Number of pages: 341
Read between: 18th- 31st May
Published: October 9th, 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Synopsis: New York City, 2141: Yojana Patel throws herself off a skyscraper, but never hits the ground.
Cornwall, 1640: gentle young Dora Predennick, newly come to Sweetclover Hall to work, discovers a badly-burnt woman at the bottom of a flight of stairs. When she reaches out to comfort the dying woman, she’s knocked unconscious, only to wake, centuries later, in empty laboratory room.
On a rainy night in present-day Cornwall, seventeen-year-old Kaz Cecka sneaks into the long-abandoned Sweetclover Hall, determined to secure a dry place to sleep. Instead he finds a frightened housemaid who believes Charles I is king and an angry girl who claims to come from the future.
Thrust into the centre of an adventure that spans millennia, Dora, Kaz and Jana must learn to harness powers they barely understand to escape not only villainous Lord Sweetclover but the forces of a fanatical army… all the while staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman known only as Quil.
This novel has great premise, three kids (well young adults) from three different time periods, joined together and thrown through time, to end up stuck in the middle of a war.
Dora, Kaz and Jana are each out of their time and deal with the situation differently. Dora, for example, is a girl from the 17th century when she is sent to the future and she struggled the most with getting her head around what happened to her.
I also feel that this book is kind of her story, as the majority of the adventure takes place five years after she left during the 17th Century and the English Civil War.
Out of the three, I liked Kaz the most. When Dora was frightened, and Jana had her bitchy moments, Kaz was surprisingly level-headed. It was also great that he was Polish. I’ve never read a book with a central Polish character before so that was a nice change, and he wasn’t written in a way that could be stereotypical.
It was nice to see a non-English character who isn’t an American.
It’s a great book- even the villains of the story, Lord Sweetclover and Quil were padded out. They weren’t just coherently evil, they had back stories and it worked really well. I mean, they had to try and earn the trust of the three time travellers.
The mix of past and future also kept the story interesting. It was funny to see futuristic weapons alongside the weapons of the century- so historical fiction as well as sci-fi! A great mix!
I’m glad I read this book because I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump and this book was a cure! I love a good sci-fi book and this had everything so I’d highly recommend it!
An excellent read!
Thanks for reading!