Thursday, 9 January 2014

Review: The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon

What happened to the children?

The year is 2043, and humans have been mysteriously unable to reproduce for almost thirty years. To prevent panic and keep the population from dwindling to nothing, global authorities offer a Lotto, where a few winners each week can enter a time portal and bring back adopted children from the future. They’re never allowed to talk about what they saw.

The exception to this system is Los Angeles resident and reluctant celebrity Rachel Harris, the only woman of her generation to naturally give birth. Years of medical tests and treatments have been unable to explain or replicate her pregnancy, and the whole world grieved when Rachel’s daughter died in a tragic accident.

When Rachel wins the Lotto, she’s shocked, and then elated. She can be a mother again. But the baby she meets in 2108 carries a secret that will shatter Rachel’s reality and endanger everyone close to her. Now Rachel must race across time to save her life and her child, even as she discovers that nothing—and no one—are what they seem.

Paperback, 518 pages
Published October 25th 2013 by Corinthians Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

* I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first started reading this book I thought that it showed great potential. The story of the world of 2043 being mysteriously infertile and playing a world wide lotto to get children was unique and interesting and it looked like a great story was about to unfold. Unfortunately it quickly lost its ground and I found it very difficult to finish as the plot unfolded. This book needed more than my imagination to get through it.

First of all, there were way too many holes in the story that left questions unanswered, leaving me more than a little confused. Even as the outcome became clear it left me questioning why certain things occurred because they contradicted everything that came to light in the end.

The story was extremely busy with numerous characters but I quickly realised that I didn't need to remember a lot of them because they would all die anyway. Also with the time travel aspect, many different years came into play. Lets see...there was 2043, 2108, 2013, 2010, 2022 and 2086. It made the story a little too confusing for my liking.

I understand that this book is a sci/fi book but the fact that Rachel is shot at for hundreds of pages (no exaggeration) and never once gets hit while everyone around her drops like flies was just a tad bit unrealistic and hard to swallow. I didn't feel any emotional connection to her character either. When the book started she was emotionally unstable but then when everyone she loves begins to die, she doesn't break or even shed many tears.

I want to make it clear that I am not bashing this book but just explaining why it was not for me. Fans of sci/fi, time travel, robots, aliens and a ton of fighting may actually really enjoy it. I am giving it a very generous 2 star rating because there were a few good moments and the guts of the story held some potential.


About the Author

Marvin Amazon is a Nigerian-born, British author who currently lives in Essex, England. Marvin stretches his imagination with movies, video games, comics, and, of course, novels. He credits the library across the street from his childhood home in Battersea, southwest London, with opening his eyes to the engrossing worlds of fantasy and crime fiction. 



No comments:

Post a Comment