The Traitors - Tom Becker

Synopsis: Adam has betrayed his best friend and now he must face the consequences. His punishment is 274 years in the Dial, a prison in a notime world, where teenage traitors are forced to atone for their crime. It’s a terrible place, ruled over by a cruel despot, where every day is a struggle for survival - and escape.

Legend has it that only one person has fled the Colditz-like prison. Nobody knows if he made it back to the real world, but he left behind a ray of hope that has reached through the years. Soon Adam is caught up in a deadly plan to escape. But in a world full of traitors, you can trust no one.

A fast paced thriller from the author of Darkside.

Review: Imagine being sentenced to jail for 274 years… but when you come out on the other side, you’re still the same age and you only have a vague recollection of your experience inside The Dial, a prison in a notime world. That’s exactly what happened to Adam. Some would say his crime may have been trivial, he betrayed his best friend in no worse a way than many teenagers do during their high school days.

Adam is tracked down by agents from The Dial, a place no one knows about on earth - if you are unfortunate enough to spend time there, your memory is wiped clean of your experience before you are returned home. It’s there Adam realises he’s not going to be able to make it through a 274 year sentence. He devises a way t0 break free with help from some friends he’s made inside The Dial.

The storyline was well conceived and whilst it took me maybe the first chapter or two to figure it all out, once I was on track with what was happening to Adam, it had me hooked! A fast paced thriller, every time you think you have it all figured out and you think you know what is going to happen, there’s another twist to the story, another betrayal. There were two major ones that I have to say I didn’t see coming.

A grisly, action packed novel - nothing fluffy or lovey dovey about this, which is why I enjoyed it so much. Sometimes it’s nice to have a book that offers something a little different, which is exactly what The Traitors is. Something different. Not quite dystopian, not quite horror. Something in between!


Rating: 4 out of 5

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