A blend of historical fiction and science fiction that transcends both genres. Willis places a future-day historian in a past environment dominated by the plague. The book’s strengths are a page-turning story line and the humanity of the characters, particularly as they navigate through tough ethical choices. Well-deserved winner of Hugo and Nebula awards.
Stephen King has written a gazillion words over the decades, but none of them come close to equalling this early classic. It’s got a little bit of everything that horror stories use to create tension and a cast that is biblical in breadth. An angel, a devil, a not quite a virgin mother and her workingman husband. A dystopian tale of plague and absolution, with a mostly happy ending. If you haven’t read it before, read it now. If it’s already in your library, read it again. You’ll be glad you did.