This is the second book of her trilogy, and again I loved it. I read it through in one night!
At the end of book one, when Annie leaves Strat’s 1880 world to return to her own a century later, she has no idea that he will be charged with insanity because of openly discussing Annie’s time-traveling ability. Now, when she returns, she is the only one who has even a slim chance of rescuing him from the asylum where he is being confined.
One thing I like about both books (and it seemed to come through even stronger in book II) was the honor and integrity of the hero. Strat is a man who pays his debts of honor—to Katie, the girl in the mental asylum (there only because she was born with a cleft palate) who befriends him. To Harriet, who loves him and needs him more than Annie, the woman he loves. And he loves Annie so much, in fact, that he finds “strength to pull away, and kiss no more…” For him, this is “the definition of love: not touching a woman until marriage.” Annie loves Strat for his goodness, even when it means she must suffer because of it.
Cooney continues to compare and contrast the 1880s with the 1980s. Both centuries have their benefits and their downsides. One flaw in Annie’s century would sure makes life easier when it comes to making the hard decisions she and Strat have to make. Because in the 1980s, Annie says, “people let you use any excuse. . . .You never had to be responsible for what you did, because it could always be somebody else’s fault.”
Out of Time has great messages, great characters, and great story.
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