The Ghosts of HeavenFeatured
A spiraling obsession
What I Loved:
I’m going to start off by saying this isn’t a book for everyone. I have a feeling it will be pretty polarizing in the reviews: you either hate it or love it. When I started the first story about the cave girl, I thought I was going to be in the former group. This story is told in verse, and I’m really not a fan (personal preference here, I know some people love to read that style of writing). But then suddenly I realized I was invested. This girl, though she lives in a simple world, dreams of something bigger.
I had another moment when I thought I wasn’t going to want to continue but was then immediately proven wrong. Starting the second story, I felt a kind of whiplash. The storytelling style was so different and all the characters were completely new that the transition felt a little jarring. But then I realized I was just as invested in the witch burning story as I was in the first story. You begin to see the common threads though as spirals weave themselves throughout all four stories. There are also little easter eggs in each story the stories that refer to the other stories in the book. It’s a bold and unique way of telling a story and I found myself really enjoying it. This book is unlike any I’ve read before.
My favorite story was the final one, which takes place on a spaceship in the future. This really illuminated for me why the GR summary says Sedgwick has a gift for suspense. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what the hell was going on during this voyage that was supposed to be a cakewalk.
What Left Me Wanting More:
It’s been days since I’ve read it and I’m still not sure I understand. I keep going over things in my mind and wondering about what happens after the final chapter. I couldn’t put it down, and yet I also wasn’t able to fully connect with any of the characters. This is definitely one that’s made me feel conflicted. I know I liked it, but I can’t quite explain it.
The Final Verdict:
With unique storytelling and a high concept narrative, The Ghosts of Heaven is sure to be a story you won’t forget any time soon.