Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Review: Caught in a Moment by Martin Dukes

Title: Caught in a Moment
Author: Martin Dukes
Source: Author
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: June 2012

Tell Me About It
Caught in a Moment is the story of Alex Trueman, a teenager who daydreams himself unwittingly into the strange world of Intersticia. This is a world outside of ordinary time, that exists in the slender intervals between instants. From Alex's point of view the world around him freezes into immobility. At first it seems the he alone is free to wander the hushed streets with their motionless cars and people. But he is not alone. Alex soon discovers that he shares the world with others. There are a few dozen fellow daydreamers who share his fate. There is plump, bespectacled Will, pretty brunette Kelly, and the rebellious outcast Paulo. Presiding over them all is the enigmatic Ganymede, and irascible vagrant who distributes food to his dependents and sets them perverse tasks to perform in return.

Alex soon finds that he has rare skills in Intersticia. Most uniquely he can affect the motionless world of 'Statica' around them. He can open doors, help himself to food, and move objects. But this forbidden activity soon sets him on a collision course with Ganymede in which the very existence of Intersticia is put at risk.

My thoughts
We have all had ideas of what we would do if we could freeze time, finishing off the last school essay, catching the bus on time, even getting that bit extra in bed.  When Alex discovers he has the ability to do just that when he daydreams, he goes through some hilarious ways to prove it to his friend, which mainly invoke getting back at the bully who plagues his school life.  But soon he finds its not all fun and games when he literally gets Stuck in a Moment, and can't make time start again. Scared and worried he makes his way home and bumps into other daydreamers like himself. Alex must find a way to traverse his new surroundings with Will, Kelly and Paulo, without risking the wrath of Ganymede.

When I initially began reading Caught in a Moment I found it hard to relate to the characters and found myself struggling to read it. After putting it down and reading another book I came back to pick up where I left off and soon found myself engrossed within the pages.

The story telling by Martin Dukes was unique and completely different to anything I have read. As the story progressed, while I wouldn't say I felt any closer to the characters, the storyline itself kept me entertained and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen, not only with Alex, but with Kelly, Paulo and the rest of his new friends.  The world that Alex now lives in is full of interesting things, with rules about what is and isn't allowed, and while having the ability to stop time sounds interesting, after reading Caught in a Moment, I seriously doubt it would be as fun as I imagined it to be.  Caught in a Moment was an enjoyable read that once it had hold of me kept me wanting more.

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