The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell (2014)
I’m finding myself unable to write complete and coherent thoughts about this book. It’s so complex and detailed, and just one of those stories you need to experience for yourself to understand. The Bone Clocks is told in long sections from various view points, all of which orbit our main character, named Holly. The story starts with Holly as a fifteen year old, and ends up in a dystopian-like near future, with Holly in her 70s. Click here for the Goodreads synopsis. I thought I’d treat this “review” a little bit different, and hopefully entice you to pick this up. Now, on to the 5 reasons you should read The Bone Clocks…
1. It combines several different book genres into one glorious book – contemporary, science fiction, magical realism, dystopian, and so on. It scratches all those literary itches!
2. I can truly say I’ve never read a book like this before, with its unique storytelling technique, relateable dialogue, and intricately woven plot.
3. This is such a slow burn, yet a completely enthralling and compelling read. It’s nice to read a slowish, yet well-paced book sometimes, as there aren’t too many out there that do it this well.
4. I’m a sucker for character development, and it is SO ON POINT in this book. Each section is from a different point of view, and each character’s back story, persona, and current state of things are so well described I found myself completely lost in each unique story. I was always a little disappointed at the end of each section because the time in that character’s mind had ended, only to be swept away again by the next!
5. This is kind of a spin-off to the above point (is that cheating…?), but the subtle ways the characters were connected was just pristine. None of it was in your face, like OOH REMEMBER THIS IT’S IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE!!! It was up to you, the reader, to pay attention and make the connections. David Mitchell is a master at showing the reader the story, as opposed to telling it, and this reader, anyways, truly appreciated it!
Rating: [4.5/5 stars]
Have you read this, or do you plan to? How do you think it will fare in the Tournament of Books?
| The Bone Clocks | Random House | 2014 | hardcover | library |