Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time Runners #1
by Justin Richards
Juvenile Science Fiction
London : Simon & Schuster, 2007
Jamie Grant gradually becomes invisible to those around him, including his parents. Only Anna, a strange girl in an old-fashioned dress, takes notice of him. She tells Jamie that due to a break in time, he no longer exists. If he doesn't help repair the problem, then many more people will cease to be and the world will become a totally different place. Midnight and his skitters are out to get him on the side of darkness and evil - those who want the time break to expand. As with most books about the paradox of time and time travel, it is interesting but if you think too long and hard about it you will get a whopper of a headache. The villain, Midnight, wasn't as well-developed of a character as I had hoped for. Even the good guys, the Time Runners, remain mysterious in their purpose and existence. I can only hope that more is revealed in further volumes in the series, yet I don't know if I am interested enough to try them out. However, kids in about 4th and 5th grade will probably enjoy this as a light science fiction tale.