When teen con-artist Darius is approached by a mysterious government agent about joining a 'Project Oberon', he has no idea what to expect. Certainly not that Project Oberon is actually a top-secret experiment which sends teens back through time to prevent disasters before they happen! Before Darius has time to wonder why he's been chosen, his first mission arrives in the form of a huge electromagnetic weapon of mass destruction, which will kill millions of people in New York - unless Darius and the team can stop it. They're confident; it's all in a day's work for these teen wonders, but what they don't bet on is evil mastermind Ludd. And what they don't know is that Ludd knows the deadly secret behind Project Oberon. If Darius and the gang don't make it back to the portal within twenty-four hours, then they'll be lost in time forever...
Portal 24 was an enjoyable book and it's a breath of fresh air in this time of female and romance dominated time travel stories. I can't say that I absolutely adored this book because it did seem a little bit simplistic for me as it seemed to be aimed at a slightly younger and more male audience than I fit into! I think that the slightly younger target audience meant that the science wasn't exactly all that believable and the explanations given for the twenty four hour rule was very vague in comparison to explanations given in other time travel books.
That being said, Portal 24 was still a very engaging story. I loved the con-artist main character Darius and the kick-ass female lead Bianca and I really appreciated the lack of romance in this book. This is actually a real boy book, full of action, adventure, sci-fi and a street-smart main character and whilst I established quite a few years ago that I am NOT male, I did really like the high-stakes action in this book.
I did feel that the ending was a little bit rushed, it all seemed just a teeny bit too wrapped up and I would have liked a bit of an epilogue. I'm not sure if this book will have a sequel, because there were a few things left open, but if there is a sequel I probably will read it.
Overall Rating: C+
Book released 5th September 2013 by Hot Key Books
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review