I don’t think I’ve read one of Emily St. John Mandel’s books in a while. I forgot how much I liked her.
I just randomly downloaded the Audible app and signed into my sister’s Audible account the other day. It’s actually my Amazon account, so it was really easy to do, and don’t worry – I had her permission. I can’t imagine that she bought this book though. I think maybe I got it at some point for free? Or as a bonus for something? Amazon does weird incentive book stuff sometimes.
Anyway, this was one of those books where I started listening to it, then had to go back to the description a few times because I had absolutely no idea what the heck it was about. It’s split up into a bunch of different sections narrated by different characters. It took me a while to figure out what the heck was happening though, and how they all connected.
I’m not really one of those people who likes a lot of detail about stuff (hence my occasional trouble with Mr. Stephen King), but this book didn’t bother me. There are certain parts that probably could’ve been pared down a little bit, but overall it wasn’t bad.
We start back in history with a man travelling from England to Canada, where he was banished for having opinions. He’s just kind of wandering at first, but then he comes across an anomaly. It’s this anomaly that threads through all of the character’s stories. The way it was all tied together at the end was pretty brilliant, and it cemented my love of Emily St. John Mandel as a storyteller. I’d definitely recommend this and it’s not too long either!