Absolutely brilliant! David Mitchell masterfully takes you on a thrilling journey through time and genre that tweaks at the core of the human condition. Like fine pearls, each story shines on its own, and by the final chapter he has strung them into a cohesive strand that sparks your moral center and lays bare your soul for inspection. Cloud Atlas is a gem of contemporary literature that not only leaves you thinking, but thirsting for more. Bravo Mr. Mitchell!
“This is perhaps the most ambitious, complex, and brilliant novel I have ever read. Mitchell takes six completely different storylines, written in six distinct genre styles -- from pulp mystery novel to pidgin English-laden sci-fi -- set in six completely different time periods ranging from the 1800s South Pacific to far into a post-apocalyptic future, and chops them up and blends them to form one seamless, intricate, awe-inspiring saga of humanity. When your copy seemingly ends mid-sentence on page 39, please trust me and keep reading!”
— Seth Marko, UCSD Bookstore, La Jolla, CA