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eBook The Traitors An Act is CommittedWhen I first started reading Traitors by Tom Becker I had no idea what to expect

eBook The Traitors An Act is CommittedWhen I first started reading Traitors by Tom Becker, I had no idea what to expect and I had no idea if this was going to be a book that I would enjoy or one that would fall short. Fortunately, I found myself truly enjoying it. This book holds a unique plot that kept me interested and captivated. If you knew that your betrayal could land you punished for a hundred years, you would probably think twice before you ever betrayed again. This book is full of powerful messages, such as forgiveness, friendship and loyalty and it is the kind of book that can help to warm the cockles of your heart, if you let it.Punishment Is GivenBeing sent to prison is a punishment that every criminal faces whenever they commit a crime. Some may never go there, some may be sent there for the rest of their lives, but no matter the outcome, the prison is always there as the ultimate punishment. But why are we not punished for other humanitarian crimes, such as betrayal of our friends? Those who trample on our hearts and then walk away scott free surely deserve some form of punishment? Here is the premise of Becker’s Traitors. Anyone who has ever betrayed a friend in some way or other is taken away to an unknown prison where they must serve their sentence, which is often for a couple of hundred years. This premise is definitely an intriguing one and one that I really enjoyed reading about and really worked for this story.Adam has been imprisoned for betraying his friend, and at first he is shocked and bewildered by it all, not really sure what is going on. Then, as the story progresses, and more plot twists and turns are brought to the surface, this book takes on a whole new level. Adam must learn the power of loyalty and forgiveness while serving his sentence but he also finds himself understanding friendship, and ultimately, his own betrayal. The plot of this story is compelling and captivating and one that just keeps you turning the page. I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next, wondering if Adam’s bravery will shine through or if he’ll cower under the magnitude of it all. It is a plot that does not disappoint.Personalities Are ChangedThis novel held many different, unique and interesting characters. They were all well-captured and really held my interest throughout the book. There were a few stereotypical types but it worked within the story because it wasn’t a stereotypical story. It needed those characters we know to look for to help make it appear more realistic. After all, what’s a prison without a few characters who are continuously trying to escape? Or the one that manages to get everything for everyone? What wasn’t stereotypical, were the personalities attached to the stereotypes. Everyone had their own thoughts, their own way of moving and even when they were a mass of characters; it was good to have a feel for each individual in the room. It was the characters who bled the story, without them, it wouldn’t have been as exciting or interesting, and I have a feeling that these characters will be wholly identifiable to younger audiences as well.Adam was our protagonist and he was such an interesting character. He had betrayed his friend, so already the reader is not sure if they should like him but then you can feel his suffering, you can see he’s trying to reach out to his friend but it doesn’t go the way he planned. Sure, he made a mistake, but doesn’t everyone do that from time to time? Then, as the story progresses and we truly see the full side of Adam, it is hard not to admire him. He has his fears, his flaws and his worries but he is also a strong character, with motivation and a willingness to go that extra step. He cares for his new friends and even if he dies in the process, he will do anything he can to save them. It is clear that Adam is, essentially, a good guy who has just made mistakes that he feels guilty and shameful for but that doesn’t mean he should have been punished, does it?Until Their Time Is UpIf there is one thing that Tom Becker does exceedingly well, it is keeping the action and tension at an all time high throughout the book. There is always something happening, always something that keeps the reader turning page after page. It is therefore simple to state that this book is action-packed. This helps to make the book more exciting and interesting. The reader is always wondering what will happen next, while secretly thanking the gods that there aren’t many dull, boring moments where nothing happens. Becker has managed to get the right balance of things, which occurs through plot-twists and loopholes. Some of the occurrences are predictable, but since I am not the target-audience for this book, I can understand why I would feel that way but I truly believe that the younger children and adults that read this book will love every second of it.And Peace Is RestoredOverall, this was a book that I really enjoyed. It kept me rooted to my seat, unwilling to put the book down to do ordinary tasks, such as eating, and it was a book that I read fairly quickly which doesn’t happen very often. Yet, despite this enjoyment, it wasn’t one of my favourite stories in the world, but I can see that it would be thoroughly enjoyed by its target audience. This book has many messages and themes to spill, words of advice and guidance to share, and an action-packed story to keep it all from being boring and mundane. I have a feeling that it will be a book that will be widely adored with the younger generation who have always wanted to have a life full of that much action. It is well-written, interesting and entertaining, there really isn’t much more that anyone could ask for in a book. I would recommend this book to children aged thirteen and up, but I still think there is something for adults to enjoy as well. I know I enjoyed it.. The Traitors am Book 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 no time 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.. Tom Becker grew up in a market town in the northwest of England, dreaming of becoming a writer He won the 2007 Waterstones Children s Book Prize with his first novel, Darkside, and has continued to blur the lines between history and fantasy in brooding adventure and horror stories such as The Traitors and While The Others Sleep He has also published an adult novel, The Cold Tap, on Kindle under his real name, Tom Beckerlegge Tom lives in London with his wife, baby son, and a horde of shadowy creatures that he keeps confined within the pages of his notebook He can be found on Twitter at Tbeckerlegge.. A viral Kindle The Traitors This book is one of the most awesome Scholastic books that I have ever set my eyes upon. And I would have given it five stars max were it not for some ludicrous concepts and a far-fetched, illogical ending.Why I like the book:1) The Dial. The whole setting is breath-taking. Well, the plan image for the prison helps a lot in stimulating the mind's eye, of course. But the ideas for the prison is well-invented, creative and it shows the dexterous capability of the author to illicit inspirational from everyday items, such as the clock. The Dial is one of the most spectacular scenes that has ever existed in a piece of fiction.2) The straight-forward approach. In this book, there isn't any slow-paced story-telling - the approach is straight to the point and the author appeared to not have a liking in making long-winded, excruciatingly intricately detailed paragraphs that go on and on about a certain scenario that the reader gets all a. bored or b. muddled-up. So basically, the fast-paced action gets the story going in a more animated way. So you don't have to worry about falling asleep if slow, nostalgic atmospheres of story-telling (take for instance The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) isn't your thing.3) The plot build-up. The loopholes are there. The witty chemistry between characters is there. The suspense is there. Everything that makes a good plot is there. It's almost as if the author made a checklist and made sure that all the proper criteria were made part and parcel of "The Traitors". The intriguing and thought-provoking ideas were fresh-faced compared to the thousands of ordinary chick-lit and thriller genres swamping bookshelves around the globe. The concepts of the book were also simple to understand, despite being unique and the reader might go, "Hey, I never thought of that before!" Or maybe you did. I guess I'm the only boring, idea-barren blockhead then. But the ending is hilarious, in a sort of way. The beginnning of the book (spoiler) mentions that the food rations are being reduced due to the fact that the transportation mode is apparently, unavailable. And at the ending, the two characters expect that they can live forever in eternity in the Dial without any means of transportation that can get food for them? Puhlease. A bit too much of naivete for me.All in all, this book is worth a try, especially if you're a teen like me.

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    Tom Becker grew up in a market town in the northwest of England, dreaming of becoming a writer He won the 2007 Waterstones Children s Book Prize with his first novel, Darkside, and has continued to blur the lines between history and fantasy in brooding adventure and horror stories such as The Traitors and While The Others Sleep He has also published an adult novel, The Cold Tap, on Kindle under his real name, Tom Beckerlegge Tom lives in London with his wife, baby son, and a horde of shadowy creatures that he keeps confined within the pages of his notebook He can be found on Twitter at Tbeckerlegge.

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  • This book is one of the most awesome books that I have ever set my eyes upon And I would have given it five stars max were it not for some ludicrous concepts and a far fetched, illogical ending.Why I like the book 1 The Dial The whole setting is breath taking Well, the plan image for the prison helps a lot in stimulating the mind s eye, of course But the ideas for the prison is well invented, creative and it shows the dexterous capability of the author to illicit inspirational from everyday item [...]


  • An Act is CommittedWhen I first started reading Traitors by Tom Becker, I had no idea what to expect and I had no idea if this was going to be a book that I would enjoy or one that would fall short Fortunately, I found myself truly enjoying it This book holds a unique plot that kept me interested and captivated If you knew that your betrayal could land you punished for a hundred years, you would probably think twice before you ever betrayed again This book is full of powerful messages, such as f [...]


  • Adam kissed his best friend s girl and was responsible for Danny being kicked out of school He has Betrayed and now he has been snatched from his home to a high security prison to serve hundreds of years for his crime But even amongst other criminals, there is one ready to betray them all to the guards for a ticket home Who can you trust This was a decent YA dystopian read where a prison in a different time dimension punishes kids for betraying friends and family by locking them in prison There [...]


  • CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENDING The Traitors by Tom Becker is a refreshing and unique YA novel set in a prison aptly named The Dial as it resembles a clock The prison is designed to punish those who have betrayed someone and offenders usually serve sentences spanning well over hundreds of years of course this is all in a place called no time The writing style employed by Becker is very unique and flows beautifully He described things in just the right amount of detail, making it easy to follow [...]


  • Have you ever betrayed someone before Stabbed a person who s close to you in the back Did you get away with it Did your guilty conscience prick you the least bit Adam here has betrayed his best friend Danny And because of that, he was captured to the Dial, a no time place through a warphole Sentenced to imprisonment in the Dial for 274 years, Adam has all the time in the world to repent.Seemed like he wasn t the only traitor on planet Earth The Dial was full of traitors, both young and old With [...]


  • 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 unfortun [...]


  • Before I reached the last chapter, I was planning to give The Traitors three stars for the story as a whole and a fourth one for originality and unpredictability my God, all the times Becker made me gasp.The last chapter, though, takes unpredictability to a whole new level And not in a good way Two words terrible ending.And while we re at it, the characters could have used a lot depth Oh, and SO MANY things didn t make sense, add up, and or weren t explained AND THERE ISN T EVEN A SEQUEL Howeve [...]


  • Honestly, I loved the story, but I didn t like the ending CONTAINS SPOILERS SORRY When Adam stays with Jessica in the end, it seemed rather pointless I know the Commandant told him that no one should be left behind and all, but she should ve just went with him You have betrayed people but being left in no time for presumably billions of years where getting food away from earth is quite hard, you would die sooner or later.Also, Adam s relationship with Jessica seemed rather pointless for me Maybe [...]


  • Title The TRAITORSAuthors TOM BECKERStory elements DIAL, a prison situated nowhere in space The main character in this book is Adam and he is not a nice character because he betrayed his best friend and kissed his girlfriend.Another character is Doughnut he is Adam s new friend in the DIAL Another character is bookworm who is stays in the library for the whole time and reads books and he is Adam s new friend too.Adam betrayed his friend and the agents from dial took him to dial for betraying his [...]


  • I m so upset yet proud of the main character, Adam, at the end of this book I just skipped straight to the end I just finished this book and it has messed with my brain So is The Dial in another universe or on another planet I m led to believe this with the time continuum The character development in this book was good and the plot line was brilliant Quick read for me but definitely not boring or easy to understand in some places When we found out about the Luca and Nino and the things Doughnut [...]


  • The radio message could have been a fluke, even the letter could be taken for a joke, but a giant zeppelin on an abandoned beach can not be ignored When a stupid mistake, a thoughtless act breaks apart a friendship, the traitor must be punished, and the only way for a traitor to learn their lesson is imprisonment on the Dial.No one on the Dial is innocent, all have betrayed someone, been a traitor to someone, and all are paying for their actions Life on the Dial is slow, existing outside of time [...]


  • This book is about a prison where traitors go called the Dial so called because it resembles a clock with two walkways in the middle, like hands of a clock, and 12 wings which these hands connect to Thus if a child betrays someone, e.g Adam, the main character in the book, kisses his best friend s girlfriend which gets his best friend expelled from school because he trashed a lab in anger, then they get taken to the Dial to spend an eternity in the prison although because it is in no time 100s o [...]


  • Not happy with the ending though Adam should ve just entered the warphole and reunite with his family, back on earth And Jessica, well she shouldn t make such decision to be trapped in the Dial for eternity We all make mistakes, so what That ll make us to be a better person next time Experience taught us valuable lesson I can t imagine being stucked in no time for eternity How would they get food supply if they re going to be trapped forever I hope the Commandant was still alive to get them out [...]


  • Although I found some of the ideas in this book very silly to start off with, I soon found myself accepting these ideas and actually started to enjoy the story The book was nothing like I expected and it was constantly suprising me with shocking new twists and turns in the plot which made me happy to keep reading I also found the writing style very good and it flowed very well which made for easy reading.


  • I really loved the idea behind this book and I was willing to give it four stars, but the ending was really a disappointment considering how this book doesn t have a sequel It still raises questions on whether the two inmates were saved in the end or if they survived on the remaining food rations and basically, what happens next


  • Books like The Traitors are very hard to come by Usually when an author tries to write a book about relations between the real world and the fantasy world, it is very hard to not go overboard What Tom Becker did was incredible, a heart moving ending with plot twists popping up everywhere in the book Would definitely recommend book to peers.


  • I personally enjoyed this book because it is filled with adventure and mystery I liked trying to solve the mystery as I went along and sometimes had to go back in the book to help solve it I recommend it to people who like mystery and action My favorite part is when he found out that a book was written on and also missing important pages.


  • its a lil bit frustrating when Adam s chose to stay behind until the warphole closed just for one girl even the Commandant s said don t leave anyone behind ahhh other than that, its okay kind of nice story afterall.


  • I m sure that this book would be very good if you are aged 9 12, but PLEASE IGNORE THE RATING TEEN ON THE BACK OF THE BOOK, most teenagers will find this book very immature and simplistic The plot is not bad, but as I said anyone over the age of 13 will just be bored.


  • My favourite book to date I loved the plot, and writing style and i was completely immersed from the first page I found some of the things a bit confusing at first, but I found that by re reading it they made sense.


  • The starting was confusing but then as i read on it gets and interesting the ending was great but it could also be better if he gets to return back and meet his family and friends again with jessica.


  • When the beam of light abruptly winked off, the vortex collapsed, shrinking to a tiny orange dot before disappearing completely, leaving the sky a flat pond of midnight What s a promise worth in a prison full of traitors


  • A loved this book Once I started it, I just couldn t stop I really really hope that there is a second part to this, because I will love to know if Adam and Jessica ever get out of the dial









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