Parents' Guide to

Time Bomb

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Explosive high school thriller marred by flat characters.

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School safety, especially concerning guns or explosives, is a hot topic, and this race-against-the-clock contemporary thriller puts readers smack in the middle of a high school bombing. Author Joelle Charbonneau concocts a chilling scenario for Time Bomb, in which the half-dozen students trapped on the second floor must find out who among them might be the perpetrator. The teens are a diverse bunch, but their individual motivations seem a little one dimensional, their dialogue a little too on the nose. The identity of the culprit might surprise some readers, but others will be wondering whether the given solution makes a whole lot of sense. This is a solid enough entertainment, but Time Bomb doesn't have that extra oomph that makes for a classic thriller.

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