ... Ok I'm good. So... ... But... ... *Deep breath* Ok. Sals a seeker. Maddie fell in love and then Adam died. They all went back to the Windrunners and destroyed a civilisation. And we still don't know what's in Becks head. Great book. Fantastic book. Much better then 7 but lets not be coy here. Latest theory is a giant alien experiment that Waldstein is in on. The epilogue would seem to back them up. A floating circular object. Assumed by the reader to be a ship. That holds people working on the giant energy flow device. BUT THEY WEREN'T THE ONES WHO BUILT IT. It's very clear about that. So we are looking at 2 very distinct sets of beings. The ones who created the device all those centuries ago, henceforth known as 'the builders'. And the ones whose ship came with the passage to be written on the wall, henceforth known as 'the writers'. So here is what I understand PRIOR to the 8 book re-read that will definitely occur. •The builders built the device. •The writers found the device, modded it, and had the text painted on the wall. •Adam Lewis sees the text. •Adam Lewis then sees the Voynich Manuscript which was a copy of the holy grail. Decrypting a single line. •Becks then decrypts the entire manuscript which is in fact a message from older Liam detailing events of pandora. •Unable to divulge the details until "the end", Becks spits out the phrase "Windrunners" causing them to go back to the Mayans and destroy the Windrunners. •Alex Scarrow is an evil genius. Have I missed anything because its a convoluted story make no mistake. 2014 is the next one. Lets get ready. Because its gonna go down. One way or another. And we're going down together.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rubi

    I almost gave this a three-star rating....but I realized that I really didn't like this one all that much, compared to the other books. I had like the small romance going on and some details of the plot, which I almost gave it a three for (I'm a sucker for romance haha), but nope I hated how (WARNING, may contain SPOILERS, so don't read if you don't wanna know), Alex Scarrow totally ruined Sal. She was my least favorite character already and now...well, I just hate her. Then the whole, this plane I almost gave this a three-star rating....but I realized that I really didn't like this one all that much, compared to the other books. I had like the small romance going on and some details of the plot, which I almost gave it a three for (I'm a sucker for romance haha), but nope I hated how (WARNING, may contain SPOILERS, so don't read if you don't wanna know), Alex Scarrow totally ruined Sal. She was my least favorite character already and now...well, I just hate her. Then the whole, this planet is an experient bla bla bla Crazy minds forming a strange beast.... It was just too crazy (for me) I just didn't enjoy as much....creative, but in a bad way (in my opinion) I still give it to him though, Alex Scarrow makes an interesting read....I was never bored And I'm still curious to know where he's taking this :) I'm still in love with Liam! haha

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I have loved every single TimeRiders novel but The Mayan Prophecy, the eighth, is sensational. Without doubt the best of a brilliant series, it is literally unputdownable (I read it in one day and night) and completely mesmerising. As the series moves towards its conclusion with the next novel, here there are more clues and more answers but also an awful lot more trauma, danger and heartbreak for our fabulous heroes Maddy, Liam, Sal, Bob, Becks and their friends. A corker of a book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am flying through this series and after finding the last couple not at the top of my 5+ reads this was a welcome read for me. I loved this one and after finishing it in 24 hours it shows how much I couldn't put it down. I was glad to see Sal gone now though as she was just irritating me with all the moaning and bitching. I only have 1 more to read in this series and part of me doesn't want it to end after 9 books as I feel like I know these characters and I dont want it to end. One of the best I am flying through this series and after finding the last couple not at the top of my 5+ reads this was a welcome read for me. I loved this one and after finishing it in 24 hours it shows how much I couldn't put it down. I was glad to see Sal gone now though as she was just irritating me with all the moaning and bitching. I only have 1 more to read in this series and part of me doesn't want it to end after 9 books as I feel like I know these characters and I dont want it to end. One of the best series I've ever read and I can say that without even having read the last one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sai Girap

    Boring and repetitive after 8 books. TBH don't even know how I read the first 7. Boring and repetitive after 8 books. TBH don't even know how I read the first 7.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was so sad with what ended up happening at the end. I'm really worried about what's going to happen and how they will go from there. I was so sad with what ended up happening at the end. I'm really worried about what's going to happen and how they will go from there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    A fantastic penultimate addition to the phenomenal TimeRiders series. I couldn't put it down from page 1 to page 391. TimeRiders: The Mayan Prophecy" is a incomprehensibly addictive read. The story begins with our heroes, the formerly-employed lackeys of Waldstein and his TimeRiders initiative, Maddy, Liam and Sal accompanied by their meaty-robot henchman/woman Bob and Becks and the wandering scientist, Rashim, from a doomed 2070; questioning their role in the greater scheme of things and trying A fantastic penultimate addition to the phenomenal TimeRiders series. I couldn't put it down from page 1 to page 391. TimeRiders: The Mayan Prophecy" is a incomprehensibly addictive read. The story begins with our heroes, the formerly-employed lackeys of Waldstein and his TimeRiders initiative, Maddy, Liam and Sal accompanied by their meaty-robot henchman/woman Bob and Becks and the wandering scientist, Rashim, from a doomed 2070; questioning their role in the greater scheme of things and trying to figure out the mysterious messages left behind for them all throughout time indicating toward a doomsday event levelled as "Pandora". Amazing theories and revelations are brougth to the table during the course of the book and it results in an incarnation of "the devil itself" to quote the famous H.G. Wells (Just go with it) rising out of what could be described as Hell (Seriously, just go with it). As frightening truths are dug up from the past and even more terrifying character developments come to light the ex-TimeRiders face their most perilous adventure to date. And considering they have access to every date ever, that's a lot of peril. As this is book 8 of a 9 book series I am beginning to get upset about thinking of what could happen once this series is over. I believe I will miss this series more than I did Harry Potter. I actually prefer this series to the aforementioned series. I put this down to the characters. Since the first book of the series released in 2010 we have followed the lives of Maddy, Liam and Sal through it all. Their characters have grown, developed in to people I for one care for greatly. Add to that the occasional comical input from Bob and/or Becks (and the more frequent ass-kickings they dish out) and you have what I think of as as close to a perfect team as I think any writer could achieve in this lifetime. There are talks of a film series or a TV series of some sorts but I am unsure as to whether or not it is mere speculation at present. Here's hoping it happens though because with the addition of this story it adds to what would be a beautiful piece of storytelling to be seen by audiences far and wide.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dante Gallo

    It's currently 5 in the morning so I'll keep this short... It took me a long time to read this one, mainly because nothing particularly interesting or relevant to the overarching story happened until 3/4 of the way into the book, so until that point my interest levels didn't allow me to read more than 20-25 pages at a time. Too many main characters. It means that we're starting to lose depth to the characters which is always a bad thing. We had a teenage romance in this one... If you're like me you It's currently 5 in the morning so I'll keep this short... It took me a long time to read this one, mainly because nothing particularly interesting or relevant to the overarching story happened until 3/4 of the way into the book, so until that point my interest levels didn't allow me to read more than 20-25 pages at a time. Too many main characters. It means that we're starting to lose depth to the characters which is always a bad thing. We had a teenage romance in this one... If you're like me you'll skim these parts... After finishing the novel I just kept thinking that everything that happened could have been avoided or undone quite easily but never was. I'll admit, the last 50 pages or so was actually quite good, but this just annoys me further because it means that the author was just lazy for the first 3/4 of writing. (I realize this is harsh, but I know he can be so much better than this.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    4.5 stars. Absolutely brilliant! It was great to see Adam back for a while. Billy and Bertie were great characters too. I didn't see much point in the whole Maddy-and-Adam-kidnapped-by-bandits. Why was that there? Sal! Seeing what happens to her in this book made me realize how much I love her as a character! Yes, she was self-centered but most girls are her age. She didn't deserve what she got. Alex Scarrow also introduced a bunch of new theories of what on earth (geddit?) was going on. While very 4.5 stars. Absolutely brilliant! It was great to see Adam back for a while. Billy and Bertie were great characters too. I didn't see much point in the whole Maddy-and-Adam-kidnapped-by-bandits. Why was that there? Sal! Seeing what happens to her in this book made me realize how much I love her as a character! Yes, she was self-centered but most girls are her age. She didn't deserve what she got. Alex Scarrow also introduced a bunch of new theories of what on earth (geddit?) was going on. While very interesting, I didn't completely understand it. I was also confused at the underground column and what it was there for but that's probably answered in the last book which I'll have to wait until around June to get!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Franklin Jeevitha A

    I started waiting for it once I completed The Pirate Kings. Such a great read. Is it possible to fill in more stars?? i loved it I place this next to The Doomsday Code and Day of the Predator in my favorites. It is impossible to put the book down once you start.Absolute page turner, I Completed in just one day. :) I started waiting for it once I completed The Pirate Kings. Such a great read. Is it possible to fill in more stars?? i loved it I place this next to The Doomsday Code and Day of the Predator in my favorites. It is impossible to put the book down once you start.Absolute page turner, I Completed in just one day. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne Barwell

    I am going to be very sad when this series finally finishes. One more book to go after this one and everything is heading toward what I suspect will be a conclusion with a few twists and turns to it. This was another fast paced enjoyable read with a lot of character growth, and a few goodbyes to characters which, while not expected, fitted the storyline well. I do wonder though whether it is the last we've seen of them. I liked the fact that (view spoiler)[Bertie was able to share in a part of th I am going to be very sad when this series finally finishes. One more book to go after this one and everything is heading toward what I suspect will be a conclusion with a few twists and turns to it. This was another fast paced enjoyable read with a lot of character growth, and a few goodbyes to characters which, while not expected, fitted the storyline well. I do wonder though whether it is the last we've seen of them. I liked the fact that (view spoiler)[Bertie was able to share in a part of this adventure and how it influenced his books. I had guessed who he really was when he first appeared a couple of books ago. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elli

    My brain has been completely messed by this latest twist. Taken on a ride, jumping back and forth in time from Victorian London to the brink of the 16th Century to the mid-1990s and a far fast forward past the Pandora event. The fundamental questions of our existence as being meaningful get asked. So are we truly alone in vast universe? The Time Riders come ever closer to more questions than answers and this latest outing shakes the team to its core. Was Waldstein correct after all?

  15. 4 out of 5

    edifanob

    The last but one book in the series. This is a darker one. It is difficult talk about this book without giving away too much. It did not take long for me to found out who was Bertie. I liked his appearance. Now I have to wait until June 2014 to see whether I drew the right conclusions or not.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dafydd

    OMG great book, characters where amazing. it was thrilling and exiting can't wait for book 9 it will answer the questions hopefully also if there becomes a book 10 it will round it off and finish the books for good because I got the feeling the end is amazing and VERY ANXIOUS to read it :D so great book and can't wait. OMG great book, characters where amazing. it was thrilling and exiting can't wait for book 9 it will answer the questions hopefully also if there becomes a book 10 it will round it off and finish the books for good because I got the feeling the end is amazing and VERY ANXIOUS to read it :D so great book and can't wait.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric Hartman

    Wow! Surprises left and right (love the inclusion of one of my FAVORITE writers of all time). I really am sort of dreading the next book because it will be the last. Now if oly we can get the Kickstarter "Time Riders movie" campaign going... Wow! Surprises left and right (love the inclusion of one of my FAVORITE writers of all time). I really am sort of dreading the next book because it will be the last. Now if oly we can get the Kickstarter "Time Riders movie" campaign going...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I love the timerider series so much and I loved the ending of this book. The only problem I had is that things tend to get a bit boring and paceless in the middle whilst all the previous books have kept you entertained the whole way through.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    If there weren't enough questions already,"The Mayan Prophecy" just adds more intrigue to the Timeriders series. Too bad we have to edit till 2014 to see how it ends. If there weren't enough questions already,"The Mayan Prophecy" just adds more intrigue to the Timeriders series. Too bad we have to edit till 2014 to see how it ends.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Razia Noor-ketchen

    I love the timeriders series. If you haven't read them, you must. We see the loose ends slowly being tied up. Can't wait for the next book and can't bare the thought that it will soon be all over. I love the timeriders series. If you haven't read them, you must. We see the loose ends slowly being tied up. Can't wait for the next book and can't bare the thought that it will soon be all over.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Oh my god!!! That was... intense. WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK?? So, so good!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri Balasubramanian

    This book lagged a bit more than the rest, but the positives definitely outweighed the single negative. I'm really looking forward to the finale! This book lagged a bit more than the rest, but the positives definitely outweighed the single negative. I'm really looking forward to the finale!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannele

    Whoa....

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Kimselius

    Best fantasy: Time Riders by Alex Scarrow When you, as the author of historical adventure books, where the main characters travel in time, find time travel books with historical elements, then I can do nothing but rejoice. Exactly four weeks ago today I started my journey with the main characters Liam, Maddy and Sal. All three sentenced to death in various disasters, but rescued at the last moment by a time traveler. They meet and are instructed to save the world from a disaster by keeping the tim Best fantasy: Time Riders by Alex Scarrow When you, as the author of historical adventure books, where the main characters travel in time, find time travel books with historical elements, then I can do nothing but rejoice. Exactly four weeks ago today I started my journey with the main characters Liam, Maddy and Sal. All three sentenced to death in various disasters, but rescued at the last moment by a time traveler. They meet and are instructed to save the world from a disaster by keeping the timeline constant. To their aid they have two androids, Becs and Bob. In the first book Time Riders, the three gather together and are stationed in New York 2001, the day before the World Trade Center disaster. Here I get to know the main characters and get caught by the action. Liam OConnor would have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter would have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram would have died in a fire in 2026. But just moments before death would happen, someone appeared mysteriously and said: Take my hand. But Liam, Maddy and Sal were not saved. They were recruited by an agency that no one knows and has only one goal to correct inaccurate history. Because you can travel in time, and there are people who want to travel back in time and change the past. That's why Time Riders are there to protect us. To prevent time travel from destroying the world. In Time Riders Day of the Predator, something goes very wrong. Liam and Bec's end up at the dinosaurs along with several young people who happened to be on the trip. They have no chance to go home again and Sal and Maddy have no idea where they are. Very exciting! Time Riders The Doomsday Code is a fascinating story about a multi-thousand-year-old document. Here comes a new protagonist into the plot, Adam. Together with him they go back in time to the Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood. A very different story. Time Riders TheEternal War is a really screwed up story, where Abraham Lincoln sneaks back in time and causes disaster in the sequence. Time Riders Gates of Rome is probably the book I liked least, although I liked it a lot too. Here they travel back in time and get another companion, Rashim. He is from the future 2070 and tells us that the world's population is dying from a horrible disease. Therefore, in the future, they have opened a gate to Roman times and intend to move all important people there. Something that will be disastrous. Time Riders City of Shadows is a very exciting book where they are chased by cyborgs who are looking to kill Time Travelers. They are posted by the same person who once hired Maddy, Liam and Sal for the mission of keeping the timeline constant. And that person knows everything about them ... Time Riders The Pirate Kings, a charming story set in the pirate era. Where even the most benevolent can do wrong in the eyes of others. Time Riders The Mayan Prophect. Since I have written the Mayan secret, I am well aware of that time. It was lovely reading, and a very scary story. It was not without tears when the book was over. Time Riders The Infinity Cage. All the other eight books I have listened to for a while and gone longer walks than normal, cleaned more than I usually did, worked in the garden for longer moments, all to listen as long as possible. But with this book, the last of the series, I've pulled it off. I haven't always listened when I've been on a walk or done any of the above. Just because I knew that with this book the series was over and I would feel empty and sad afterwards. But oh so wrong I was. Tonight I finished the last book. Instead of feeling sad that the book series was over, I lay with a wide smile and just enjoyed the perfect ending to a book. It can't be more perfect than this. As you probably understand, I recommend you listen to all the books in this magical fantasy series with historical elements. It is noticeable that the author is well read in the historical subjects, I know, because I have written books on most of the events that the author addresses. Read the books, or rather, listen to them, because it enhances the whole story. What a fantastic author and reader.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2 star rating because I’m feeling mean, but it’s close to a 2.5. I thought about giving it three stars because I’ve come this far in the series already and the book held my attention the entire time. Buuutttt,,,here are my thoughts: I'm just so...tired, this book was so disappointing. Maybe just because I can see where this is headed and I'm not thrilled with the idea it's gonna be a "it was all aliens and humanity is just one big alien experiment" ending. Wait......H.G. Wells wrote alien stories 2 star rating because I’m feeling mean, but it’s close to a 2.5. I thought about giving it three stars because I’ve come this far in the series already and the book held my attention the entire time. Buuutttt,,,here are my thoughts: I'm just so...tired, this book was so disappointing. Maybe just because I can see where this is headed and I'm not thrilled with the idea it's gonna be a "it was all aliens and humanity is just one big alien experiment" ending. Wait......H.G. Wells wrote alien stories, didn't he? Oh god, the series really IS gonna end with aliens 🙄😓😤 (imagine me doing the Biggest eye roll) I don't know *why* I hate that idea so much, because it's not like I'm not reading science-fiction that’s about ~time travel~, so how's aliens any more crazy? It's just irritating like, that makes it so /easy/, I thought there would be more social/political commentary aspects to it, like...a human explanation. (**granted, this is NOT the end of the series and I am speculating here, so maybe the author will prove me wrong and this is allll just a misdirection and we're gonna end with a /human/ drama and not ~aliens~) OK so besides my anticipated unhappiness with this series, this was what I didn’t like: 1. The whole "landlord assistant Bertie will be famous author H.G. Wells" thing (plus the inclusion of his "journal excerpts" from later in life) felt cheesy and unnecessary and I didn't like it. 2. I don't remember Maddy being this annoying in the previous books, but it's been a while, soooo 🤷 3. I'm. Soooo. Tired! Of forced romances!!! I'm tired of it!! I'm here for the adventure! In this instance, I can see where the romance "works" as a plot device/character growth thing, but it still makes me boreddd. Boo!! Boring! Rolled my eyes *hard* at Maddy fawning over Adam and also at Sal wondering "what do regular 14 y/o girls think about? Probably boys and romance!" And maybe it wasn't so forced cuz it builds into the plot in the end. Also if I was the target age range for this book, I'd probs think it was sooo deep and meaningful. But me now idc!!! It feels like an easy way to build character growth in Maddy, instead of having her realize organically that she’s been really stubborn and treating Sal dismissively. 4. NOT sure how I feel about the "these hidden civilization people are unintelligent savages bc they don't write stuff down!" narrative. That was mostly Maddy's thoughts though so maybe that's part of what made her super irritating in this book. But even when they’re going down the river, there was no sympathy directed towards the tribespeople, just a kind of "outsider shock and awe" perspective (these natives are ~soo primitive~ type thing). My anthropology background is definitely influencing my feelings on this. But I wish there would’ve been less “these people are dumb and backwards” vibes and more “hm, perhaps these people actually have a culture of their own that makes them worthy of respect.” Things I’m not annoyed about, but just wanna mention: 1. I’m gonna give Liam a pass for the homophobic moment in the boat cuz he’s supposed to be from 1912 so it fits with the time period. 2. Thought I would be sadder about Sal?? Can’t explain why I’m not upset that she’s “dead.” I guess because she still kinda “exists” in the chaos space, so there wasn’t as much of a finality to her death. IDK 🤷‍♀️ 3. This is just me being American and not a criticism of the book or writing, but it took me a while to understand that when they say “hey I’m going into this cave with my torch!” they’re talking about a flashlight and not a little stick on fire xD

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma-Jane

    Hmmm. Definitely my least favourite of the whole series. Quite the filler if you ask me and in fact, very disappointing. I don't feel that the story actually progressed. They are no further forward at the end of the book than they were before. And we still don't know what is in Beck's head. Now that really is irritating. At one point, can't remember which book, we were told that certain criteria had to be met and she would be able to tell them some of the info. Still nothing. I think Alex Scarro Hmmm. Definitely my least favourite of the whole series. Quite the filler if you ask me and in fact, very disappointing. I don't feel that the story actually progressed. They are no further forward at the end of the book than they were before. And we still don't know what is in Beck's head. Now that really is irritating. At one point, can't remember which book, we were told that certain criteria had to be met and she would be able to tell them some of the info. Still nothing. I think Alex Scarrow should have given us something by now. I'm not bothered that Sal has gone - she was starting to annoy me. I'm also starting to find Maddy increasingly irritating. She is indecisive and bossy all at the same time. Bit of a spoiled brat in fact. Rashim seems to have had a personality transplant and has become a wimp. Also annoying. Liam, Bob and Becks are the only characters I give two hoots about! I'm also more than a little concerned, after this installment, that I am not going to like the ending. Some of the discussions in this book about being in a petri dish experiment are ringing very large alarm bells. I am really hoping not to be disappointed. I have the final book ready to go on my Kindle but for the first time in the whole series I am hesitant to start it...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mischa

    Anotger great one. Can't wait for the finale. But god, Sal was really annoying me. In the previous book, she was like "oh I need to know I was real, that will make everything better" and suddenly she's actually mad that she's different from Liam and Maddy? Like, make up your mind. And also, she only started to care about keeping history intact because her goddamn original was supposed to have a life like that.It just felt really dumb and selfish to me. But I mean, with what the author has done in Anotger great one. Can't wait for the finale. But god, Sal was really annoying me. In the previous book, she was like "oh I need to know I was real, that will make everything better" and suddenly she's actually mad that she's different from Liam and Maddy? Like, make up your mind. And also, she only started to care about keeping history intact because her goddamn original was supposed to have a life like that.It just felt really dumb and selfish to me. But I mean, with what the author has done in this one, I get it. However, it felt a little forced. I know Sal was outta it for quite a while, but her behavior actually escalated only in this one. So I guess I'd have loved to see Sal being more bitter in the previous book, too, so that it wouldn't seem so sudden and not quite as thought-out in this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren White

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a hard one for me to rate as at least half of it was amazing, gripping and I didn’t want to put it down. However, there was a point where they found the weird technology where it becomes way too advanced for itself. It’s meant to be fun and this tries to be too serious without the background to back it up. Before where the characters blundered around a bit it didn’t really matter, this time it did, and it was depressing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Martina Sanjaya

    3.5 stars. Total weird, exciting as ever. But I do hate how Maddy being nasty to her team mates, especially to the meatbots. She was always a nuisance before, grumpy and bitter, but this time I think she's over the limit. And this book was almost all about her and Sal, and their men. Wonder how Scarrow would end this series. 3.5 stars. Total weird, exciting as ever. But I do hate how Maddy being nasty to her team mates, especially to the meatbots. She was always a nuisance before, grumpy and bitter, but this time I think she's over the limit. And this book was almost all about her and Sal, and their men. Wonder how Scarrow would end this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Certainly an interesting book. Although as the series progresses I'm feeling it's more focused on the overarching plot, not that that's a bad thing, but I did like reading about the characters exploring different time periods in depth. Not my favourite in the series but still good. I'm looking forward to reading the next one. Certainly an interesting book. Although as the series progresses I'm feeling it's more focused on the overarching plot, not that that's a bad thing, but I did like reading about the characters exploring different time periods in depth. Not my favourite in the series but still good. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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