All Clear

{5/5} “Maybe England was the front, and the real heroes were the Londoners sitting in those tube stations night after night, waiting to be blown to smithereens… And everyone on this train, waiting patiently for it to being moving again, not giving way to panic or the impulse to call Hitler and surrender just to get it over with.”

All Clear by Connie Willis, published in 2010

Polly and two of her fellow historians have found each other in 1940. None of their drops are working, which means they can’t get back to 2060. They’re expecting a rescue any day, but they fear something is wrong with the whole time travel system. Mr. Dunworthy, the man in charge, comes back to rescue Polly — even if he finds her, will he make it back to the future?

This is the sequel to Blackout.

It’s about sacrifice, determination, and ingenuity — both in the historians and the “contemps” (a brilliant word Willis made up meaning people of the time period).

The last couple of hundred pages are astonishing.

I’ve read 10 books by Willis.

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