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All Clear - Connie Willis
All Clear
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In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060—the setting for several of her most celebrated works—and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward,... show more
In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060—the setting for several of her most celebrated works—and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler’s bombers attempt to pummel London into submission. Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory—but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians’ supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who nurses a powerful crush on Polly, are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle of their own—to find three missing needles in the haystack of history. Told with compassion, humor, and an artistry both uplifting and devastating, All Clear is more than just the triumphant culmination of the adventure that began with Blackout. It’s Connie Willis’s most humane, heartfelt novel yet—a clear-eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, ordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice too often overlooked by history.   
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780553807677 (0553807676)
Publisher: Spectra
Pages no: 643
Edition language: English
Series: All Clear (#2)
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The Reading Jackalope
The Reading Jackalope rated it
2.0 All Clear
I think I'm going to give myself permission to not finish this one. I may, MAY, come back to it at some point. I like the idea of this book more then the execution. There are a lot of concepts I enjoy, but the execution is just a slog to get through. Reading this one I was reminded just how little I...
Reflections
Reflections rated it
5.0 Can’t let go
I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad to leave a set of characters behind. After spending more than 1,000 pages with them between All Clear and its predecessor Blackout, most of it set during the Blitz of London with lots of high tension twists and turns, heartaches and triumphs, I feel like we’ve bee...
Bookloving writer
Bookloving writer rated it
3.0 All Clear
Just like the first book in this series Blackout, this was fascinating. However, I don't appreciate sad stories and though that wasn't all there was to the book, this one was definitely sad. Of course I understand that that goes with the territory when you read a book about the war, but still.
MargaretBolingMullin
MargaretBolingMullin rated it
3.0 All Clear
2/18/13 ** Great ending, slow in the first half, tempting me to skip ahead. Excellent mystery, with many intertwined threads. Now I want to re-read to see what hints I missed, but don't want to commit to 1200+ pages!
Ernisius
Ernisius rated it
The two books together are about 1200 pages.About a two thirds could be taken out without losing anything from the story.If it had been 400 pages I would probably give it 4 stars.I found myself skipping quite large sections where absolutely nothing seemed to happen, and in doing so probably missed s...
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