The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Summary from Goodreads:

A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future.

Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and into the future in the book’s final section, set upon a spaceship voyaging to settle another world for the first time. Merging Sedgwick’s gift for suspense with science- and historical-fiction, Ghosts of Heaven is a tale is worthy of intense obsession.

I am whole-heartedly recommending this book. I’ve never read Marcus Sedgwick before and I was really impressed with this.

This novel contains four stories that can be read on their own. I took about a week to absorb it all. The thing about the four stories is that they are so different in feel and voice, and they are linked through imagery and a good sense of foreboding.

The intro says you can read the four stories out of order. I read them in order, and I would suggest other people do the same. Mostly because the last story was INCREDIBLE.

While categorized as a YA book, I found this book plenty literary that it would definitely appeal to adults. (As if YA books don’t. But that’s another post for another day.)

I am so pleased Macmillan sent me the ARC of this one. I can’t wait to pass this along to my husband. I’ve already demanded that he read it.


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