Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell // Soul-Sucking Genius

Title: The Bone Clocks
Author: David Mitchell
Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Literary Fiction
Warnings: Violence, war
Rating: 5 stars
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The Bone Clocks is something unique and all together incredible. I cannot begin to imagine how much time and thought went into it, because the nature of it is simply astounding.

The book begins with a teenage Holly Sykes running away from home, and ends almost 60 years later when the world is crumbling to pieces. But from that very day in the summer of 1984, the events of Holly's life are shaped by unfathomable forces that don't come clearly into sight until many years later. Her little brother's disappearance, the strange old lady at the docks - everything is connected by a strange truth: that there are beings on this earth that are free from the limitations of time. Split into 6 sections, The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life from the perspective of herself and others that play key roles in it.

David Mitchell was considerate about how he wrote The Bone Clocks. Realism and metaphor blur into one within this novel so that it can easily be mistaken for a piece of realistic fiction. But certain events and actions stand apart that had me question if I really knew what was happening behind the scenes.

The complexity of this story is beyond explanation, although lengthwise it could have been a lot shorter. One amazing aspect of it was that how all of the dots slowly connected to form a puzzle greater than anything I could have initially imagined. The cover of the book also played a part in telling the story, and I praise the artist for including every essential detail to the story in the design.

With the cover and the story, The Bone Clocks is beautiful inside and out. It twists genres and manipulates emotions to form a masterpiece that cannot be rivalled.

You can find this review on Goodreads.


  1. Wow, this book certainly spans a whole lot of years! I am so impressed with and curious to know more. Your review doesn't give too much away and I have never heard of this book myself until now. I'm curious!

    1. That's the thing with David Mitchell books - the reviews never tend to give anything away! I had no idea what I was getting myself into and after reading it I had no idea how I would put all of it's complexity into words. If you have the patience to get through it then it's a really fascinating read.