Book Review: Retrospect by Timothy Harris

When you blend quirky humor, fast-paced action and an interesting plot, you get Retrospect by Timothy Harris.

Set in the city of Brisbane, Australia in the not-so-far future, Retrospect takes us through the story of Noah and his friends who suddenly find themselves in an adult-less city under the mercy of a diabolical egomaniac called Setag (Gates spelled backwards but no idea why… maybe referring to some important technological genius). Anyway, Setag, who was so callously handed the keys to the security system of the whole country, decides to flex his muscles by announcing himself King, eliminating almost all adults and taking control of every aspect of the children’s lives. Saving the city therefore falls to the hands of Noah and his mates.

What I enjoyed most about the novel is that the plot is very interesting and the setting is in Brisbane, which is not a place we are used to reading about. However, it would’ve been even more interesting had the author added and talked about more locations in Brisbane along with their descriptions. In addition to that, the way the author excellently developed Noah’s personality by writing the story from his point of view made the protagonist a very likable character; unfortunately, I would’ve liked to see more drama unfolding between the three main characters, especially with the possibility of a love triangle already in place. Another thing that somewhat disappointed me in Retrospect was the plot twist which was, though interesting, rather Star Wars cliche.

Despite my comments about how the story could’ve been made a bit better, I still enjoyed this read and finished it all in one sitting. At the end of the story, Timothy Harris made it obvious that the story was not over yet, which is great considering that I would love to know what happens next. In conclusion, I recommend this novel and praise Timothy Harris for a very cool read.

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