Stuck in the Past

Young Adult - Adventure
310 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2018
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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite

Stuck in the Past, by Gregory Saur and Jack Irish, is a time travel adventure filled with mystery. The main character, Jonathan Banks, lives with his uncle and is a sophomore in school. He has much to live up to, which is why he is determined to impress at the science fair. After all, he has a legacy to keep up since his parents were both accomplished scientists before they died in a lab explosion. Knowing little about what actually happened, he also hoped his project would bring some answers about the past. Unfortunately, when his plans go awry, he might end up finding more than just answers.

While Stuck in the Past is about time travel, a well-worn trope, Gregory Saur and Jack Irish do a great job of approaching it with fresh ideas. The story is creative, with rich writing and distinct characters. I particularly like how Jon grows in his appreciation of history as he learns the difference between what people think is historically accurate and what really happened. Jon’s adventure through the past is filled with surprises and plenty of action, leading him and others into dangerous twists as they try to survive while avoiding changing the time line. Stuck in the Past reminds me of Doctor Who in the way it uses the past to move the story along. I enjoyed Jon’s plight and his sojourn through various parts of history as he sorts out his family’s history and who was behind his troubles. I recommend this book to anyone who likes twists and turns in their stories.