Timebomb. Book Review

TBTIMEBOMB by Scott K. Andrews
Hodder and Stoughton, p/b, 352pp, £6.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

The first in the Timebomb Trilogy, Andrews introduces us to a dark and confusing world of time travel. Three teenagers from different times find their lives intertwined as they race against and through time to defeat the villainous Lord Sweetclover and his scheming, controlling wife.

Jana finds herself cornered on a rooftop in New York in 2141, and with no other choice available, throws herself from the roof. Before she hits the ground though, she finds herself being thrown through time, seeing strange things and places.

Dora is a young, Cornish kitchen maid in 1640. Hearing mysterious cries early in the morning, she finds a badly burnt woman and when she reaches out to touch her, is catapulted through time and space.

Seventeen-year-old Kaz is a Polish immigrant, who had been working illegally in Britain. Sneaking into an abandoned manor house to shelter from the rain, he comes face to face with Dora and Jana, both confused and scared. Together, they must stay ahead of Lord Sweetclover and his wife Quil, while trying to work out what has happened to them and why they are being chased.

Andrews has already garnered much praise for his previous work, “The Afterblight Chronicles”, and is certain to do the same with the Timebomb Trilogy. An unusual foray into the time travel genre, this sets the scene well for the coming novels, and will appeal to all audiences.