Tuesday, April 05, 2011

What We're Reading: Connie Willis, continued

More about "the riveting conclusion" to Connie Willis's Blackout / All Clear duo (see my blog from last week for Part 1):

In All Clear, our three main characters--Mike, Eileen and Polly--remain trapped in the 1940s, trying to locate a "drop site" that will take them "back" to 2060. They also, of course, have to worry about surviving as Hitler's bombers and unmanned rockets bludgeon London. Their biggest fear, however, is that their continued presence in the past, with all their interactions with the "contemps" (short for "contemporaries," i.e., the people who belong in that time period), will somehow alter history, perhaps even affecting the outcome of the war. The discoverers of time travel have always embraced as part of their theory that it is impossible for the past to be changed; but what if that theory is wrong? Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, Mr. Dunworthy, the administrator of the time travel program, and young Colin Templer (who appeared at a younger age in The Doomsday Book) are desperately searching for signs of their historians in the past so they can locate them and bring them home. I must confess that the book was riveting, right up to its breathless conclusion.

1 comment:

Sverige said...

All Clear is the first book in the series that I have read. Because of that, it took a little time to get used to the format of bouncing through time like a yo-yo. This is why I gave it only 3 stars. The format left me dizzy at first trying to follow it. I also had to play catch up to figure out the main plot as I had not read any other books in the series before this one.

If you are looking for a book that gives you insight into what it was like to live in England during WWII, this book will satisfy that.