Escape from the Past by Annette Oppenlander

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Escape from the Past by Annette Oppenlander

Escape-from-the-Past-194x300When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realize that 1) He’s been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him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.

To be released: July, 2015

“Fast-paced compelling YA debut.”
Giselle Green, #1 bestselling author of A Sister’s Gift”

“A wonderfully crafted romp to the time of lords, ladies, and knights.”
Lee Ann Ward, author and former Senior Editor of Champagne Books

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This is a great story about a teenage gamer who is transported to 1471 Germany.  Max thought he was beta testing a new video game, but immediately finds himself far from home and modern day.  While desperately looking for an “exit button” or way to pause the action, he must evade detection.  In his contemporary clothing and shoes, he is obviously not a local.  Once it becomes clear there is no simple solution to leaving the game, Max must do his best to save himself and the people that help him, even if they are as confused as he is.

I really loved this book.  I am a huge fan of medieval history, and I especially love realistic accounts of the life and times of people who lived during this time.  It is very easy to romanticize castles and knights and medieval nobility.  In Escape from the Past, the author does a beautiful job of depicting a brutal time before civil rights for women, basic hygiene and healthy diets.   The sights, sounds and odors of 1471 are incredibly descriptive.  About two chapters in, you want the hero to Escape from the Past as much as he does… it will also make you appreciate indoor plumbing, grocery stores and laws that protect citizens from immoral rulers and enforcers.

The action is fast paced, the details are historically accurate and the plot is original and entertaining.  It was fun reading about a modern day Max navigating his way through a tough time and place.  It was also great watching him come of age in an age long ago.  He is both a fish WAY out of water and a marvel to those he meets.

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall trilogy says it best: “Escape from the Past is chock-full of the tiny details that make a story feel realistic and immersive, from the leather ribbons used to fasten shoes to the slimy gruel that formed the bulk of the peasants’ diet….those who love historical fiction or medieval fantasy will certainly enjoy Escape from the Past.”

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Oppenlander-214x300“I was inspired to write Escape from the Past when visiting the medieval ruins of Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany. The old walls seemed to speak to me and when I read about Knight Werner, Lord of Hanstein who’d rescued a beautiful lady from a tyrant Duke, I was hooked.Add to that my sons who are avid gamers and who at the time spent way too many hours in front of the computer. So I asked myself what would happen if a gamer would be able to time-travel and find himself in a medieval world.

The idea of Escape from the Past was born.”

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults. 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.”

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