The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell7

Review :: The Bone Clocks

Written by Elke

Warning: This review contain spoilers

The Bone Clocks was not entirely what I expected after having read the synopsis. Somehow I expected a continuous story about Holly. But - as I’ve read „Cloud Atlas“ too, I should have known better. The first four parts of the book weren’t bad but very unexcited - all stories developed so slowly. This changed with part five of the book and in secret I wished the book had started like that because now it quite accelerated. The reader was introduced to Horology, its history and the ongoing war so that it was really an intriguing read. The ending was Hollywood-like - a bit disappointing, I’m really sorry to say that. Considering the entire book, I liked it nevertheless. I really admire the style of David Mitchell’s books.

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The Bone Clocks

World Fantasy Award 2015.

A metaphysical thriller.

The stunning new novel from the author of Cloud Atlas, at once the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman's life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival.

One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its spellbinding and memorable best.