When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realize that 1) He’s been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game’s rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever.Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets’ nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.
This is a fun, exciting and fast-paced read. I was so worried that I might not be able make it to my blog tour date, but I managed without rushing my reading progress.
Escape From The Past was about the adventures of gamer, Max Anderson. One day, when Max was playing a video game created by his friend’s father, he was suddenly taken into a different time dimension. Max was taken back to the medieval era of the place he used to know.
The story was different, but still reminded me of Sword Art Online. In Sword Art Online the gamers are fully aware of them being taken to the world of the video games they play, while on the other hand, Max didn’t have, in any way, an idea how the hell he was taken inside the game. When I was still in high school, I used to play lots of video games, and I also wondered how awesome it would be to be there inside the actual game. lol
This was set in Germany which was also interesting because I’ve never read books set in the said country before. Add to that that we get both the modern and historical Germany. Max gave me just the right adventure of what I should expect if I were the one inside the game. Good writing style and
characters are also bonus.
If there’s anything I didn’t like about the whole thing, it’s the POV conflicts. I wasn’t sure if the copy given to us was ARC or pre-proofed copy because there were POV errors. Surely, Max was the narrator, so it’s a first person POV, but there were certain confusing times when it suddenly shifts to 3rd person out of nowhere. It’s okay for me though. It wasn’t like I was getting too lost, but it’s hard to ignore sometimes. lol
Anyway, overall, I had great fun and adventurous experience while reading Escape From The Past, and I’d love to give other Oppenlander books try.
Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults and anyone who loves stories set in the past. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”