The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.
It’s there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant greendale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world as a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors the hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.
Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. And so, their journeys begin…
Let me start this review by explaining how I read this book. Basically right at the start you get an introduction from the author which explains that you can read the four quarters of the book in any order you wish. Most people will probably still read the book in the conventional way, from cover to cover, but I chose to mix things up a little. I read part 2, then 1, then 4 and finally 3 and I am actually really glad I did. The story still made sense to me, well as much as it is meant to and I think I honestly started and ended with the best of the four stories.
The book has an overarching theme of the spiral. Marcus Sedgwick is exceptionally clever in his writing, something which was made apparent with his previous book She Is Not Invisible (If you haven’t read that please do so. Now.) and something that is reinforced in this book. There are many little titbits that if you aren’t playing close attention you will miss, but thats not to say its a hard book to read. I really enjoyed the theme and what it stood for, how it effected the different characters I met.
I’m having a bad time of things lately with actually concentrating on books and because of this it took me a lot longer to read The Ghosts of Heaven than it usually would have done. It also means that this review is going to be short and sweet I’m afraid as I’m still not right (I’m currently sat on my sofa with tissues stuffed up my nose and a hot lemon drink, I know, sexy right?).
Don’t let me short, and quite unclear, review give you any negative thoughts about this book. I really did love every page. I thought it was weird and clever and though-provoking. I loved the idea of part 4 but it confused me more than it probably should have so that was probably my least favourite part. I adored part 2 and the girl who is the main protagonist of that story but I think that the third part, with the Dr and Charles Dexter was my favourite because of the intrigue that it stirred up in me.
With my final point I will just say that this book is definitely not a YA or children’s book. It’s a bit of a crossover really in that I think that some young adults will definitely enjoy it but it is aimed more at the adult market I think. I think that a few younger readers may not take as much away from The Ghosts of Heaven as readers who enjoy more from their books, but thats not to say that all young adults will be like this. I think that it was a fantastic book and that Mr Sedgwick has once again hit the nail on the head when it comes to a gripping must read, and I implore you to read it if you have read and enjoyed any of his previous books.
The Ghosts of Heaven was published on October 2nd by Orion. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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