Image of The Gladiator (Crosstime Traffic)


Image of The Gladiator (Crosstime Traffic)

Another well-researched addition to Turtledove's stories of alternate worlds, this one is based on the premise that the Soviet Union won the Cold War. Aimed at young adults, this thought-provoking plot and impressive history will appeal to readers of all ages. The reader gets two different viewpoints from the two likable teenage protagonists, and although some momentum is lost when the characters discuss history and politics, the imaginative plot sustains itself until the end.

The world has gone Communist, and capitalism is a dirty word. When the Gladiator, a game shop in Milan, is closed down for spreading capitalist principles, most of the proprietors escape, but not Eduardo, who turns to two teenage customers for help. Gianfranco and Annarita are frightened, but they agree to hide him for a while. He needs their help to get home, but how were they to know that he's from another time line and home is an alternate universe? (TOR, Jun., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Gail Pruszkowski