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TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (2010)

por Alex Scarrow

Séries: TimeRiders (2)

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With teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal on their first solo assignment for a secret agency, Liam is sent back in time to prevent the murder of the father of time travel by a terrorist group, but due to a nuclear accident, he ends up in the late cretaceous period where the biggest threat is not from the legendary tyrannosaur.… (mais)
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awesome. ( )
  hoyd | Dec 13, 2020 |
Após ter ficado maravilhada com o primeiro livro desta série, comecei o segundo com algumas reticências, nomeadamente quanto ao "tempo" que iria ser visitado. É que eu detesto dinossauros. Detesto. E a sinopse dizia-me que que era para lá que Liam ia viajar desta vez. Mesmo assim o primeiro livro tinha sido cativante o suficiente para desejar continuar a ler as aventuras de Liam, Maddy, Sal e a sua Unidade de Apoio.
Alex Scarrow estratificou o enredo de forma a ser algo mais do que "miúdos a fugir de dinossauros", alternando o sofrimento de Liam e Becks (a Unidade de Apoio é menina desta vez), com o de Maddy e Sal. Mas, melhor que tudo, foi termos um ponto de vista do vilão, o dinossauro-chefe.
Acabou por ser uma aventura bestial, com muitos momentos de acção mas também um livro mais maduro, tanto em termos de escrita como de desenvolvimento de personagens. Liam começa a sentir as primeiras pontadas da adolescência mas, simultaneamente os efeitos que as viagens no tempo têm nele. Maddy sente-se culpada pelo que aconteceu a Liam e sente o peso da responsabilidade.
O livro tem um cliffhanger magnífico mas do qual eu já desconfiava. No entanto vai ser interessante perceber como é que vai ser explicado.
Acho que Alex Scarrow consegue a mistura perfeita entre história e aventura e só lamento que a Civilização Editora tenha parado com a publicação desta série. Continuarei a ler as aventuras destes miúdos, a partir de agora, em inglês. ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
Un tome que j'ai trouvé plus entrainant que le premier, peut-être à cause de son côté 'Jurassic Park'. Une possible réflexion pour les enfants sur la part de hasard dans l'évolution et la notion d'histoire en général. Une chute que j'avais vue venir en tant qu'adulte qui apporte de nouveaux questionnements et incite à la lecture du prochain volume. ( )
  Musama | Jun 25, 2017 |
I read the first book in the series back in February and I loved it. However, now that I have read Day of the Predator, the second book in the series, I can honestly say that I have not been this excited about a series for a long time. As fas as anticipation for 'the next book' goes, I can compare it to how I feel about MG Harris' Joshua Files series and how I felt about the Percy Jackson books. And with Alex Scarrow having signed a nine book deal with Puffin I am looking forward to reliving this feeling a good number of times over the next few years. If he can maintain the quality over the whole series then Alex Scarrow will become as widely read as Riordan, Horowitz and Higson.

In the first book in the series we saw the recruitment of the TimeRiders team, three young people plucked from the jaws of death by the mysterious Foster. The story then saw our young heroes battling to reset time after a group of men travel back in time in order to change it, as they feel their 2066 world has become ruined by over-population, pollution and religious conflict. Their solution? Help Adolf Hitler to win the Second World War. This book encouraged the reader to question the morality of the actions of these men - if making a change in history will make the future world a better place then should this be seen as ethically acceptable? For me this was a stand out element of the first book, although in some ways it did overshadow some of the character development.

Day of the Predators is a very different set up. This time our heroes are tasked with going forward in time to prevent the assassination of a boy who will eventually develop the mathematical theories that will become the cornerstone of time travel development. However, as the result of an accident Liam O'Connor, the team's field agent, his genetically engineered 'bodyguard', and a school party of teenagers find themselves stranded sixty-five million years in the past, at a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and Liam has to be constantly reminded that every single action, however small, could have a disastrous effect on the future time line.

This is not a new concept in literature; I first read something similar in a comic strip many years ago (I think it was an epidode of Tharg's Future Shocks in 2000AD), and then later in Ray Bradbury's short story "A Sound of Thunder", but Alex Scarrow is delivering it to a totally new audience and in such a way that he will have these young adults hanging on his every word. In Day of the Predator Liam has to make some very difficult choices - if they stay and try to survive the consequences could damage the future, but then again so could their attempts to in some way send a message that the rest of the team will be able to retrieve in 2001, 65 million years later! All these questions and more will have readers constantly asking themselves "What if...?" and "but if they do that...?".

The nature of Liam's role in the team as field agent means that yet again his character is developed more than those of others. After all, it is Liam who is facing deadly predators in a world that is totally alien to that which he is used to. However, in the absence of Foster the role of team leader and chief strategist now falls on the relatively young shoulders of Maddy Carter. This is not a role that she takes on willingly, especially as she blames herself for the accident that has sent Liam hurtling back in time, and she is plagued with self-doubt. However, as the plot develops we also see Maddy gradually settling into this key role, making decisions that could impact not only on Liam's life but also on the lives of generations to come. We also see her agonising over the secrets she holds from the others, information that was imparted to her by Foster before he walked out of their lives at the end of the first book. Sal Vikram, the third member of the team, is still relegated to third place, with her role being largely a supporting one, with occasional flashes of briliance. Hopefully we will see more from Sal in the future.

The fourth character in the book is Bob, or Becks as he/she/it becomes in Day of the Predator. Bob's AI chip, rescued from its organic 'meat robot' form, is now inserted into the brain of a freshly 'grown' body, in order that Liam has a companion in his travels through time. The relationship between Liam and the newly formed Becks is a confusing one for the young Irish lad, and this confusion in his mind grows as together they face the dangers of Cretaceous USA. Becks also has to deal with the competing issues of her programmed Mission Priorities and her realisation that she is slowly developing traits that could almost be described as human. Should she proceed with the mission recommendations that her central processor is computing, or should she make allowances for the fact that she has cpmputed that she 'likes' Liam?

In reviews for books like this there are many cliched phrases uses, phrases such as "high octane", "nail-biting" and "a real page-turner". Howeer, I guarantee that every single one of these phrases, cliched though they may be, is entirely justified in any review about this book. If you have boys who are 12 and are reluctant readers then buy them these two books before you go on holiday this summer, 'accidentally' leave the charger for their PSP/Nintendo DS/etc at home and maybe, just maybe, these could be the books to convert them to reading for enjoyment. If these books don't manage to get boys reading then there is little else that will. ( )
  book_zone | Apr 1, 2013 |
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With teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal on their first solo assignment for a secret agency, Liam is sent back in time to prevent the murder of the father of time travel by a terrorist group, but due to a nuclear accident, he ends up in the late cretaceous period where the biggest threat is not from the legendary tyrannosaur.

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Liam O'Connor deveria ter morrido no mar em 1912.
Maddy Carter deveria ter morrido num avião em 2010.
Sal Vikram deveria ter morrido num incêndio em 2026.
Mas foi-lhes dada uma segunda oportunidade – trabalhar para uma agência secreta cujo único propósito é evitar que as viagens no tempo alterem o curso da história…
Quando Maddy abre, por engano, uma janela no tempo onde e quando não deveria, Liam viaja sessenta e cinco milhões de anos para o passado, e é abandonado no território de caça de uma mortífera, e até ali desconhecida, espécie de predador.
Conseguirá Liam contactar Maddy e Sal antes de ser destruído pelas criaturas e sem prejudicar a história de tal forma que o planeta seja tomado por uma nova e assustadora realidade?
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