I loved “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr! This book is like a puzzle box that you are dying to solve, with a cast of characters that will steal your heart and a plot that that is rich, complex and beautifully interwoven.
It is a tale of survival and hope in the face of impossible odds. The book follows the journey of five characters, including a teenage girl in Constantinople, a young boy in present-day Idaho, and an astronaut hurtling through space. Doerr’s writing is so mesmerizing and immersive that you’ll feel like you’re right there alongside the characters.
This book is so poignant with heavy themes explored here, like war, grief, and the fragility of life. But even when things get dark, Doerr’s writing shines like a beacon of hope, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, there is still beauty and goodness to be found. And the surprise ending was absolutely perfect to me. Definitely a must-read.