Time Shards by Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald. Book Review

Time Shards by Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald
Titan Books, p/b, 448pp, £7.99
Reviewed by martin willoughby

The only thing that lets this book down is the ending. It’s a cliff hanger designed to make you buy the next book. You can call me awkward if you like, but I don’t like that sort of marketing and I will deliberately avoid buying the next book because of it.

That said, it’s a good book. Well thought out, well paced and a good introduction to the characters for what looks like being a series.

So, you ask, what’s it about? It’s about £7.99. Oh, you meant the story.

The world has been shattered. From the moon, Neil Armstrong watches as the world breaks apart and rebuilds itself in a matter of moments, but not in a form he recognises. In modern day Essex, where the action takes place, several people born across the past two thousand years experience the event and are left dazed and confused as they encounter creatures and people outside of the world they know.

There are a number of events like this early in the book, most of which are never referred to again. The three that follow are used as a basis for the book.

Amber watches in horror as the young man she’s about to kiss is sliced in half, caught as his body passes across two shards. Cam escapes from three warriors, part of a vanguard about to invade his tribe’s territory. A serial killer finds new victims. All of these stories are woven together as they try and find their way through a new landscape, meet others and then meet the man who caused it.

The story really gets into its stride when they come across the siege of Colchester during the Civil War. The group are imprisoned, escape then chased across the wilds of Essex and its multiple time shards. Did I mention the dinosaurs?

And that’s all there is to it.

It’s an adventure and an interesting read, but nothing spectacular. The literary equivalent of an autumn Sunday afternoon on BBC2. Safe, entertaining, some excitement, all woven together with believable humans thrown into an unusual story. A Doug McClure film.

But I will give it this: it’s different enough from the norm to be worth a punt.