Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is not easy reading. It is nearly six hundred pages long and spans 159 years, 1984 to 2043. If you choose to accept the challenge this book presents, you will be rewarded with excellent writing, good stories, interesting characters and a wide plot line with a clear divide between good and evil. Holly Sykes is the constant that unites the six novellas that comprise this book. In 1984 she is a rebellious, boy-crazy fifteen-year-old running away from home. Over the years and chapters, she loses a brother to kidnapping, mingles with the rich and privileged, works at an Alpine ski resort, has a child, marries a war correspondent, is widowed, tours world-wide with her bestselling book, becomes involved in a supernatural battle between the forces of good and evil, and ends up trying to survive in a world ravaged by climate change. Holly was born with paranormal abilities she didn't understand.  Although she rejects anything supernatural, mysterious individuals insert themselves into her life at various times.  She becomes unavoidably entangled in the final battle between the Horologists (good) and the Anchorites (evil). After the battle, the world continues on its self-destructive path. However, the outcome of the battle will eventually affect Holly and her descendants.  

Check out The Bone Clocks @ the library!