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Image of All Clear (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel)


Image of All Clear (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel)

The second half of the story that began in Blackout, All Clear is at times utterly maddening. One of Willis’ quirks is that she tells stories full of confusion and miscommunication and this one is no different — it’s only about halfway through that the pieces start to fall into place and once that happens, the book becomes wonderful and compelling reading.

Polly, Eileen and Mike are three Oxford historians trapped in the Blitz during World War II. Desperate to find a way back to 2060, they soon discover a number of apparent discrepancies that may indicate that time travelers can, in fact, affect the past — which may have changed the outcome of the war. Mr. Dunworthy and Colin Templer are working frantically to retrieve them but have a hard time of it; they can’t get any drops to open and they’re not completely sure where to look. Polly, Eileen and Mike are the proverbial needles in a haystack. (BANTAM Spectra, Oct., 656 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs