Today I am sharing my thoughts on a fast-paced time travelling adventure. The Lights of Time is an upper middle grade Sci-Fi novel with a bold and brave protagonist and I would definitely recommend it to any young Sci-Fi fans.
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Title: The Lights of Time
Author: Paul Ian Cross
Author Bio: Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.
Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!
Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!
In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.
Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.
Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.
And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.
Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!
Synopsis: Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.
As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.
But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?
Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Categories: Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Middle Grade,
Publication Date: 27th November 2018
Publisher: Farrow Children’s Books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Content Warnings: n/a
Review: I am a big fan of the Sci-Fi genre, and I have always been fascinated by time travel, so as you can imagine when I saw the synopsis of The Lights of Time I just had to give it a read. And I was hooked from the start. I loved Engella the protagonist and the action is just so fast paced I just didn’t want to put it down.
The worldbuilding was really interesting, and we got so many wonderful glimpses of the worlds and time periods as Engella travelled through them. A future filled with hoverboards and GenMod pet shops sounds like it would be definitely worth a visit should I ever get my hands on a shiftband.
Engella is a really likeable protagonist, she is brave and determined. I am collecting books with interesting, brave and strong female protagonists for when my daughter is a little older and The Lights of Time is the perfect addition to our collection.
The short chapters and fast action make The Lights of Time a great book for those who like to read in short bursts, say a couple of chapters before bed etc. The writing style is really engaging and even reading it as an adult I was swept up in the adventures of Engella and her friends
I would definitely recommend The Lights of Time to any young Sci-Fi fans, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I cannot wait to see what the future (or the past) holds in store for Engella.
You can find author Paul Ian Cross over on his website or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
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