Although I thought that 578 pages of reading would be a bit much, I have to say that you can fly through this tale. Kivrin, a history student at Oxford in 2048, travels back in time to a 14th century English village. Due to a technical error, Kivrin is sent not to 1320 but to 1348 – right in the path of the Black Death. The story is completely readable and should I say believable. I like the balancing stories of 2048 vs 1348. It is a science fiction novel and a historical fiction novel all in one. Although there is a span of 800 years, some human behavior has not changed very much. It’s a good read.