Saturday, 15 April 2017

Book Review: The Bone Clocks


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Amazon
So I did a little reading whilst I was in sunny Marrakech. I actually took three books with me but The Bone Clocks actually kept me entertained for most of the holiday. Also, admittedly for a few days before I left. I couldn’t help but share it with you, so here’s the first book review on the blog.

The Bone Clocks starts in 1984 and ends in 2043. Each chapter being a different year or period of time and with the central character ‘Holly’ making an appearance throughout. Each chapter is written from a different characters perspective and covers many different topics, but centers around life and reincarnation.
Our story starts with Holly’s perspective. She runs away from home following some teenage dramas. Then the story really begins to unfold when she starts having day-mares and remembers a doctor called ‘Marinus’ who helped her to stop these visions and voices as a child. The first chapter is a great introduction to the heroine. If we can really call her that as she is pretty clueless for most of the book. It provides a really good insight into her life.
You get to meet some really interesting characters known at the Archorites and the Horologists in a good vs. evil scenario throughout the book. It isn’t really until chapter 5 that you are allowed to fully understand the clues left throughout the pages as to who these two groups really are.
The Bone Clocks can be hard to follow at times because of the change of perspective in each chapter. This intrigued me more (at first I thought I was reading a completely different book). Once I’d gotten over the change in character I accepted that this is how the author chose to write the book in order to follow Holly. If the entire book had been written from Holly’s perspective it would have been much more confusing, possibly boring in parts. This style enabled the writer to give each of the characters more personality. And for the reader to understand the backgrounds and motives of each character.
The characters are from various backgrounds. Holly, is from a working class background and used to living in a pub, having a fairly ordinary teenage life. Falling out with boyfriends and friends, going to her local secondary school, having a little trouble at home. That really does change when she runs away and then things start to become a little strange.
Another character, Hugo Lamb, is a stark contrast to Holly when you first meet him. He comes from a fairly wealthy background and is attending Cambridge University. What nobody understands about Hugo Lamb is that he is quite a two-faced man. This becomes more apparent as time goes on. Hugo knows how to look out for number one and that is all he concerns himself with. Later in the book we get to see how he sacrifices his friends and his life for immortality. It is surprising how he becomes entangled in Holly’s life and, towards the end, how he is almost willing to sacrifice himself to find his way back to what he once had.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I think the one thing I will tell you all is to stick with it. Once you hit the second chapter, you will have that moment of ‘what is going on?!’. If you ride it out the story is absolutely brilliant. The last chapter of the book really explores what happens in the future and I must admit the writer creates a side to the future that I had not considered before. I think this is a book that you settle into rather than an easy read, so if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary then this could be the one for you!
Have you read any good books lately? Let me know! I’m always looking for a good read.

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