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Reviewed by Lexie Fox for Readers' Favorite
Out of Time is a work of fiction in the fantasy, and science-fiction genres. It is suitable for all audiences, although it is aimed at children and younger audiences. Penned by Mark Golding, Out of Time is a delightful and imaginative adventure story that sweeps readers into a thrilling journey through time and space. The story follows the life of Joe Jackson, a curious and adventurous twelve-year-old living in the unremarkable English town of Highcross. Little does he know that his life is about to take an extraordinary turn when he stumbles upon the site of an unexploded World War II bomb. The catalyst for Joe's incredible journey is the unexpected arrival of Max, an extra-terrestrial hailing from the distant planet Proxima Centauri b. Their newfound friendship opens the door to a world of boundless possibilities as they, along with their friends, embark on a daring adventure to protect planet Earth from the nefarious ambitions of Dardan.
Out of Time explores themes of friendship, courage, and how the past, present, and future are interconnected. It would be remiss of me not to start by touching on the beautiful illustrations scattered throughout the book, which capture the feel of the story perfectly, enhancing the overall reading experience. Author Mark Golding has an incredible talent for creating enchanting characters, which we see most especially in protagonist Joe Jackson. Readers will quickly become emotionally invested in his journey as he faces the challenges of protecting his home planet. The camaraderie between Joe, Max, and their friends Mo and the Robinsons adds depth to the story, making it relatable and moving. We are taken on a rollercoaster ride through time, where we encounter dinosaurs, Roman legionaries, and medieval knights. These historical encounters are vividly described and provide a rich backdrop for the gripping plot. Out of Time is a captivating blend of adventure, science fiction, and history, making it a perfect read for children, and anyone who enjoys an absorbing and imaginative tale. The narrative is filled with suspense, humor, and heart, making it an engaging page-turner that readers will struggle to put down. I highly recommend this book.