I made an honest effort to read this book, but closed it for good after less than 100 pages. Teen runaway Holly's story was interesting at first, but then the bad science fiction/dystopian/mystical/paranormal drivel took over, and it all became too modern, or post-modern, or too smugly literary, for my taste. The plot was often silly, as well as being contrived, murky, and confused. It was dragged down by symbolism that was no doubt intended to be deeply meaningful, but that I found opaque and overblown. This was my first book by Mitchell, and I won't be attempting another.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell follows the story of Holly Sykes from her rebellious teenage years into her old age and in the context of the role she unwittingly plays in a centuries old conflict. Some sections of the book read better then others, but overall, a bit of magic and fantasy combined with Holly's gritty life story make for a great read.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/09/the-bone-clocks.html
Reviewed for GoodReads First Reads program