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Matthew Loux – The Time Museum

July 10, 2017

37. The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (2017)

Length: 256 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Started/Finished: 09 July 2017

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? Random browsing.

A huge museum
AND the power to travel
through time? Count me in.

Summary: Delia Bean loves science and museums and exploring — all of which means she doesn’t exactly fit in at her high school. Her parents take her to visit her Uncle Lyndon, and when she’s exploring the woods near her house, she stumbles across a huge museum, with artifacts from across Earth’s history. But this is not just any museum – it exists outside of time, and its employees regularly time travel to collect research and artifacts for the museum. Her Uncle Lyndon is actually from the year 5079, he’s the founder of the museum, and he thinks Delia would be perfect for one of the Museum’s rare internships. But to land the position, she’ll have to compete in increasingly difficult trials against five other teenagers, including Michiko, a Japanese girl from the 2200s; Dex, a Neanderthal boy (“one of the smart ones”); Marius, who is still not used to people calling his time “Ancient” Rome; Reggie, a robotics expert; and Greer, a snobby Scottish girl who is already familiar with time travel and determined to win the intern position.

Review: I really, really enjoyed this book; this is exactly what I’m hoping to find every time I pick up a graphic novel at random off my library’s shelves. The story was fun and funny and exciting and action-packed and well-suited to the medium, with well-developed characters and good dialogue to boot. There were a few parts of the story that I wish we’d gotten more detail – we don’t see or hear from Delia’s parents after the first few pages, for example, and while I get that’s not the point of the story, it still seemed odd to me that they’d just disappear completely, leaving their school-aged daughter to be a time traveler. There were also a few places where either the writing or the lettering left out critical punctuation, making me read a sentence a few times before I figured out what was going on. (One example was “It is never our place to change the timeline be it directly or through our own negligence!”, but there was a line break between “be” and “it”, so the lack of a comma between “timeline” and “be” left me going “change the timeline be? what?”.) But really, these are minor quibbles. The story is a lot of fun, and the art is bright and colorful and just a little goofy with the over-exaggerated expressions and I just loved it. The book ends with its storyline nicely wrapped up, but leaving open the definite possibility of a sequel, which I will happily devour as soon as it’s out. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: The sensibility and the style of this book remind me of a mash-up of Raina Telgemeier, Faith Erin Hicks, and Foiled. If you like any of their books, or like fun, silly time-travel stories (after I’d already checked this out from the library at random I saw it on a list of “Books to read if you like Doctor Who“), this is definitely worth checking out.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 10, 2017 9:24 pm

    I may have to pick this up for my daughter. She’s a Dr. Who fan.

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