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The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman
Pub. Date: March 2011
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At the beginning of The Lens and the Looker, it's the 24th century and humans have finally created the perfect "post-dystopian" society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full-sized recreations of cities from Earth's distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused to planet to die. But not everything goes as planned.
In this first of a trilogy, we meet three teens in the year 2347. Hansum, almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. These three hard cases refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach, so the action starts when they're kidnapped away from their safe world and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy. There they have only two choices: adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are real and many, their enemies powerful, and safety is a long way away. It's hardly the ideal environment to fall in love --- but for Hansum, that's exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them --- or it could change history.