Title: Time Square | The Shift * Author: S.W. Lothian * Publication Date: March 29, 2014 * Publisher: Independent * Pages: 205 * Recommended Ages: 8+
There’s more to time than ticks and tocks.
Imagine this. Your dad is a part-time archaeologist who has a tendency to discover things. One day, he comes home from an expedition with a crusty old relic, and dumps it in the basement. You’d probably think everything would be fine and dandy, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because that’s precisely when all the trouble started.
It’s 1930, and Lewis and Eva Hudson are a couple of twin teens with just such a dad. Then, on a chilly wintry day in Washington D.C., the three of them mysteriously disappear into thin air, without a trace. Throw in a weird and mysterious rival with a point to prove, add a looming disaster that threatens to break time itself, and pretty soon they’re smack bang in the front seat of a roller-coaster to doomsville.
Time Square | The Shift is an edge-of-your-seat time-travel adventure that’s full of action and plenty of humour. It’s sure to leave you begging for a breather. Join Dr Rex Hudson, his two teen kids Lewis and Eva, and a whole cast of wonderful and wacky characters as they try to fix the unfixable.
Time Square is an exciting new series from the author of The Golden Scarab, The Cursed Nile and The Fallen Pharaoh. If you loved the Quest series, then you’ll love this new series even more.
My Thoughts: Time Square | The Shift is set in the 1930’s and is a science fiction tale which blends mystery, time travel, and suspense. The story centres around Dr. Rex Hudson – who makes a life changing discovery deep in the jungles of Machu Picchu in Peru – and his twin daughter and son who inadvertently go along for the adventure of a lifetime when all three fall through a portal that takes them to Time Square – the central station of time travel.
Dr. Hudson and his family soon learn that the removal of a strange obelisk from its resting place in Peru has triggered a series of events that may forever change the flow of time. In fact, fractures in time have already occurred leaving time travelers stranded in unexpected and unknown locations. It is up to Dr. Hudson, his children, and others at Time Square to return the obelisk to its resting place and to rescue the time travellers stranded across space and time.
In a formula reminiscent of the Quest series, the author once again pens a thrilling roller-coaster ride of an adventure with a twist of time travel. Readers dive right into the story as we come upon Dr. Rex and the other members of his search party as they are attacked by a band of poo-slinging, marauding monkeys. The quick pace of the story grabs your attention from page one and keeps it until you turn the final page. The author excels at keeping a young reader engaged by incorporating lots of action and witty dialogue between the quirky characters. There are definitely many great one-liners that had me laughing out loud!
I felt that the author hit the right balance in discussing the intricacies and complexity of time travel to the story. There is just enough information to keep it interesting, but not enough to overwhelm young readers. I loved the concept of a central station where a privileged few have the opportunity to travel back in time or to the future. Sign me up! The only comment I have is that I felt that the dialogue used among the doctor and his children in particular did not reflect the way people would speak in the 1930’s. It felt more like the way kids today would speak. The positive side of this is that children today could probably relate more easily to the children in the book because their language is similar.
Time Square | The Shift is the first book in a planned series that will see the main characters moving forward with a number of sub-plots including finding and relocating the obelisk as well as finding and rescuing the stranded time travellers. I do have a bit of feedback for the author. I noticed that there were numerous perspective changes in the story including Dr. Hudson’s, Charlie Tingleton’s, the children’s, Leonard’s, and Sultan’s. I think that because this is a middle grade book, I would have the main perspective be the children’s and have the other parts told through a narrator. That being said, there is a lot more story to be told and I’m coming along for that ride!
My Bottom Line: Time Square | The Shift is a quick-paced adventure featuring a quirky cast of characters who frequently engage in witty dialogue; an intricate and suspenseful plot that will keep readers turning the pages; and plenty of humorous moments that will keep the reader entertained. I recommend this series to middle graders who love time travel and a great adventure. Ages 8+
* This book was given to me free-of-charge in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our book promotion services.
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“This is an exciting theme revolving around time travel. The book has lots of adventure, intrigue, whimsy, and humor that will excite young readers and keep them glued to the book. The author has kept up the pace of the story with an urgency in the writing style that elevates the mysterious angle of the theme. The characters have been effectively portrayed, making them likeable and endearing. The other characters who come into the story lend adequate support to the theme. There is some wonderful imagery, too, in the writing style, which enhances the aesthetic appeal of the scenes. The book is engaging and the time travel theme will keep readers fascinated. The time shift is the strong point of the theme, which has been handled well without making the story too difficult for young readers to comprehend.” ~ Mamta Madhavan, Readers’ Favorite
“I would recommend this series for confident readers aged eight and over who are inspired by historical mysteries and the possibilities of manipulating time.” ~ Goodreads Review
“I really enjoyed this time travel adventure – of course I’ll have to read the next one now! The activities and adventures Lewis and Eva get up to, the uncertainty and danger, then the excitement of time travel, all are put together nicely to produce an entertaining read.” ~ Goodreads Review
“There are lots of funny lines and a wide range of really quirky characters introduced to the reader. Dr Hudson is a well-meaning but clumsy but fortunately Eva and Lewis are very brave, and ready for adventure. Bring it on!” ~ Goodreads Review
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