TimeRiders: Day of the Predator

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Liam, Maddy, and Sal are TimeRiders, teens who've been saved from certain death to prevent time travel from destroying history-and the future. But when Maddy mistakenly opens a time window, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years in the past, in the hunting ground of a deadly species of prehistoric predator. Liam's only hope is to make contact with Maddy and Sal before he's hunted down by dinosaurs, and without altering history so much that the world is overtaken by a ...

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Overview

Liam, Maddy, and Sal are TimeRiders, teens who've been saved from certain death to prevent time travel from destroying history-and the future. But when Maddy mistakenly opens a time window, Liam is marooned sixty-five million years in the past, in the hunting ground of a deadly species of prehistoric predator. Liam's only hope is to make contact with Maddy and Sal before he's hunted down by dinosaurs, and without altering history so much that the world is overtaken by a terrifying new reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maggie L. Schrock
Liam, Maddy, and Sal are all time travelers who were rescued from sure death during infamous points in history. They now work for a secret agency responsible for protecting the future of life as we know it. Disaster strikes and Liam, with a group of students on a field trip, is accidentally transported to the prehistoric past, during the time of an unknown predatory dinosaur. The predators learn from the humans and history is changed forever, with the predators becoming the dominant species of Earth, not humans. Liam has to leave a temporary imprint on history to send a message to his teammates advising of his location in time. Consequently, Maddy and Sal have to work together to replace history as we know it, while getting rid of the government officials who, due to Liam's fossilized message, have found out about the secret agency. Will Liam, Maddy, and Sal manage to fix their mistakes? The second in the "Time Riders" series, this is an action packed novel. Despite the length, readers will be entranced by the well-developed characters and unexpected plot twists. With its inclusion of historical references, the novel will appeal to multiple types of readers, from those interested in dinosaurs to those interested in more recent history. Reviewer: Maggie L. Schrock
VOYA - Lisa Martincik
In this second of a rumored nine-volume series, Liam, Maddy, Sal, and their Artificial Intelligence-enhanced organic robot receive a garbled message from their mysterious HQ about an assassin intent on preventing time travel. Someone wants to stop science geek Edward Chan from ever writing the paper that will lead to time travel technology, so Liam and the robot —now in a female body and named Becks—take a short hop to the future. Unfortunately, an explosion leads to a long trip back to the Cretaceous era, where, not only Chan but an entire group of students, face extinction. In Day of the Predator, Scarrow smoothes out some of the unevenness marring his prose in volume one. Additionally, he begins to address some of the mysteries introduced in the previous book as our small team of time agents question the provenance and whereabouts of their parent organization. Scarrow also relies on the same formula: Liam and the "meat robot" (Becks) travel to the problem time, where things get worse and make the future changed and difficult for Maddy and Sal. Hopefully, subsequent books will see some deviation because this plot frame will not survive an entire series without falling into tedium. Some of the time travel science here feels a bit tenuous, but Scarrow plows relentlessly into the next short chapter before it can fully register. In a few cases, the ideas are stronger than the execution but the ideas are indeed fun. Reviewer: Lisa Martincik
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Liam, introduced in TimeRiders (Walker, 2010) as a teenage boy rescued from imminent death on the Titanic to become a time traveler, is accidentally sent back to the Cretaceous period with a group of high school students and his artificial-intelligence support unit, Becks. Their rescue takes up most of the book, with the action alternating between their adventures in dinosaur land and repeated attempts to bring them back by Sal and Maddy, two TimeRiders from the first book who live in a time bubble surrounding the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Within this framework there is an interesting, in-depth exploration of the implications of time travel and its effect on reality. Contamination of the past can have drastic effects on the future, a problem highlighted when Liam and his companions accidentally cause the evolution of a race of hominid reptiles. The author also explores the question of whether the artificial-intelligence units, developed simply as computers inside a cloned human body, actually possess some level of humanity. The juxtaposition of time travel and dinosaurs will appeal to many readers, but be forewarned, the body count is high and the deaths are often gruesome.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802733870
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: TimeRiders Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 350,409
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEX SCARROW has been a rock guitarist, a graphic artist, and a computer games designer. He is the author of several adult thrillers, including Last Light and A Thousand Suns. The TimeRiders series is his first for young adults. He lives in England with his wife and son.

www.timeridersbooks.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Gdgd

    I really liked this book i read it about a month ago and it was awesome.action packed. im gunna read the 2nd one after i finish mockingjay and after the 2nd time rider........ KILL ORDER the best seires in the world.wich i read like 5 months ago. :) :o

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    Even better than the first!

    I loved the first book in the Time Riders series, and the second was even better! The thing that sticks out to me in these books is how well-researched they are. When dealing with advanced scientific technology and historic details, a lot of research is needed, and Scarrow has clearly spent a lot of time making sure to get the facts straight. Not only does he get them straight, but he explains the science in a way that the average teen will understand what's going on, while also managing to not "talk down" to his readers.

    Along with the science of the time travel being interesting, this book was action packed and perfectly paced! I kept turning the pages because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There was never a dull moment. I especially loved seeing how what happened in the past affected the present.

    Along with being incredibly creative and attuned to the scientific details of the story, Alex Scarrow is a magnificent writer. Some of the scenes were brilliantly done, such as the ones from Broken Claw's perspective (I imagine it must be difficult to get inside the mind of a primitive lizardy caveman creature!), and the scene where he showed the progression of time and how certain objects made it from the Cretaceous Era to the present. Scenes like those make this book even more unique than it already is, and also made me think about time and evolution and all that fun stuff.

    I love the characters as well. Liam is such a good-hearted boy, and Maddy is smart and on her toes. I wish I knew more about Sal, but I'm trusting that we'll learn more about her as the series progresses. Scarrow also does a great job making their support unit -- who takes on a new identity in Day of the Predator -- a character that I connected with, too. Lastly, there was something dropped at the end that caught me totally by surprise! I'm not going to give it away, but it was a great twist :)

    If you're a fan of time travel stories, then Time Riders is a must read! I can't wait to see what new adventures await the Time Riders as the series continues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Great book

    Love this series. Great stories and kept my interest thruout the entire book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Awesome!!

    This is an amazing series. If you liked the first book, you will love this one. Some secrets at the end are revealed. Truly amazing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    EPIC

    Could not stop reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    out of the park

    This is a very good book. It gets really exciting at parts. Reccomend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    I loved, loved, loved this book ... I could't put it down!

    I loved, loved, loved this book ... I could't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Time Riders

    This book doesnt dissapoint a great read and better then the first book

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