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The Children Who Time Lost

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
What happened to the children?

The year is 2043, and humans have been mysteriously unable to reproduce for almost thirty years. To prevent panic and keep the population from dwindling to nothing, global authorities offer a Lotto, where a few winners each week can enter a time portal and bring back adopted children from the future. They’re never allowed to talk about what th
Paperback, 518 pages
Published October 25th 2013 by Corinthians Publishing (first published October 23rd 2013)
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1.5 stars

Wow. This was awful.
Underneath all of it, I think there was a glimmer of a really good sci-fi story. It was just buried under plot holes, annoying characters, and unrealistic actions.
I kept thinking, "If I can just finish this, it might make sense.".
The ending was just as awkward as the rest of the book.

I'm not going to go into the plot too much, but the main themes are alien conspiracy and time-travel.
Rachel is a celebrity in the future because she managed to get pregnant and ha
Nicole Hewitt
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Children Who Time Lost is a unique sci-fi thriller, full of action and intrigue!

The negatives:

Not far enough in the future?
It seemed odd to me that a good portion of the book took place only 30 years in the future and yet so many things had changed. One of the biggest changes was flying cars - I just can't see that, in the span of thirty years, not only would flying cars have been invented, but the infrastructu
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Per FTC regulations, this review is for the novel The Children Who Time Lost by Marvin Amazon was received for free in a First Read Giveaway.

The Children Who Time Lost is the story of Rachel Harris, the only woman who has been able to reproduce a child naturally in the last 30 years. Set in the year 2043, Rachel is celebrated for this birth, but after her daughter is killed in a tragic accident, Rachel’s husband signs up for The Lotto. This lotto is for the privilege of traveling t
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded to 4 because there were so many interesting things.

I don't normally venture into reading straight sci-fi. I may read something that has bits of it in the story, but more often than not, I generally just don't read it because I find it too scientific (read - boring and confusing). That's probably why I'm so surprised - this was a sci-fi tale, and I actually enjoyed it.

The year is 2043 and the human race is infertile, no one knows why. Even more surprising is when female members actual
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Corinthians Publishing, through NetGalley, in return for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I didn't realise until I started reading this book, but I had read another book by this same author. I like to think that I go into reading books (and watching movies) with a fairly open mind - and that might be evidenced in the fact that I liked this book a whole lot more.

The blurb of this story was really interesting. Infertility isn't something that's
I sort of expected this book to be about some children who time lost. It was not. I mean, sort of, they exist in this book's universe, but the title really was misleading for me.

Anyway, what I got was a book about a woman, Rachel Harris, the only woman on Earth to have a natural pregnancy and birth in 27 years. Sadly, Rachel's daughter died in an accident when she was young, and when we meet Rachel she is still grieving and being cared for by her husband and close friends. On this Earth, time t
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: time-travel, sci-fi
I received this free through NetGalley for an honest review.

I would give this 3.5 stars because while it did not pull me in right away, the story premise made me want to continue and see what it was about. The ideas behind it are really good and relatively easy to follow, but the flow of the story is not smooth. It seems a bit choppy partly because of the time travel element, you have to be into it deeply to know when they are talking about. There are a few hiccups with names and vehicles, but t
Gayle Pace
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it

I felt the plot was pretty good. I had a problem understanding for the first part of the book what exactly was happening. I didn't like Rachel at all. She was so childish and to me that was quite annoying.

She's taking this medication and paying for it when she surely knows she is addicted to it and its not doing her any good what so ever. Why is she taking and paying for drugs that the government should be over seeing? After all they are the ones who created her problem. No body is asking
Tory Michaels
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
It’s hard to find the right words for this review. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I started this book, I just knew I wanted something different. You probably notice my tendency to review romances, and every so often I like to clear my head of all the happily ever afters. I got that here … I think.

There are so many twists and turns, very few of which I saw coming (though one of Rachel’s secrets I did figure out a bit before it was revealed). The whole book blurred because I ne
Karen Yawn
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I came across this book on I thought the title sounded interesting and the cover art really intrigued me so I entered to win it and thankfully I was chosen to receive a copy. I received the book a while back but only recently was able to sit down and actually read it and let me tell you, once I started reading this book, I simply could not put it down.

When I first started reading the book I got a little edgy because on pages 6 and 7 there were some glaring editing errors and I
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
When I first started this book I thought it was going to be an amazing read. I have to say I was slightly disappointed. The story is set in 2043, where natural childbirth is not possible, with the exception of Rachel Harris, the main character. They have a 'lottery' where you can enter to have a child brought back from the future, for some lucky parents. (I have to say I thought this was a bizarre idea, but went with it). Rachel's biological child unfortunately died in an accident, and she is lu ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
The synopsis of this book sounded interesting. Unfortunately a catchy premise was buried by clunky writing, repetitive action and tone-deaf dialogue. Case in point: the title is perfectly acceptable for a book title, but to have someone exclaim "It's the children! The children who time lost!" is cheesy and space-opera-ish. The description of the aliens is particularly unfortunate: there are "organisms" sticking out from their bodies, which are repeatedly referred to - "the organisms did this", " ...more
Sally Wolf
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the year 2043 Rachel Harris is considered a celebrity as she is the only woman in several centuries to give birth naturally. Unfortunately, her child suffers a terrible accident and dies. Desperate to make it up to her, Rachel's husband begs her to join the lottery where woman go 30 years into the future to adopt children. Despite her misgivings, he enters her anyway and she wins. She goes to the year 2108 where she brings back more then just a wonderful baby boy. Rachel brings back a mystery ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, shelf
*I received a free copy from Goodreads First Reads*

This book was a new experience for me. I usually stick to the YA genre, but I was like "hey, I wanna try something new!".

This sci-fi book did not disappoint me at all. I really enjoyed the fresh, new idea, and how time travel was intertwined with it. Usually, writing about time travel is difficult, and many authors leave plot holes, but I was pretty satisfied with this one.

The only problem I saw was the depth of Rachel's emotion. Although her g
John Watt
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first received the book and read the back cover I thought "Children of Men" in the future, but with the exception of the infertility issues the stories are nothing similar. There are a handful of editing mistakes throughout including one where it says she is getting into a Mercedes, and a couple lines down it goes back to the Chrysler she was driving. Have a discussion with the editor! Marvin Amazon writes excellent actions scenes I would find myself lost in large portions of the book and ...more
This book starts with an interesting premise of humans becoming infertile and using a time travel device to go into the future and bring back babies. The plot then diverges into a weird mix which is reminiscent of the plots from both Terminator and V.
I really wanted to love this book, but the plot twists seemed very obvious and came as no real surprise when revealed. It had it's moments, but there was a lot of gratuitous action, some weird plot holes - the lead character shoots accurately despi
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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* I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first started reading this book I thought that it showed great potential. The story of the world of 2043 being mysteriously infertile and playing a world wide lotto to get children was unique and interesting and it looked like a great story was about to unfold. Unfortunately it quickly lost its ground and I found it very difficult to finish as
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book and thought that the twists and turns that were thrown in really kept you on the edge of your seat. My hearty broke for all of the women who were unable to have children and who had to wait for their number to be chosen in a lottery- how can you not feel bad for them? This book was so much fun to read! The only negative I can say about the book was the cover- I definitely would not have picked this book up had I just been wandering around Chapters. If that's the only p ...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was happy when the author let me review this book for her when I requested it. I first saw the cover and knew this was going to be a good book. I then started reading the book and I was hooked from the first chapter. I finished this book in three days, had to do schoolwork and didn't have time to just read all of it at one time, and I loved the storyline.

The main character was so interesting and easy to love. The plot of the story is unlike anything I've read before and I really enjoyed that
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and a great story, with plenty of strange twists. When you read a time travel book, you can't really ask too many questions, because the more you try to think about it, the more questions you can come up with. I have to admit though that the ending left me a bit confused. I'm not really too sure what happened, but I guess Rachel isn't too sure either. So I didn't let that ruin my enjoyment of the book, and I'm not going to ask any questions ...more
Tim Gray
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this book in a giveaway, but really struggled with it. Is starts of a bleak dystopian future - then goes of in completely unexpected direction. The characters were, to me at least, not very rounded, though the plot did at least include one or two clever ideas. There were niggles for me as well - for example, someone who instantly trains as a sniper, having never had anything to do with guns, and then refers to her weapon, and those of her allies, not as a gun, or rifle, but by there techni ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: alien, paranormal, sci-fi
I received this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review so here it is. I just did not like this at all. I had the hardest time getting started with this book because it was so slow and just did not pull me in. I forced myself to read it because I knew I must so I could give feedback about it. I just kept thinking it will all evidentially make sense in the end. But nope, I am still confused as ever way to many things going on and not enough focus. The dates mess with your head and I have re ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put the book down and was so engrossed I actually ran into my husband while I was reading and didn't even notice! The main character Rachel Harris is very believable, she is smart, resourceful and a mother who would do anything for her child. This story starts in the not so distant future yet you feel like you are there. With so many twists and turns in the story line I was engrossed but at the end I felt like I needed to have the story go on just a little bit more for closure.
Marilyn Rhea
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it. Kept me reading late into the night, and had to finish it the next day. I really liked the the plot and action kept moving forward, and you really couldn't guess exactly what was going to happen. It was a great book, and I have now found another author that I plan on reading more of his work. This book was given to me to read and review, but it in no way altered my opinion of the great writing.
Tammy Hastings
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I received this through First Reads Giveaways.

And I actually wrote a review for it, and then when I hit submit, it gave me an error message and lost it.

:-/ :-/ :-/

I don't feel like re-writing it, but I didn't really enjoy this book anyway, so my review wasn't favorable. Perhaps the author would prefer I didn't post it anyway. Ha.
Cheryl Duval
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a phenomenal, non-stop action story with interesting futuristic technology. The characters are well developed and the book moves along at a very fast pace with several unexpected twists. The ending absolutely blew my mind!! This is a great read and I highly recommend it.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing from the first page I read I was hooked. I only have good things to say about this book. I hope to read more by Marvin Amazon. (I love the name!) I recommend this book for teens and over.
Nancy Morecraft
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read sci-fi, but I was hooked reading the first page! Wonder if there is another life out never knows. Will definitely be reading more of Marvin Amazon. Thank you Good Reads!
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved the ideas in this book and it was well thought out. I agree with others that it didn't flow that smoothly but a good ending.
Michelle Grayce
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Marvin Amazon is a Nigerian-born, British author who currently lives in Essex, England. Marvin stretches his imagination with movies, video games, comics, and, of course, novels. He credits the library across the street from his childhood home in Battersea, southwest London, with opening his eyes to the engrossing worlds of fantasy and crime fiction.
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