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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141326921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141326924
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Scarrow spent the first ten years out of college in various rock bands trying to get a record deal. Then, failing miserably at that he went into the computer games business as a digital artist.

After a decade in the games business, he ended up as a senior designer working on high-concept projects for next generation consoles.

Finally he got bored of all of that and turned his hand to writing. His first manuscript, A THOUSAND SUNS was published in the UK by Orion in 2005. He now has a number of thrillers out and written the nine-book teen series TIMERIDERS which has won a number of awards, been nominated by Puffin as BEST ADVENTURE FANTASY in their recent BEST SEVENTY CHILDRENS BOOKS OF ALL TIME press release.

And coming soon, released exclusively on Amazon Kindle, is the ELLIE QUIN SERIES, which Alex describes as a chase story across a future universe that looks a bit like 'BladeRunner meets Douglas Adam's Hitch-Hikers Guide'. He has also described it as 'Bridget Jones in Space'.

Which is intriguing.

Alex Scarrow is fast building a reputation as one of the UK's most original writers.

"Alex is plugged into the zeitgeist - his themes of religious chaos, environmental catastrophe and the dangers of unchecked power are perfectly in tune with the times." - Orion Books.

Alex is represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates

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About the Author

Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with when designing games.

He lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob, his wife, Frances, and two very fat rats.

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In the future, time travel is very real and going back in time to change the past can seriously change the present. The story is based around 3 teenagers from the past, present and future that were saved from the brink of death to correct history when altered and ultimately save the world.

In the first book Maddy, Liam and Sal (the newest time riders' team) are thrown into the deep end when a time traveller from the future goes back to help Hitler win WW2 and eventually cause the end of the world. It's up to them and their artificially grown human cyborg Bob, to go back and fix it. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and reading ahead to see how they'll get out of some tight situations in both the 1950's and 2001.

Alex Scarrow is a genius; he has manipulated the history and past into an exciting and unique book, shining a new light on the time-travel genre. Although some parts of the book are slow and don't make much sense, the book is well written and structured, with the loose ends being tied up in later parts of the book. Scarrow has given new twists to the Titanic, Nazis, J.F Kennedy, the Twin Towers and so many other time periods that you wouldn't believe.

This book is suitable for boys and girls of the teenage years and older, guaranteeing to teach you something new, no matter your age. So if you're into your sci-fi or looking for a new series to read, Time riders is a definite pick and I personally can't wait for book 2 to come and see how history has been altered this time.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2011
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As someone who reads and reads and reads i have always said i'm not going to get sucked into the kids / YA market. EG Harry Bloomin potter market, its a kids book for kids and can be read by kids.

BUT....i have been proved a liar.

Im a huge fan of Alex Scarrows writing so when i heard about this book i had to give it a go, the concept alone is brilliant, but as usual his main strength comes to the fore. Great characters. The man just knows people and writes them so well and that comes across so well in this book.
Time slip is his normal forte, and this time he takes it one step further and is even able to move in time, this series has so much potential i wish i had kids to share it with...but there are always nephews, nieces and god children, and lets face it im hooked as well. im not going to hide this book on my shelf, it can sit proudly next to the grown up books.

So in Summary no matter your age...go buy this book i promise you will not regret it.

Alex Keep up the great work...lets see loads more of these Timeriders...and great news for any fans to go with this is Alex also has Afterlight due out this year, so all fans get Double Alex Scarrow fun this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Leymus on 27 Nov. 2012
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I love children's fictionm and this one is a great adventure. I was absolutely hooked from the tag line.
The premise is interesting, three kids who should have died in different accidents through history brought to gether to sort out history.
From the very first chapter you are drawn into the mystery of timetravel and what did happen on that first time travel experiment.
The book is fast paced, though does tend to slow just a little in the middle, but the minute you think you've figured out what's going on another mystery rears it's head.
Without doubt this is the best of the series so far, but each book gets more mysterious and the scrapes and seemingly impossible situations the group get into are gasp worthy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darania on 22 May 2013
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As duly noted by previous reviewers, this novel can be summarised by 3 random teenagers mysteriously saved from potentially horrible deaths and chosen for their unique talents to become the eponymous Timeriders for a future agency who patrols time to locate and prevent potential paradoxes before they can forever change our own vulnerable timeline. The 1st novel of the series starkly shows the consequences of an ethically misguided future scientist who travels back in time to use his superior knowledge to guarantee Hitler wins WW2 and defeat a technologically inferior USA in the mid 50's to become an established fascist superpower in the early 21st century. This inevitably creates a massive time-wave creating instant changes in the future timeline that is only detected by the Timeriders (who all critically exist inside a small stasis energy field outside of ordinary time) hidden in New York. Once the changes are detected and specifically located they send their fledgling teenage field agent Liam O Connor along with a cloned cyborg bodyguard named Bob to go back in time on his 1st dangerous mission to restore the timeline back to our own.
Needless to say, things typically don't work out as planned for the troubled team and the fast paced plot really takes off from that point. Following the time travel conventions established by novels and films like the seminal Legion of Time, and later Terminator films but never truly improving on these key examples, Timeriders still deftly equals them in action, sympathetic characters (ironically including the `villainous' scientist), and several key plot twists. All of which crucially combine to create a compelling SF thriller I'd proudly place amongst my top 5 time-travel novels.
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