Arcadia was a small town, nestled in the countryside, hidden from the bustling life of the metropolis Athens to the north. It was once an idyllic village of hills and apple orchards, a place to settle down, a place where children and families could grow.
One abandoned home, a monument of history and decay, cast its long shadow across the village and hidden forces from darker places plague the residents in their attempt to reclaim the town. Our story begins with a young boy named Vincent, visiting Arcadia after the death of his grandmother. He finds himself as the most recent quarry in a struggle to regain the town spanning the generations of those who came before him.
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What happens when different periods of time converge at one spot? This is what happens in Arcadia by Ellis Sinclair. A small town outside of the big Athens seems to be both a destination. It is also a place that you just can’t leave even if you wanted to. Even when the apple factory closed. When the bustle of the trains stopped. There was still that something that kept people from leaving.
Starting in modern day, or is it? Anyways starting with a woman named Sophie and a girl named Alice, this story takes you back in time to learn about different individuals whos lives all intersect in this small town. A travelling salesmen in 1943 with a story to tell. A young girl trying to make the train when an interesting individual unintentionally stopped her. All of these stories come together to make the modern story happen.
I liked the premise of this story and I think that it could be made into a longer story or even a set of stories surrounding different people. I want to know more about Sophie and I want to know a lot more about Arcadia and if it was the town, if it was fate, or if something else that pulled people together.
Because of the time jumps and how it starts a completely new story, there is a little need for adjustment. After you understand what is happening, the adjustment comes easier with each jump. By the end it didn’t even faze me when the story jumped because I knew it was going to happen. When that Ah Ha moment came for me, I was actually a little surprised. I thought I knew what was going on. When it came out, it was not what I had thought.