This might be Hautman's most daring book yet. Throughout, Hautman raises significant issues concerning family, faith, and destiny. Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time travel framework (including dispatches from the far future), and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next book.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale… Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This fast-paced opener to the Klaatu Diskos trilogy will satiate adventure seekers, and the refined brain candy will be delicious to more thoughtful readers… Tantalizing.
—Booklist (starred review)
Hautman describes the series as what he would have liked to have read as a teen, and he's got that right; with its blend of unpredictable past and future time travel, action sequences, exotic weaponry, mysterious villains, and an emergent band of unlikely allies, this will appeal to sci-fi oriented kids with gaming sensibilities.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The first of a planned trilogy plants Tucker and his family in a religious and ideological battle across time, hinting at intriguing developments to come. Grounded in historical events, Hautman's novel projects our own "interesting times" into an even more frightening yet fascinating future.
—The Horn Book
Hautman has created a vivid and intricate world that bridges the present to the past with the possibilities of science fiction.
This first book in a planned trilogy is a briskly paced time travel adventure. There is plenty of action and mystery to keep the audience engaged as well as ample thought-provoking material for more serious readers to contemplate.
—Library Media Connection
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