Why this book?
No other book could come first on this list, because this was the book that changed my entire perspective on what speculative fiction could be. When I first picked up this book as a high school student, I had never seen anything like it: six loosely connected stories, a clever nesting-doll structure, a unique blend of sci-fi, mystery, and historical fiction. Most importantly, Cloud Atlas is, like all David Mitchell books, full of empathy and hope. Even the bleakest and most brutal storylines offer moments of grace, suggesting that, even if we can’t always save ourselves, we have the ability to save each other.
Why should I read it?
9 authors picked Cloud Atlas as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
Six lives. One amazing adventure. The audio publication of one of the most highly acclaimed novels of 2004. 'Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies...' A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified 'dinery server' on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation - the narrators of CLOUD ATLAS hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great…
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