“I originally picked up Epoch because I met Timothy Carter at Polaris and I could have it autographed. As a result, it took me a while to get around to reading it. When I did, I was sorry for two reasons. One, I was sorry I hadn't read it sooner, and two, I was sorry I was finished because it was so much fun. I can't think of a book that has made me laugh more. The lead character is likable but in no way sickly sweet. The conflict is solid, but Tim manages to make the situations that spring from that conflict both logical and hilarious. This is probably the best young adult novel I have ever read. Yes, I am including books about boy wizards I enjoyed in my comparison.
Along with being a load of fun the book also points out the real danger of religious extremism and the whole one true and only right way mentality. It even takes a shot at certain retail outlets with a less then stellar reputation.
If you haven't read Epoch, you should treat yourself. If you have, watch out for flying red basketballs with lots of teeth. This is a great one for youth and adults and would make great fodder for a family read aloud in the evening with your preteens and teens.
“This was a really good book.”Brooke wrote this review Saturday, July 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very...interesting...book. The end of the world is coming, and someone has to save the people. No, the world isn't going to be saved. It's done for, that is certain. But the people may have a chance.
It was actually pretty funny, but a bit slow. ”
“i think this book was very good, had a surprising twist at the end (though it is very obvious once you read the conclusion)”Alex R wrote this review Monday, June 29, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's OK but saying that, I'm not sure I'll finish it. You should never liken yourself to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy if you are not that funny. It had a good premise, it could have been a lot better.”angela m wrote this review Monday, June 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“kind of mediocre. it had its funny moments but it seemed to try to take on the humor motif of "the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" and it didn't succeed very well. it was amusing enough which is why i gave it three stars and not two, and it read very quickly (finished it in a couple of hours) but the characterization and plot line were upstaged by the weak writing that attempted a slapstick humor. for a silly read, it's cute enough, but i wouldn't recommend it for someone who enjoys good characters and a developed storyline.”Anita W wrote this review Monday, July 28, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No