Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review: 11,000 Years Lost by Peni R. Griffin

Title: 11,000 Years Lost
Author: Peni R. Griffin
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
This action-packed time travel book takes a young Texan girl, participating in an archaeological dig, back to the time of the mammoth. There she's adopted by a group of mammoth hunters that teaches her to forage for food, build fires, and protect herself from predators.


Overall Rating: 3/5

As a huge fan of time travel books, I needed to read this one, especially since it's pretty original. I've never read a time travel book where the main character travels as far back as around 10,000 B.C.

The one thing I wasn't a fan of  was the ending. There isn't much of the way in resolution, and I felt like it was rushed. It was never explained why Esther, the main character, went back in time, which I really wanted to know. Also, the pre-historic age and its characters seemed more realistic than the time and the characters from the present. That itself was a little disappointing. I wanted more from the present-day characters.

Regardless, the main story is fantastic. Griffin has obviously done her research, turning vague facts and little-known data about this era in time into an entire civilization and society. And she makes it work! I completely believed the situations and the reactions of the characters. Esther is especially likeable and made it easy for me to put myself in her place. If you're a time travel fan looking to learn a little bit about history, this is the book for you. It's fast-paced, adventurous, and entertaining.