Author: Helen Sedgwick
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: The beautiful writing plus the lovely mix of science and story reminded me of All the Light We Cannot See, but happier.
“Róisín and François first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes. While Róisín grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, François was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past. As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.” (Source)
This wasn’t the easiest book to get into. It’s largely told in third person and the glimpses we get of the different character’s lives come in short, staccato bursts. However, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I’m a huge fan of interconnected stories, happy coincidences, and magical realism, so all of those aspects of this story appealed to me. In this particular story, the coincidences didn’t impact the plot much. That made me uncertain it was worth adding in so many unbelievable coincidences. Overall, I enjoyed them though.
The beautiful writing and the way the science of the comets connected to the story reminded me very much of All the Light We Cannot See. I would recommend it to anyone who liked that book and in fact, I liked it even better! I thought it had all the strengths of All the Light We Cannot See, but was also much happier. Even though this story had its sad bits, there was none of the darkness and cruelty that were a part of the other book. I’m having a hard time putting into words why I loved this so much, but it mostly comes back to the writing. It was so beautiful and poignant and serious and lyrical. Other than the comparison to All the Light We Cannot See, I don’t think I can describe it better than that. You’ll all just have to pick it up and find out for yourselves 🙂