Time Shards (Book 1)
by Dona Fredsti & David Fitzgerald
“It’s called ‘The Event’, an unimaginable cataclysm that shatters 600 million years of the Earth’s timeline.
Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remains of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of ‘shards’. Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape.
A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.”
I got a press release from Titan Books about Time Shards, and I instantly intrigued although I do not normally go for sci-fi.
People are going about their normal lives, when they see a brilliant light and hear an horrific noise. The world shatters and is reformed, shards of time mixed with a barren landscape. Amber is left in a dry riverbed and she decides to walk back to Romford through the grass, she is rescued by Blake who takes charge of what they should do and where they should go, but everything is different and survival becomes very important.
I really did not know what to expect as I have not read a book anything like this before, but I was surprised at how quickly I got into it and I really enjoyed it. I went through a lot of emotions, and some of my colleagues were laughing at me for the horror on my face at one point.
My favourite part has to be once Amber is in London and when the action gets moving a bit quicker. Once I got into it, I was hooked. I loved all the different timelines merging into one and how people from different times can actually work together. I really enjoyed the parts as time split and we saw famous people throughout history seeing the Event.
My favourite characters have to be Amber and Cam, along with Alex, Merlin and Nell. I loved how each was different like a ‘normal’ book but they were also so perfect for the time period that they came from, and how they were shocked at different things like victorians being shocked at new technology.
Time Shards does end on a cliffhanger, that it is because it is the first in a trilogy, unfortunately we do not know a title or release date for the second book yet.
While reading this book, I described it as pieces of time coming together and people trying to work out what has happened. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults. 4 out of 5.