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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 24 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E192S6U
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TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2): Day of the Predator (Book 2) Audio Download – Unabridged
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When I heard that he was going to do a children's series I thought "I'm not a Teen I don't read YA books" and I have always stuck
With the principle that I don't Read YA books. But something made me break that rule, I suppose its his skill at writing characters!
Anyway, I read TR1 and loved it and thought, yup this is good, but is it a flash in the pan? NO TR2 has shown that this is Alex's True niche
Don't get me wrong I hope he always writes adult thrillers as well, but Timeriders is his forte, and its not really Young adult, it really is something
for adults and teens and kids to share, it really spans the age groups appealing to all and not speaking down to anyone.
The main characters are once again brilliantly written, the story line is well paced and flows beautifully. I cant wait for TR3.4 5 6 7 etc...
I also still have some issues with Scarrow's version of time travel. I expect this is a personal gripe as I notice this novel has a huge fan base, but it just didn't make sense to me. It looks like it's a dynamic time travel story, yet no one treats it as such. Why couldn't Maddy or Sal just go back to 20 minutes before the accident and stop Liam from going into the building? Surely that would have caused less damage than allowing him to romp around in pre-history, felling trees and killing dinosaurs.
I also though the unnamed predators lacked some imagination. They're described as looking just like the xenomorphs from Alien (seriously, if you look closely at the cover you can see one of them in the bottom right) and are able to grasp concepts such as love and hindsight, yet can't suss the mechanics of a pointed stick. Seriously Broken Claw, you have claws that can punch holes in prey. Surely you can see that the spears do the same thing?
In terms of characterisation, I felt that Liam got far more than the girls. Through his interaction with Becks, we got to see his caring side and, in turn, it was interesting to see how this affected Becks's growth. The girls still felt like third wheels. Sal barely spoke in this novel and Maddy is still detestable, treating the support units like slabs of meat. I just don't like the way that Scarrow writes women in general - describing Becks as being 87% less efficient than Bob (except in situations that require a female operative...Read more ›
While the omnipotent-all-knowing-God-like narration is something to get used to, leaving very few stones unturned, he still manages to keep me hooked as a reader with sparkling imagery and occasional moments of light, breezy humour. The description of areas are so vivid and real that you are practically there, but perhaps occasionally overwritten and at times you're waiting for the story to carry on.
The main issue I perhaps have with the book series is that it has taken me this long to actually form any sort of emotional bond with the characters. About halfway through the book Liam O'Connor became a little more real to me as he was put in danger and support unit Becks (a FANTASTIC addition to the character roster) also tugged on my heartstrings.
Maddy and Sal remain a little underdeveloped for me. It's part of the problem of having Liam as the main TimeRider who travels through time. It makes it awfully difficult to keep Maddy and Sal's lives exciting when they are pretty much just hanging out in NYC 2001 waiting for them to come back.
A few shocking moments within the plot, secret notes, government agencies and the most shocking final line kept me gasping and excited to start on the third installment. I am enjoying this series on the whole, Scarrow clearly knows the ins and outs of his world very well, the technology he has created coming through as if actual fact. A very clever series that I will ALWAYS recommend.
Instead of support unit Bob, we have a female, Becks. Her interaction with Liam and the world around her is a treat here.
As before, Scarrow doesn't pull his punches for a young readership and he doesn't talk down. What will appeal to most, whatever age, is that this book is set in the time of the dinosaurs, some of whom may have been more intelligent than they've been given credit for. The world that Scarrow creates pulls the reader in. It's quite extraordinary. And, with time waves rippling, you never quite know what will happen next.
This is most definitely a series to be read in sequence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book two of Time riders. As good as the first, with a twist at the end. A recommended read for all age'sPublished 2 months ago by Alex.R
Had high hopes for this book, as l hoped book 1 was just a warm up, so book 2 might be better. Unfortunately it just got even more boring and predictable. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jay C.
Love the books and this is known exception good for teenagers and adultsPublished 8 months ago by Ashley gray
Storyline started weakly but soon grabbed my attention and gripped me right to the end. The ending was a neat trick and now I'm going to read the whole series! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Belsten
My son really likes this series - and I'm encouraging him to read more long novels - so I bought him this book (and the others in the series). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr Smith