Review: Doing Time by Jodi Taylor

A long time ago in the future, the secret of time travel became known to all. Everyone seized the opportunity – and the world nearly ended. There will always be idiots who want to change history.

And so, the Time Police were formed. An all-powerful, international organisation tasked with keeping the timeline straight. At all costs.

Their success is legendary, and the Time Wars are over. But now the Time Police must fight to save a very different future – their own.

This is the story of Jane, Luke and Matthew – arguably the worst recruits in Time Police history. Or, very possibly, three young people who might just change everything.

This was the first Jodi Taylor book I’ve read an I’ll certainly be reading more.

I loved Doing Time. It was the perfect mix of humour, serious plot, character development and setting.

I laughed out loud, got caught up in the history, willed Luke, Matthew and Jane to become a team and loved being along for the ride.

The characterisation in this novel was one of its strengths, I instantly wanted to cheer Jane on, for Matthew to find his place and for Luke to become his own person. Watching these 3 misfits start to gel as a team was one of the highlights of the book.

There were some lovely pop culture references dotted through out Doing Time. I almost certainly didn’t catch them all but highlights included Star Wars (I’d love to know if Luke was named purely for reference or if that came after), Harry Potter, and Star Trek.

Perfect for fans of Jasper Fforde but treading its own path I recommend if you like some fun in your sci-fi.

With thanks to Headline and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

Doing Time is available now.

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