Introducing The Lights of Time, the debut novel by award-winning author Paul Ian Cross. Loved by book bloggers and readers alike for its unique take on the time travel genre, the novel has been described as 'page-turning literary sci-fi that keeps you guessing' by bestselling author Karen Inglis. The novel has since been submitted to The Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature.
Would you sacrifice your future to save your past?
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 spacetime 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 a warm meal and a place to stay, 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.
If you're a fan of science fiction action and adventure, The Lights of Time is the book for you.
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross is the first book in The Chronicles of Engella Rhys. Engella must stay a step ahead of the Hunters so they won't catch her. All she wants is to find answers about what happened to her parents but instead she's wanted by a mysterious corporation. When she meets a stranger named Annys, she finds an ally to help her navigate throughout space-time. Her journey through time leads her to the discovery of a surprising truth about her past. Meanwhile, Eddie investigates an old military base, only to end up in the middle of something bigger. He meets two strangers and when he doesn't heed their cautionary advice, it results in the death of his mother. The next years of his life are spent determined to find the murderer, which puts him back in the path of the strangers who tried to help him before. Paul Ian Cross weaves through time, dipping into the past as far as 1955 and going into the future of 2066, with journeys to various times in between. Engella's adventures strike a balance between the past and the future with moments bringing significant advancements to how her journey proceeds. The past gives her a surprising connection to her parents and brings her face to face with someone who knew her parents. The future contains various points with advancements made that are at the root of the story through the use of traveling through space-time, which is a form of time travel. The future pinpoints scientific advancements, including GenMod which does genetic modifications, and Clonepetz which has everything from mini elephants to tigers the size of house cats. She's constantly on the run from the Hunters, which gives a thriller element to the story, complete with action and suspense that leave you wondering if she's going to get caught. Each new place unlocks new clues, slowly delving into certain truths about her past. The perspective of Eddie adds to the mystery through his search for his mother's murderer, which consumes him. He blames himself for not choosing to listen to the warning he was given, leading to his mother's death. This drive is like Engella's desire to also find the truth and the journey for justice pulls him into Engella's path in an interesting way. The Lights of Time weaves through time in an action-packed journey that finds two unlikely allies in a search for answers.
Teenager Engella is travelling through time trying to find her parents whilst being chased by the Hunters. She was sent through a wormhole aged eight when her parents were captured. The Hunters work for a corporation that wants the technology to travel through time to be theirs alone. After a close call, Engella travels to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, 2016 and is helped by a woman called Annys. It turns out that Annys know who Engella is and that she has been waiting for her for many years and that she is her watcher. The two travel to various places and times but the Hunters are close on their tail again. Can the two avoid being captured and find Engella’s parents? The Lights of Time is a middle-grade novel that features a feisty teenager who is travelling the world and time alone. She last saw her parents nine years ago and has never stopped searching for them. Each chapter is a shift in time and whilst most are told from Engella’s point of view there are a few from the Hunters perspective too. I would have liked to of known from the beginning why Engella was travelling through time and what happened to start her journey but overtime this information was feed through the plot. The book is engaging and had me enthralled from the first chapter to the very last. It is a fun, exciting adventure and keeps you on your toes wondering where Engella will end up next and in what time. Overall, this is a great sci-fi story that I’m sure older children and teenagers will enjoy. I now can’t wait to read book two in the series.