Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy
“We live on, as long as there are people to live on in.”
Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
Okay, let me tell you the gist of the story… 6 story lines spanning from the 1980s to 2040s and each reads like a novella on its own but are linked by our main character Holly Sykes. After running away from home at the age of 16, experiencing her first heartbreak and betrayal she makes a certain decision & meets certain peculiar characters that will affect her in the coming future. As the years pass we see snapshots of her life through other peoples Point of view from an ambitious university student who will do anything to solidify his future, A journalist whose life purpose is to cover war torn countries and a magical world that has been at war for years and they are sort of individual pieces of a puzzle, as you meet each individual they come together to form a complete picture and in classic Mitchell he slays it with class. As an added bonus he places easter eggs throughout the book from his previous works a special treat for those die hard fans 🙂
“Her only friends on the estate were books, and books can talk but do not listen.”
My stance on David Mitchell is simple… I will read anything he publishes it could be a list of chores or the history of dark matter I will gladly read, his ability to tackle mundane concepts turn them into epic tales that inscribe themselves into your brain is absolutely tremendous. I bought this book this year after The storm that is Cloud Atlas wrecked me last year and I was sort of saving this one because deep down I knew I would love it and it solidifies my respect for him not only as an author but as a human being.
“Human cruelty can be infinite. Human generosity can be boundless.”
His sort of structure of story telling is what amazes me… Some writers tend to use it as a filler so as to make the plot move faster but he takes account every character and treats them as their own person. Each voice is distinct and you can separate them easily…. It can be a bit confusing at first because the introduction is usually so sudden but after a few pages, they definitely blend with the story…. Another score for me is his capability to tackle any genre historical, fantasy, contemporary, Sci-fi they just work flawlessly together & it speaks to his ability to see small connections. That’s where his philosophies on life versus death, human connection, religion, war, self-destruction, and morality shine through the characters. They reflect his own views and they are so profound and articulate that I get inspired.
“if you could reason with religious people, there wouldn’t be any religious people.”
I could go for pages about how much I love this book and I couldn’t even compare it to the Magnus opus that is Cloud Atlas because this in it self carries relevance, epic ness, philosophies that will resonate with each individual😌
If you are looking for a generational tale that spans years but told in a unique nonlinear way that will give all them emotions and haunt you for awhile after you finish it I highly recommend this one.
Have you read this or any of Mitchell’s backlog? If not….
Tell me which of his books to read next 🙂
So until next time stay Bookish 😉