Title: The Bone Clocks
Author: David Mitchell
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Setting: It spans a time of almost 60 years all over the globe.
From the Publisher: Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and 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.
From Me: I have a definite love/hate relationship with this book. First of all, the book’s blurb is totally misleading. You think, from reading it, that this is a story about a teenage girl. Umm. No. The blurb covers a very small fraction of the book and after that, everything is mostly a surprise.
Okay, okay. Hold on. First of all, this is my first David Mitchell novel. I absolutely love his writing style. It’s poetic, lyrical, and sets the mood and tone without being pages upon pages of describing a tree. I’ve read/listened to/watched a lot of reviews for this novel and a lot of readers don’t like how the story is told from multiple, first-person perspectives. I thought Mitchell pulled it off beautifully and the jumps from person to person and through time conveyed many emotions: loss, urgency, suspense, to name a few.
The story is about Holly, but it’s so much more than that. It’s how her running away from home is like a ripple in a pond and how those ripples affect various people connected to Holly in one way or another, and how it affects events through the course of 60 years. THEN, towards the end, Mitchell politicizes.his story and this is where the “hate” part comes in. If you want to write a story about global warming, sustainability, and generally how humans are the scourge of the earth, by all means. But don’t dump it, unexpectedly, on your readers’ heads. I would have given this novel a very solid five hearts if not for this element and this is why I only give it four. It really bugged me and I suppose that’s unfair because this is a personal issue, but I stand by it. I really felt dumped on by Mitchell’s political agenda.