Time travel is certainly not a new science fiction concept, nor is the notion of historians going back in time to study the past. So maybe the concepts are not new, but I still loved this book. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis, won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award, so I must not be alone.
As a sci-fi geek, I am attracted to complex, science-rich, innovative novels that make me think and wonder “what if”. Doomsday Book is not one of these. The general concept and even story line is relatively simple; a young historian goes back in time to study Oxford in 1320, but accidentally arrives during the Black Death pandemic. From that point, we follow both Kirvin in 1348, and her friends trying to find and bring her back.
I enjoyed Doomsday Book because Connie Willis made me love it. The story flows nicely and is well written. I quickly became attached to the characters, both those from the future and the past. Similar the main character Kirvin, I grew to like the sad, dirty, and doomed people she met in 1348 England.
Doomsday Book is a race against time. As Kirvin’s situation in the past becomes bleak, her friends Colin and Mr. Dunworthy rush to find and bring her back.
If you like a great, fast-paced story, and time travel (who doesn’t), then you will enjoy Doomsday Book.