Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis
If you like: teens * time travel * coincidence
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis tells the story of a group of students who become Timekeepers while being punished for their involvement in a food fight at school. This Breakfast-Club-esque group of students are joined by two adults on their quest to save all of time. While doing yard work they discover a mysterious arch that takes them through time to Atlantis where they meet Lilith, the guardian of the arch. They learn they are the last of the Timekeepers and they must travel through time and unravel obscure clues in order to preserve history as we know it.
This is not one of those YA books that transcends its demographic. The story itself is fun, but very juvenile. One issue is the non-stop name calling and brawling between the students. Though funny at first, it gives the impression that near death experiences do nothing to improve their connection with each other. They call each other "douche" an average of every eleven pages, and the slightest disagreement leads to physical altercations. Additionally, any reader with an analytical mind will wonder how the guardians expect their Timekeepers to succeed with anything beyond dumb luck. They do not have any methods of preparation for their travels, and do not disguise their modern appearance upon arrival. Since there are no prerequisites to becoming a guardian, the Magi place a lot of faith in a group of teens being intensely familiar with all of human history.
The Last Timekeepers does provide a fun break from the modern world. The discovery of the arch is an amusing puzzle to solve. The first trip through time will stimulate your senses -- Ledwith makes the trip to Atlantis very alluring. Readers with the slightest familiarity with Robin Hood will also enjoy the multitude of discreet intimations to the lore. Being a Timekeeper would be an excellent adventure for any teen. The ability to communicate in any language, solve mysteries, and shape history, all without aging a second, would be an unbelievable opportunity.
If you can feel the vibrations of time pulling you toward the past, read The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis.
Ledwith, Sharon. The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. Lancaster: Musa Publishing, 2012. Kindle Edition.