23 de marzo de 2014

Review/Reseña - Tempus Fugit - Javier Ruescas

Author: Javier Ruescas
Original title: Tempus Fugit - Ladrones de almas
English title: -
Spanish title: Tempus Fugit - Ladrones de almas
Publisher/Editorial: - / Alfaguara
Genre/Género: Sci-Fi/Ciencia Ficción, YA/Juvenil

Summary: A plague has left many people, mainly teenagers, in a coma. Hanna, whose father was one of the first victims, has been investigating the plague and finds a connection to Tempus Fugit, the company that invented teleport cabins after a big flooding changed the world.

Review: I liked that Hanna was unusual. She dresses how she wants and not how society expects her to and keeps using her bike in a world where teleport cabins have taken over as the only mean of transportation. She has a brain of her own and doesn’t follow the masses just because everybody else does. This is what makes her realise that there is something creepy about the company Tempus Fugit and that the plague is caused by people.

Something that I didn’t like so much is that I found the book to be quite predictable and very direct, with little room for twists and red herrings. However, this is what makes it so fast-paced, so it’s not too bad. Also, things are solved very quickly and the characters don’t have to think too much about them. There’s never a real sense of danger or worry. The only real plot twist is one that is part of the open ending. After I finished the book, I looked to see if there was a sequel -there isn’t-, because even though the book has an ending, there are some things left unsolved.

All in all, not a bad book and one that I enjoyed reading.


Resumen: Una plaga ha dejado a mucha gente, en su mayoría adolescentes, en coma. Hanna, cuyo padre fue una de las primeras víctimas, ha estado investigando la plaga y encuentra una relación con Tempus Fugit, la empresa que inventó las cabinas de teleporte después de que una inundación cambiara el mundo.

Reseña:Me gustó que Hanna fuera diferente a los demás. Se viste como ella quiere y no como el resto de la sociedad espera que lo haga y sigue usando su bici en un mundo en el que las cabinas de teleporte se han erigido como el único medio de transporte. Tiene un cerebro propio y no sigue a las masas sólo porque todo el mundo lo haga. Esto es lo que hace que se dé cuenta de que hay algo siniestro en la empresa Tempus Fugit y que la plaga la están causando personas.

Algo que no me gustó tanto es que encontré el libro bastante predecible y muy directo, lo que no deja espacio para giros inesperados y pistas falsas. Sin embargo, esto es lo que hace que el libro sea tan rápido, así que no es del todo malo. Además, todo se soluciona muy rápido y los personajes no tienen que pensar mucho. No llega a haber un sentimiento más real de peligro más de preocupación.. El único giro inesperado que hay forma parte del final abierto. Tras terminar el libro, miré si había una segund parte -no la hay-, porque aunque sí hay un final, se quedan cosas sin resolver.

En general no es un mal libro y disfruté leyéndolo.

4 comentarios:

  1. Like the idea of teleport cabins. Why can't they come up with that O_O

    1. Teleport cabins would make life much easier, wouldn't they? I'd prefer them without the second, darker use the have in this book though.

  2. I agree with BookCupid - I like the idea of teleport cabins! Just think of all the places you could go if they became common. :)

    I also like the sounds of this book's protagonist. She seems independent, confident, and smart, and I love reading about teenagers who are characterized this way. It's too bad that the plot leaves so much to be desired, though - it's a peeve of mine when characters don't have to work for answers to their questions. However, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this book anyway!

    1. Also how much time you would save. Trips reduced to a few seconds would mean more time to sleep every day!

      Yeah, I also prefer plots that are a bit more developed, but it's still a good book.