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Caught in a Moment

(The Alex Trueman Chronicles #1)

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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 that he alone is free to wander the hushed streets with ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 261 pages
Published June 2012 by Parola Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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There is a curious collection of short stories - well, I remember it as curious - by Brian Caswell, called A Dream of Stars. One of the stories in that collection is about a person who discovers that he or she (it's been a while) can stop time, at will, and re-start it again. He or she uses this unique ability to make quite a bit of money, as you can imagine. But one day! He or she meets a person who is unaffected by his or her powers and who objects to his or her use of his or her abilities for ...more
Lindsay
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Caught in a Moment was written as a young adult story; however, I never for one moment felt like the subject matter, the characters, or the story line were too juvenile for me. I enjoyed the plot line immensely and felt connected to the characters through out the entire story. From beginning to end, this book was incredibly entertaining and I found myself looking for more. The only hope I would have as an adult, would be to see the characters grow and form adult, mature relationships and attachm ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the paperback as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

I admit that I have a thing for books that involve/focus on varied use of time, whether it’s stopping it or backtracking etc. So when I saw this book in a goodreads giveaway I just had to have it! Then goodreads decided to be a pain in the ass and give it to someone else, but all was not lost because after chatting to Martin Dukes I have my very own signed copy! (I have now forgiven goodreads).

It is e
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Charlotte
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Imagine if when you were idly daydreaming you suddenly realized that everything around you had stopped. That you were now caught in a time between moments.
This is the world that Martin Dukes creates.
Alex Trueman is a 15 year old boy who ends up in this moment. The existence he finds is surreal and full of oddities. Who knew that manatees could fly.
I will be honest this book wasn’t an easy read .I spent the first few pages unsure of whether I was going to like it or not. Dukes is not shy about s
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Tricia Kristufek
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
"I don't runner bean believe it. We're like Robin turnip Hood or something."

Alex Trueman finds himself with a very unusual ability--he can daydream himself between time. What starts as a harmless wandering, pulling pranks on his classmates, turns into something more when he gets stuck in Intersticia. Alex learns he's not alone in this daydream and there are rules that must be followed or all of the inhabitants of Intersticia will be at risk.

This delightfully fresh tale follows Alex as he strugg
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John Scott
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if time stood still? For fifteen year old Alex Trueman, this is exactly what happens. Dukes wastes no time in introducing Alex's amazing ability, leading us into his first brief 'moment', just a couple of pages in. In the first two chapters, Alex has fun with this new ability, exacting comical revenge on the school bullies, although he begins to realise that getting time going again isn't quite as easy; and by chapter three, he is 'caught in a moment'...

The world of Intersticia
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Carrie Kilgore
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable adventure into a strange place... A daydreaming teen gets far more than he bargained for when he steps outside normal time. The world he discovers is based on a dandy premise that is both intriguing and fun. The characters are believable, relationships plausible, and personal developments understandable. Some nice twists and turns force the central character (Alex) to repeatedly revise his thinking, and the ending sequence is both thrilling and satisfying. Good solid writing ...more
Oezay
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you making connections group and Martin dukes for providing me with this free copy to review.

i absolutely loved this book, from the idea of getting stuck in between time to the atmosphere that is created while you read it. The author takes us on a journey through the mind of our protagonist Alex Trueman, who looks quite average but will go to any length to protect his friends.
This book aims to make you a part of that world, with vivid descriptions that make your imagination fly. People who
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Linda Todd
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: got
I would give this book more star ratings but it only gives you 5 so what I'am saying is I really liked this book the thing Alex can do the disassociation think where he goes some were else I know a bit about that as I can do that myself at the drop of a hat and my kids tell me off for it & another thing is that my kids like the book to and want me to read the book for them at bed time and there is not a lot of books that I can say they would want me to read so that in its self is a very good ...more
Karlie
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-purchase
A quick read of an entirely new idea for a story. As a result everything felt fresh. Geared maybe more towards a young adult novel? I will read the sequels and hopefully find them fresh too. This isn't an amazing "oh my you Have to read it" book but was a welcomed change of pace and i recommend it to my friends with a little sci fi flare. It has been awhile since I found a book that I hated putting down due to its non predictability. Note: It was free on Amazon when I got it.
update....tried the
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Wendy
"Caught In A Moment" blends time-travel, science-fiction, and adventure with a dash of mystery into a riveting tale for teens and young adults. It begins when Alex Trueman, a fifteen year old who's bullied at school fantasizes in class to break his boredom and anxiety, only to discover he can freeze time. But soon he learns that his daydreams are more potent than he ever expected when his town of Cardenbridge is frozen in time and he's swept away to Intersticia. Freaked out, Alex sidesteps immob ...more
Becky
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was contacted by the author and sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I actually had this book sitting on my pile for about a month, it came through but what with doing NaNoWriMo and some blog tours it got neglected (sorry Martin!) As December came through and I had completed my NaNo, i picked this up. I will admit, I like the clocks on the cover but the colours don't stand out much and the angel statue on the front reminds me a bit of the crying angels from Doctor Who whi
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Rob Slaven
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, sci-fi
Firstly and as is typical it must be noted that I didn't pay for this book; the author approached me about it on GoodReads and asked me for an opinion. Despite the kindness of a free book I give my candid opinions below. Also, since this is a children's book it should be noted that I approach the review from a different viewpoint, focusing on appropriateness for young readers and general coherence and execution.

On the question of appropriateness for young readers, this book has done marvelously.
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Catherine (The Book Parade)
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at The Book Parade

The first thing that struck me, from the very moment I began reading Caught In A Moment, was Martin Dukes’ writing style. I’m not quite sure what it was about it exactly, but there was something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. There was a kind of fluidity to the way the words seemed to roll off the page effortlessly, weaving together a story that was very easy and enjoyable to read.

What caught my attention about this book was the uniquely intriguing
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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Okay, that was totally awesome. Seriously. When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect, because it seemed like it might be some kind of odd science fiction. But when I got about thirty pages in, I realized that it is nothing like what I first assumed.

For one, it's more of a modern day fantasy novel. Every bit of this book just screams fantasy, but not in a (as my dad would say) unicorns and rainbow farts kind of way. It d
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Star
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alex Trueman daydreams a lot, which brings him into the world of Intersticia. Intersticia exists only in the small moments between time. While he is there he is not allowed to interact with Statica which the “normal” world, where everything appears to be frozen. Alex finds the others who exist in this sector of Intersticia and as he learns the inner workings he discovers he may have the power to make a small change which results in a different outcome for some Intersticians.

‘Caught in a Moment’
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Claire
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this were an adult novel, I would likely have given it three stars, rather than four. However, as a young adult book, it truly ranks as excellent. In addition to a likeable protagonist, the world created by author Martin Dukes is interesting and believable, despite the unlikely hook of people existing in interstices of time apart from the real world.

Alex Trueman is the hero of the story. A high school student who has been bullied, he discovers that he remains active while the world around him
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Rebekah Johnson
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First off I should state that I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

And I have to say that I'm very glad that I did. The book is a wonderfully crafted tale of twists and turns that just hooked me and had me keen to know exactly what would happen next.

The lead character, Alex Trueman, is a daydreaming teen who finds himself trapped in a single moment in time, with only the few other that are similarly caught for company. Alex is a great character with plenty of depth and a p
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Sarah
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tossed, ebook
Alex Trueman daydreamed his way in to Sticia; a place between one moment and the next. To him, everything is frozen and he is stuck in a place that makes little sense to him. He wants to make it back into "The Real World" before Cactus Jack gets to him, but he also has to tries to understand and change things for the better.
Heather
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good story and easy to read. Very different though.
Jason Hicks
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2017, young-adult
This book has some problems–it was self published–but I really did enjoy it. The ending was great and full of action!

The author seems to be a bit inexperienced in that there was little development for some of the main characters (Will, Kelly... how have they changed by the end?), there were instances where some happenings seemed to be contradictory to the rest of the story (ex. characters getting hungry when they are frozen in time but having no bowel movements), and the layout of the book was
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Jason H
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
*****I received this book for free as a Goodreads Giveaway*****

Caught in a Moment is ostensibly a YA novel about a high school kid that ends up in a secret world that exists between moments in time. It features some absurdist fantasy elements, but mostly feels set in the normal world (a la Harry Potter). It's firmly British, using features and language that keeps it rooted on the island there. It's the first in a series, but works well enough as a solo book.

I think this was the author's debut no
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Reviewed by Nina.

This book was asked to be read and reviewed by the author. I was lucky enough to be provided with a printed copy, which I think was amazing.

I liked by the synopsis that it had to do with parallel worlds. I haven't read a book like that for a long time and I instantly felt curious. The characters, even though young, were nice enough and I liked that they weren't stupid or too scared to do nothing. There are all different, so you can possibly relate with them. I, personally, could
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Ned Gill
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Considering the fact that I do know the writer first hand (He's my ex-art teacher) I warn you this review may be biased.
First we shall start with the cover highly Photoshop(That is not a bad thing) and although it diverts your attention towards it then over once all the images have been taken in seems a bit busy with things there and other things there.There is an angel on the front I must not blinkOverall not a bad cover

The book title screamed Vampires *SPOILERS* There were none however the mai
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
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. S ...more
Julie
I started reading time travel novels this summer, and this book caught my eye. It's not really a time travel story. It's more of a time stopped story. I liked it even though I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concepts. It's one of those books with an unbelievable plot, but it's understandable to the reader. It's just difficult to describe it to others without it sounding ridiculous.
Bekki
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnfs
I don't have a lot to say about this book. It didn't thrill me, it drew me in just enough to keep me reading for a couple more pages, with quite long stints in between of dull over-description. I think this book would be better suited for a boy around 13. I personally couldn't find any of the characters relatable and that made it really hard for me to read about them. Overall, not an awful book, but definitely not for me.
Zebbydog
rated it liked it
Jul 31, 2014
Becky
rated it it was ok
Oct 06, 2015
Mia Redgrave
rated it it was amazing
Nov 25, 2013
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