Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Doomsday Book is different. The story is about Kivrin - an historian who goes to the past (14 th century) from the current (2054). An error in time travel lands her a few year later than intended - right at the time when plague is raging across Europe.
A kind family shelters her and she gets to be close to them including their two children. You read on to find the plague taking a deadly toll. While getting back preys on her mind, she is determined to do what she can - with the advantage of her knowledge from the future of that time.
Worth a read if you want to try something different, but be ready for very realistic depictions of one of the most difficult periods for humanity. There are sections of the book in the later part which are depressing. The characterizations are very good, and care has been taken to make the read feel very alive and authentic (including special attention to the language).
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