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Conceived to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the “Year Without Summer,” this iPhone/iPad app tells the story of the famous summer Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and their companions spent in Switzerland -- the summer the world was supposed to end.

In book mode, you may read all of the content from beginning to end.

In notification mode, the story of the “Year Without Summer” will unfold as a series of notifications appearing on your iPhone or iPad. Notifications will arrive in “real” time concurrent to the dates and times the events actually took place in 1816, from Claire Claremont’s romantic pursuit of Lord Byron to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s writing of Mont Blanc to the famous night when Mary Shelley had a vision of Frankenstein’s monster in response to a ghost story writing challenge issued by Lord Byron.

Each notification will unlock new content.

You will follow the journeys of the group across a map of the region, encounter the daily weather from 1816, and read original source material: the journals, letters, and literary works of Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Dr. John William Polidori. In this way you can experience the travels of Lord Byron and his entourage as if you were contemporaries.

Once the summer is over, you can continue to explore the fully unlocked content at your own pace or choose to reset the story and start over the next year.

*This app does not contain any ads or in-app purchases.

iOS Store Category:

Primary: Entertainment

Secondary: Books

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Version History

Launched May 08, 2016 (over 4 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 4 months, on average.

Apr 30
Version 3.0

- Changes behavior of real-time view to always start on May 6th of the current year
- Fixes visual glitch during orientation transition on smaller devices
- Happy Birthday Frankenstein!

Nov 30
Version 2.0

Version 2.0: Now that the summer of 2016 is over, you have the option of unlocking all of the content (book mode) or re-living the experience (notification mode.) You can switch between them freely. Enjoy!

Jun 17
Version 1.4

• Now remembers your fahrenheit / celsius unit preference
• Minor content update (fixed typo)
• Extra monstrous
• Happy 200th anniversary of Frankenstein!

May 21
Version 1.3

Fixes a timezone issue that was causing some content to appear on the wrong date for some users

May 18
Version 1.2

• Fixed sort bug that caused some content to lack fwd/back button in story mode
• Changed precision on temperature display
• Fixed alignment of splash screen
• Added "tap date twice to go to today"

May 09
Version 1.1

• Added credits
• Updated splash screen
• Minor cosmetic/UI fixes
• Lightning works better on iPad pro

May 08
Version 1.0

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