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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Suggested by: Mass Media

Rating (out of 5): 2.5

Genre: Fiction with a hint of Science Fiction

I need to stop reading books just because the mainstream says they’re awesome. Sorry to sound so hipster, but it’s really true. Unless a fellow reader (and I mean a fellow reader that I trust, not the people on my Facebook who love 50 Shades of Gray), suggests a book to me, I need to just stay away and not waste my time. I devote a lot of time and energy and emotions into reading; so when I read a book I don’t care for it can be quiet upsetting. Needless to say I picked up Cloud Atlas because it was all the hype with the TV, Internet and News due to the recent release of the movie version. While this wasn’t the worst book ever, I can see why the mainstream liked it. It was kinda like Great Gatsby in a sense. (Don’t get me STARTED on Great Gatsby).

So. The book has a great concept. It follows 6 lives of a reincarnated person. Somehow each life happens to obtain documentation or knowledge of their most recent previous life; but it’s more like they suspect that person is them, but don’t really care or investigate.  The first half of the book tells a portion of each life (starting from the oldest),  cutting off at an interesting part; only to come back in descending order after the sixth story, which seems to be the last “life” of the person.

The author stayed true to the “time periods” of each life as each language style was different. This unfortunately caused me to really struggle with reading the book though (especially in the beginning), as it’s really hard to understand what “wh’l then we cat’rd dowyn” means. True, hooked on phonics gets you there, but let’s be real, I don’t want to have to work that hard to read a book. It should flow, not struggle.

Thankfully there was a really awesome Asian Science Fiction life that kept me captivated. That was definitely my favorite part of the entire book, other than the overall neat concept.

While I didn’t exactly looooove the book, it wasn’t horrible. It was just a struggle to get through the book due to the writing style. Other than the Asian portion every character just pretty much complained about how horrible their lives were and constantly felt like they were failures, etc. etc. I hate pity parties, ESPECIALLY in written characters. Those two things combined are why I did not enjoy the book that much. Let’s just say though, that if you liked 5o Shades of Gray, or The Great Gatsby, or other media endorsed books, you would probably like this book. That sounds kind of harsh, but it’s not meant to be. Not everyone loves to read as much as I do, this book is good for those who like to read an occasional book every year or so. The end.

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Written by tinkypears

May 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Posted in Book Review

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