by Ali Sparkes
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Category: Fantasy / Sci Fi
Personal Evaluation: I love time travel books. I am so completely fascinated by the concept and have read tons of them. I love how different they all are in one aspect or another and how authors can be so sure that their way is how it would really happen – like in The Time Traveler’s Wife, that of course he couldn’t take any money with him, or in Back to the Future that of course he can have an impact on the future and maybe even prevent himself from being born. There are so many unknowns that it’s really fun to see how someone else would interpret the consequences of every little thing. Disclaimer: While this isn’t strictly time travel, it may as well be for how different the world is that Polly and Freddy wake up in. I was pretty anxious the whole time I was reading about the underground vault, sure that Rachel and Ben would be shut in it too.
What might interest children: I liked that Polly and Freddy are from the same time period that my parents grew up in. Possibly for kids today that is their grandparents, so maybe that would be interesting to them and spark some inter-generational conversations. I think kids would like reading about their own lifestyles under a magnifying glass to people who are alien to it. The kids are also British, which adds an extra layer of outsider-ness to it for American kids. And of course the cryogenics, and the mystery of what happened to Freddy and Polly, are gripping.