Genre: Sci-fi/historical/time travel.
“Josh has spent the last 17 years trying to stay out of trouble and has failed miserably – one more strike, and he’s going to prison. His mum is sick, and they’re deep in debt to a local gang – there’s nothing left to sell except for the TV, and that’s the only thing keeping her sane.
Desperate, he breaks into the house of the local eccentric, the Colonel, and his life changes forever. Josh stumbles into the hidden world of the Oblivion Order, a secret organisation of time travellers sworn to protect the future by altering the past.
Moving back through time using ancient artefacts, Josh encounters extinction curators, memory vampires, houses with rooms in different centuries and Caitlin, a beautiful librarian who teaches him about the past and shows him a future he never dreamed he could have.”
I have completely forgotten how I came by this book, I’ve bought that many this month. However it ended up in my e-reader one way or another and I’m so glad it did. Time travel mysteries so often begin in dusty libraries where a highly educated scholar stumbles across a forgotten, magical artefact that whisks them into a lengthy adventure in the far-flung past. I am so happy to say that Anachronist doesn’t adhere to the time-travel stereotypes.
Joshua Jones is a seventeen year old boy who has made some bad life choices. From joy-riding to theft, he is has been getting on the wrong side of the law since he was twelve. With a chronically ill mother and no way to pay the bills, Josh breaks into the house of a mad colonel in the hope of finding something to pay back his criminal associates a debt he owes. After accidentally flinging himself back into the heart of World War Two, Josh is sucked into the world of the time travellers.
Josh comes from a world I have never experienced: working class London, and associated with other criminals more lacking life opportunities and privilege than a moral compass. But it really didn’t take long to connect with him, and start rooting for him.
Luckily, Josh is as confused about the complexity of time travel as we are, so we learn with him all about the technology and rules of the time travelling organisation. I was surprised with the detail with which the world of the time travellers was constructed. Not only is there are time travel school, but several time travelling games with strict rules, and even then they can get themselves into quite a bit of trouble – as Josh and his friend Caitlin found out.
The stakes and tension in Anachronist were so high, it felt uncomfortable to put this book down even for a second. The antagonist, Lenin, is so unstable that he makes for a really unpredictable bad guy, and we aren’t able to foresee the path of the plot. As such, there are plenty of twists to keep us engaged.
But, and this is a big but, I cannot forgive the author for one crucial reason. Anachronist ends on the MOTHER of all cliffhangers and I am devastated! Luckily, the trilogy is already complete and I can go and grab the next one and find out what happens but that is so not cool, Mr Hastie!
All in all, this was a fantastic book that I enjoyed in a whole new dimension of reading and I really can’t wait to get stuck into book two: Maelstrom.
I highly recommend Anachronist to fans of science fiction, time travel, and historical books, it really is a treat! Anachronist is available in e-book and paperback formats on Amazon. Author Andrew Hastie is also available to follow on Amazon, and after looking at his newly released series, I recommend that too!
Fin gives this time travel adventure The Secret Library stamp of approval!
Want more time travel books? Check out The Secret Library’s review of Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery by Monique Martin!
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