Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: January 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Four stories, spiraling. Common threads peak through in each story, besides the ever moving spiral. The four stories are so far away from each other, covering different times and places.
A girl from a tribe, a young woman branded as a witch, a young doctor and an insane inmate, and a traveler into space.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Ghosts of Heaven. I’ll be honest – the cover is beautiful which is why I keep staring at it even when I wasn’t reading it. But I’m not a huge fan of novellas so I was reluctant to pick it up.
Sedgwick kept me reading, entranced in the beautiful writing and often heartbreaking stories. My favorite by far is “The Witch In The Water”. Honestly, I’m not a huge lover of the stories. They did hold my attention but I felt like there was so much more that could be told. This may be more of a reason why I don’t like novellas and not have anything to do with these four stories, I know. Also, in two of the stories, I thought the use of the spiral was a bit glaring and forced. I wouldn’t have minded one or two mentions, but there is a pretty strong mention of spirals, sometimes on every other page and I felt like the shape was beating me over the head saying “Look at me!”
That said, the thing that saved me for this book was the writing. Sedgwick is a beautiful writer, his prose rising and falling like a drowsy sea.
Though I didn’t love The Ghosts of Heaven, I will be reading more of Sedgwick’s books. I have a feeling I’m going to be a very big fan if this writer can make me like short stories.
Rating 6 Good