Finn Mallory has his life turned upside down when he and his parents are in a horrific car accident. His parents die but he survives, with some cuts and scrapes, a minor broken bone, but a tonne of guilt upon him, as he feels that the accident was his own fault. One of the last things his parents did for him before the accident was enter him for a scholarship at an elite boarding school, wanting to give him the best possible life. When he gets offered the place, he takes it to honour their memory, despite not wanting to go.

When he gets there he soon realises he is seen as an ‘unfortunate’. He is the odd one out among a never ending crowd of super rich kids. These kids immediately begin to pick on him, mocking him for where he is from, his choice in clothing and his lack of social standing. He is saved by an invitation to join the history club. It sounds boring, but the head of the school makes it sound less than mandatory to join. Once Finn gets there he realises the most popular and beautiful girl in the school is a member, so he thinks he can tolerate it.

However, once the professor who runs the club explains what exactly the club really does, Finn soon realises he is in for much more than he expected.

This was a super fun, fast and easy read. I enjoyed the concept, as far fetched as it was. We will put aside how the logistics of keeping such equipment and training secret on a school campus works, as we are taking into account that we are reading about a time travel club. The story was engaging, the characters had some good diversity, and the challenges were interesting. There could have been some more depth in the trials themselves, with a bit more of the history in the locations and more detail around the trial and the team completing it to flesh the story out and give it a bit more of a sense of completion, rather than the focus on the relationships. But overall a good read and am looking forward to the second book.

*I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are my own.

Book Review: The Time Trials by Jon and Dayna McConnell

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