An entertaining, lighthearted read…
Ian’s adventures in time travel continue with this entertaining second installment in Starnes’s Saving History series as he gets ready to join the time-traveling institution, forming new allies while the old enemies return. Now that the confusion about how the Time Keeper works is over and Ian is aware of his family’s history, he is ready to join his special school to sharpen his time-traveling skills under the guidance of his history teacher and mentor Jax. The faster he learns to use his special gifts; the easier it will become for him to get his best friend Kayla back from the past. But Ian and Jax’s journey to the school is not the simple train ride as they imagined it to be: there are strange occurrences, horrendous circumstances, and vicious enemies to face. The only silver lining is the presence of new allies who also have scores to settle with the malevolent Mason. A time-traveling novel with its intricate layers of worldbuilding and multiple, chronological time-travel trips can make for an intimidating read for people with reading disabilities. With his own diagnosis of ASD and Dyslexia, Starnes is obviously well-versed with the difficulties faced by people with reading disabilities and thus, keeps the storyline ridiculously simple. His protagonists riotously journey through time as he efficiently moves it backward, forward—and freezes it in present. Laced with sly humor and witty dialogue, the engrossing time war between Ian and his companions and the villainous Mason plays out at a leisurely pace. The reader will welcome the entry of the new protagonist, the feisty Kenzie. Her sharp observations and fiery dialogues laced with sarcastic humor lighten the overall mood of the dark situation she finds herself in along with her young brother. Ian’s ability to welcome his old nemesis, the school bully Michael, brings a heartwarming feeling with its underlying message of the importance of forgiving and accepting others despite their weaknesses. The prologue for the next book makes the reader excited for the series as it sees the Council getting ready to assign three special messengers to make a correction to the timeline, introducing exciting new heroes and vicious villains with the promise of a madcap struggle between the good and the evil. With relatable characters and a straightforward handling of his protagonists’ time travel adventures, Starnes’s absorbing read offers a timely viewpoint on friendship, bullying, and family ties.
(Saving History Series Book 2)
By Robert Starnes
Starnes Books LLC
Pub date March 22, 2019
Price $9.81 (USD) Paperback, $2.12 Kindle edition
Categories: Science Fiction