REVIEW: Time Switch by Matt Chamings

REVIEW: Time Switch by Matt ChamingsTime Switch by Matt Chamings
Published: Faber & Faber (2004), Paperback, 278pg
Genres: Fiction, Sci-fi

three-half-stars

Summary:

It is July 1879. In a hillside cemetery a small white coffin is lowered into the ground. Almost 125 years later, Jed Stokes starts to see the figure of a boy hanging around his house. As Jed explores further, his detective work takes him across the generations - and beyond the grave.

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I got Time Switch mostly because of the cover. It’s so pretty! And of course the story itself sounded terribly interesting– though I think it makes it sound like there are all sorts of ghosts running around, and there aren’t. But! It’s still a good read, and time travel is nearly always better than ghosts in my view, anyway.

So: no ghosts, but there is time travel and some awesome steampunkish science going on, and there are wonderful characters, an exciting plot, and a very satisfying ending.

Time Switch reminds me a lot of either that one Ghostwriter episode or an old BBC kids show, like Dark Season. It’s slightly creepy (that whole paradox thing), yet it’s also sweet with some ridiculous funny bits that lighten it up. I really liked the characters, especially Lizzie (strong female protagonist YAY) and the scientist who makes the time machine (I love me some scientists). There’s some exciting, tense, omg-what-will-happen-next moments that keep the book moving forward. And the ending is extremely happy, if somewhat mushy and emotional.

If you like stories about time travel, or about Victorians, or just want to have the feeling of watching a show from your childhood, try Time Switch.

Read: August 2009

5 thoughts on “REVIEW: Time Switch by Matt Chamings”

  1. I love time travel books, and am always keeping my eyes open for new titles. There was one that I read in my childhood that had something to do with the song Greensleaves, and I haven’t ever been able to figure out the title or track down the book. Maybe someday. 🙂

  2. Alyce – Are you thinking of Keeping Time? By Colby Rodowsky? I haven’t read it, but I’ve been wanting to, and I’m pretty sure the characters “Greensleeves” to go back and forth in time.

    I am so addicted to time travel books! Adding Time Switch to my list!

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