The Island of Time

The Island of Time by Matthew DeBettencourt is a good book for younger teens. It’s a time-traveling murder mystery with A LOT of different characters spanning many centuries. The author did a good job telling the story through multiple time periods without making things overly complicated.

The book starts out roughly 300 years in the future and it was refreshing to read a story where humanity hadn’t nuked itself, succumbed to some unstoppable strain of virus, or been decimated by an advanced alien life form. Instead, many nations were working together, thriving, and making scientific advances. Imagine that. Go world!

I liked reading about all the futuristic inventions the author cooked up. Speaking of cooked up (yes, I used a bad pun as a transition), the detectives tasked with solving the murder all had dessert nicknames: Vanilla, Strawberry, Caramel, etc. I thought this was very clever, but it also made me very hungry. The Island of Time– official sponsor of Baskin Robbins.

As the plot progressed and the setting changed to a different time period, more clues about the murder were revealed across different planes of time and an open-and-shut murder case suddenly wasn’t so straightforward for the detectives.

The pacing of this book was a bit slow as the author brought different characters into the story and quite literally described a lot of world–well, actually, island-building, but the imaginative ideas throughout kept me interested.

I have two copies of The Island of Time to give away. In the near future (see what I did there?) I will post a status about this book on the Atomic Aardvark Facebook Page. Find that status and comment with any phrase with the word “time” in it. I’ll PM the first two commenters a code for a FREE Kindle eBook copy of The Island of Time.

For more info about the book, visit the Island Series Website and Island of Time Facebook Page.

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