Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Day of the Predator

Day of the Predator (TimeRiders #2) by Alex Scarrow
Publication Date: August 5, 2010
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 404

Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912.
Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010.
Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029.

But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no-one knows exists. Its purpose—to prevent time travel destroying history . . .

When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window where and when she shouldn’t have, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly—and until now—undiscovered species of predator.

Can Liam make contact with Maddy and Sal before he’s torn to pieces by dinosaurs—and without endangering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality?
I really liked this book, so I don't have a lot of complains, but there are a few. Also,a quick observation. Other then a few things here and there and Foster, this really could have been a standalone even though this is the second book in the series. 
This creature--he realized now, the very same reptilian hominid he had faced back up the hillside in the jungle yesterday--had remembered his name, had remembered their fleeting moment of communication, the exchange of a spoken word. 
The plot is pretty good. The book jumps back and forth between times pretty much every chapter. Though, there were a few times I didn't think it was needed, so the book could've been a few chapters shorter. I also wish there were a few more dinosaurs, seeing as Liam is trapped in the age of dinosaurs. And Alex did okay creating a new species. The description of the dinosaur really wasn''t great. But thinking these things could be smart enough to use tools did help a lot.
Liam developed a lot through the book and a lot from the first one. The new character, the new support unit Becks, adds a new dynamic to the team. I do miss Bob a little, but Becks is cool. You see the fire that Sal should've died in, but other then that she really didn't develop much. Maddy is a lot more unsure of herself now that she is in charge. It did get kinda tiring after awhile. Other then that, Sal and Maddy were really side characters. And Cartwright, the secret agent dude, got crazier every chapter, a lot like Kramer did in the first one.
The ending was pretty good with the revelation about Foster. I can't say I'm surprised, though. I kinda saw it coming. I thought there would've been more action. But the action it actually had was good.
I give this book four hearts. It was better then the first one, but it was still really good. It wasn't perfect, but not a lot of books are. The writing could have been better, but that's just a small complaint.
I do recommend this book and say you should check out the first one, too.


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