Synopsis: Two kids stumble upon a science experiment that transports them across time, and they find they are stuck between the 18th and 21st centuries. They learn how the 18th century can be a very dangerous place, but with the help of good friends they may survive the pursuits of villains who want to exploit them and the technology that brought them through time. Across the trilogy, they learn what special abilities time travel has created for them, and how that can help them when they really need it. What part of modern life would you miss most? What would it be like for someone from 1763 to live today? Just how bad could it get if someone evil and power-hungry could go back and change key moments in history? Find out in this incredible series.
Why kids would like this book: This book is exciting, and has a lot of twists and turns that you will love. This book contains edge of your seat moments where you can’t stop reading. If you’re reading this at night, it’ll make you say: “Just 5 more minutes, mom!”
Why adults would like this book: Ok, maybe you are saying to yourself right now, “a time travel book–how cliché!” I hear ya, and I hate predictable story lines, but this series was so riveting that I LOVED it! Each book took the story in a new direction while trying to answer the main question of whether our heroes will ever make it home to the world and families they left behind. Book one made me see life in the 18th century in a whole new way while I was trying to catch my breath between all the action. Book two shows what could happen if someone from 1763 was thrust into modern city life…..and what trouble they can cause if they are EVIL! Book three plays with what disastrous consequences come from changing the past. The author creates some very relatable and believable main characters that you want to hug and slap at the same time! ….and the ways that the main characters deal with the voluntary and involuntary ways they can play with time is INGENIOUS and very entertaining. …and the way that key plot twists can rip your heart out or make you want to scream. Did I say that I LOVED these books already??
Miranda’s rating: book 1: 9 book 2: 10 book 3: 8
Todd’s rating: 10 of 10 (For books 1 and 2, but maybe an 8 for book 3 just because it got a little chaotic toward the end.) These three are probably my favorite books from the last year. Miranda and I would seriously hide the books from each other so we could read without the other stealing them!!
Miranda’s favorite character: Anjali. When my dad and I first read about her in book 2, my dad said: “It’s the girl with the dragon tattoo!”. She’s sneaky, she has a good sense of humor, and it’s always funny to read about how she deals with the Tar Man.
Todd’s favorite character: The adult version of Peter in book 2. It was so cool to see how someone would become a man in an entirely set of circumstances, and what selfless steps he took from across time for his family’s emotional and physical well-being.
Miranda’s Favorite Part of the Book: Fast forwarding sequences. They’re kind of funny!
Todd’s Favorite Part of the Book: This is really tough……the climax at the end of book one, or any of the “fast forward” sequences in book two.
Miranda’s recommended age groups for this book: 8+. These are pretty big books, but each one is packed with action and adventure.
Have you read the Gideon Trilogy, and what did you think? What other books involving time travel do the kids or adults in your home love?