Wednesday, August 4, 2010
"The train journey was horrible."
This one is obviously a time travel story. Time City is a patch of time/space that exists outside of our timeline. The inhabitants monitor time and are able to travel to any point in the tens of thousands of years of human history. There are patches of time that are more stable than others and some that are actually quite unstable. Vivian Smith is a child who is being sent to an aunt in 1939 England due to the war. Jonathan is a boy from Time City who has overheard an official conversation about time instability and thinks that the solution is to travel in time and kidnap Vivian. So what is really happening in time and are these kids the ones to save the world and Time City?
There was a lot of bizarre terminology in this book and the situations were quite complex but if you are able to get through that sort of thing, this was a great story. Vivian, Jonathan and Sam (Jonathan's cousin) are really well-formed characters and they were fun companions. Time City was an amazing place and I think this would make a fantastic movie.
Keeping my feet on the ground,
Find a used copy of this book or borrow it from your local library. We bought a used copy from Powell's.