Welcome to Eoin Colfer’s Version of The Twilight Zone
W.A.R.P: The Reluctant Assassin: Eoin Colfer
Review by Ellie Benitez
“You are kidding me? This isn’t an episode of The Twilight Zone.”
Agent Smart’s shoulders jerked as he chuckled. “Yes, it is, Chevie. That’s exactly what it is.”
I remember the day when I walked into my fifth grade classroom and spotted a golden rectangle on a fellow classmate’s desk.
“What is that?” I asked my teacher.
She couldn’t have been more right.
Eoin Colfer has been one of my favorite science fiction/fantasy authors since that fateful day and I am proud to say that the obsession continues. Of course I was disappointed to hear that the final novel of the brilliant Artemis Fowl series had been written, but just imagine my delight when I discovered that a whole new series was in the works.
A series about time travel.
Time. Traveling. Assassins.
Can it get much more awesome than that?
In Victorian England is Riley, an assassin’s apprentice who really does not want to be an assassin at all. The novel opens up on Riley’s first job, the killing of a elderly man in order to gain his villainous master Garrick’s trust. But at the crucial moment, Riley backs out, Garrick thrusts the knife into the man, and the man disappears right before their very eyes—along with Riley.
In modern day England, Chevron (Chevie) Savano, a sassy and smart teenaged FBI agent, is assigned to London after an embarrassing media fiasco. Her task is to watch over a mysterious metal pod and to make sure to keep whatever comes out of it alive. Chevie is about to go out of her mind with boredom when the old man and Riley show up inside the pod and suddenly her world is turned upside down. The metal capsule is a time machine and WARP (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) is a program that relocates modern day witnesses into the past.
Back in Victorian England, Garrick, obsessed with the magic he believes he saw, waits for the next opportunity to exploit it. But when the moment does come, something goes horribly wrong and when Garrick emerges in modern day London, Chevie and Riley find themselves in far more danger than they could have ever imagined.
Peppering the dialogue with historical tidbits and pop-culture references, Colfer delivers a wonderfully wild adventure that is sure to enrapture the imagination. Colfer’s trademark humor permeates the pages, especially when he takes advantage of the confusion that would inevitably happen when two people from different centuries are thrown together:
Chevie stood up, twirling the chair under her palm. “I’ll have to get back to you on that, once I review the video. I’ll bring you some McDonald’s in an hour. Until then, don’t go anywhere, time traveler.”
Riley watched the door close, thinking, Time traveler?
And, What is a video?
And, Why would she bring me Scotsmen? What help would that be?.”
Colfer’s characters are living in their own version of The Twilight Zone, a world so convoluted and mindboggling, it is simply impossible to tear yourself away.
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-seller author of the Artemis Fowl series, as well as Plugged, Airman, The Supernaturalist, and many other popular books. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
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