Blackout by Connie Willis, which I’m co-hosting with Carrie at Books and Movies. (If you missed them, please go back and read the discussions for week 1 and week 2.) How are you all doing? I found it especially hard to stop reading at the end of our section this week. For those of you who didn’t participate in last week’s discussion—I hope you haven’t given up on the book! Note that there are spoilers in this post.
Finally finally this book has taken off for me! I think it’s mainly because this part focuses on only three historians who are almost in the same time period, so it’s much easier to keep track of what’s going on. And what’s going on is pretty exciting and mysterious: neither Eileen nor Polly can get through their drops and Mike is injured and far from his (and no retrieval teams have shown up). Their situations seem fairly dire, especially Eileen’s: Imagine being stuck in the past and having your only home taken away from you, so you have nowhere to go, barely any money and only a vague recollection of where the other historian in your time period is—and to make matters worse, that historian is somewhere in London during the Blitz!
I think the fact that Mike is in Orpington must be significant: this is at least the second, if not the third time this town has been mentioned in the book. (Lieutenant Mary Kent gets charged with transporting soldiers to Orpington Hospital on page 123, and I’m pretty sure that was not the first time we’d heard of Orpington. Does anyone else remember?)
I also can’t imagine that we’ve seen the last of the Hodbins, though I can’t quite see what role they will play in the rest of the novel. I am worried that Eileen has changed history somehow by not giving them that ticket!
Finally, I’m very curious to see how the new characters that were introduced in part 2 will fit into the story. At least one of them was a historian...
Those are my thoughts for this week. What about you? Please share your thoughts in the comments! Please don’t comment on the book beyond page 378, though, as I haven’t read any further yet.
Next week’s discussion post will appear on Carrie’s blog at Books and Movies. I will also post a spoiler-free review at the end of the read-along.