ArcadiaeBook - 2016
In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape--remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision--one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.
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Realizing that her discovery allows travel not to alternate universes but to the past, Dr. Angela Meerson sees the potential for harm, destroys her research and uses her machine to escape those who would abuse her discovery by travelling into the past herself. In 1960's England Meerson meets an academic and dabbling author whose notes about a book called Arcadia she uses to create a new machine so that she can continue her research and solve the problems of the future. When a teenage girl steps through the machine and finds herself in Arcadia the collision of past, present and possible futures becomes another threat to manage. Pursued by other time-travellers, under suspicion of being a spy and plagued by the problem of her experiment with Arcadia taking on a life of its own Meerson struggles with working out the role she can play in shaping or saving the future.
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