I was not the right audience for this book since it read like a Young Adult novel. So for all of you YA fans out there, you will most likely love this one! For me, much of this 637-page book plodded along, but the ending was very good. My biggest disappointment came from how much I enjoyed Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, which is a historical fiction novel. Cloud Cuckoo Land is a strange mix of historical fiction, current issues involving global warming, and science fiction.
The story deals with five different characters, who live in the past, the present, and the not-so-distant future. Their stories are tied together by an ancient Greek tale about a foolish shepherd named Aethon who longs to visit a place called Cloud Cuckoo Land. Anthony Doerr dedicates this book to all librarians and uses all the characters as examples of people who realize the importance of preserving stories.
Thanks to NetGalley, Edelweiss +, and Scribner, the publisher, for my advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr will be published on September 21, 2021.