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Rayen woke up in the middle of the desert near the Sandia Mountains with a sentient beast chasing her, and with no idea who she is or where she's from. Her survival instinct saved her from the beast, but not from the police who captured her together with the juvenile delinquents charged of theft. When proven guilt-free, they took her to the Byzantine Institute of Excellence where she met Tony and Gabby. Taking an old computer and rebuilding it into an AI or Artificial Intelligence unit for the Top Ten Project, the three of them got stuck inside the computer in a bizarre time travel warp and spit out from a transcender. From there begins the jam-packed adventure with mesmerizing twists and turns. Will they be able to return back to their original place and at the right time?
Silver Hawk Press LLC published the Time Trap: Red Moon Trilogy book 1 by Micah Caida on January 20, 2014. It is filed under the young adult genre with underlying themes of love, friendship, unity, heroism, good versus evil, leadership, judgement, survival, technology, magic, time travel, telepathy, loyalty, and trust. This science-meets-fantasy book is narrated in the first-person in Rayen's point of view.
The promising plot and the very descriptive world-building enabled me to follow the story by creating a video of the events in my mind. I would like to watch this story made into a movie. It's the strange words like TeKnati, MystiK, and the words in the glossary that slowed down my reading pace. The glossary provided the pronunciations only. The direct meaning and even a few information about those words are not stated in the glossary. They made me visit Mr. Google and the Thesaurus family many times. Some words used, are just the author's own inventions, so they left me comprehending them based on the further descriptions in the contents.
The characters are likable especially Rayen's. She is not a damsel-in-distress type, but a brave warrior with sporadic superpower. Gabby is into telepathy while Tony is a tech-savvy. All the characters are distinguishable and introduced one after another in a way that would not confuse the readers. The transition flow is in a constant standard pace with twists and turns that made the storyline very unpredictable. Random irregularly chopped sentences peppered in the contents give emphasis and sound like a radio drama narrations. For example, "Another room. This one metal. Round walls. Blinking red-orange light." However, the thoughts, questions in mind, and the telepathy were not italicized to differentiate from the narrations.
The ending of the book gives way to the next sequel. I wonder how the plot evolves in books 2 and 3, so I will definitely be glad to read all of them. A few edits on the grammar, lay-out, and more information on the words on its glossary are my improvement suggestions for this book in order to garner a perfect rating from me. I rate Time Trap: Red Moon Trilogy book 1 by Micah Caida 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to the young adults who are "Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" fans.
Time Trap: Red Moon Trilogy book 1
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