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Pastworld by Ian Beck
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Jul 08, 10

bookshelves: young-adult, anglophilia, dystopia

I didn't make it all the way through this one. What first caught my eye about it was the cover: a dark, foggy London alley with St. James Cathedral looming in the background and a Jack the Ripper character chasing a young girl. The plot seemed interesting enough. A replica of Victorian London has been built as a theme park for tourists to come and experience what life was like in Dickens day and a young girl living in the park has no idea it's really the year 2050.
The biggest problem with the story was that it was coming from entirely too many perspectives. And none of them were really that interesting. The other big problem I had with this was that I already read this novel once as a kid. It was called Running Out of Time and it was by far superior.
I want to give this another shot sometime in the future, but mostly just because I'll read anything London related.

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