Chosen by Mr. Tom Rokins.
What Tom says: 'It's awesome - an epic journey of six lives, ranging from a colonial-era American visiting tribal islands, to a political thriller in 70s California, to a dystopian hyper-capitalist Korea, full circle to a post-apocalyptic world filled with tribes. Each of the six stories is inextricably linked to the next, but what makes it special is that they're sandwiched - you get the first half of the first story, then have to wait until the last chapter to pick it up again. Only the middle one is given in full. It's really exciting, especially the third and fifth stories, and spans so many eras and genres that it's hard to get bored. Won't be for everyone but I massively recommend it!'
Amazon blurb: ''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 Reagans 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 others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanitys dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.'
This is another book which I already own & am still yet to read, however, it's now definitely moved a lot higher up my 'to read' pile. Have you read this book? What did you think?
What's your 'must read' book? Let me know via twitter :) any author, any genre, any year of publication, let's make this collection of books as diverse and exciting as it can be.
Buy Cloud Atlas from Amazon.