Crossings – Alex Landragin

crossingsHow to even describe this book?

It’s actually three interlinking stories spanning time from the 1700s to WWII, from the Pacific Islands all over the world, ending in France. Or, at least, that’s how I read it. It may be different for you.

The preface explains two ways of approaching the story: the usual cover-to-cover way, or, the way I read it, the Baroness Sequence, that hops around to different parts of the story. And yes, you can read it on your Kindle that way. It’s quite easy, as the publisher has little “go here” links when you have to jump to a different page. Which manner should you choose? I don’t know since I only read the Baroness Sequence, but it made my brain explode in the best way possible, so I have to recommend it.

This book is perfect for people who devoured The Seven ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, or Ship of Theseus, or any kind of non-linear brain-ache, even House of Leaves. The characters at the beginning of the story introduce the reader to their gift of “crossing”, which is essentially souls trading bodies. These souls then have to hop into different bodies to escape murderers, or track down a lost love, or escape physical infirmity. I was delighted and enthralled the entire time. It was thrilling, engaging, and stimulating. I took eight pages of notes. If you read that and think, “Oh, YAY! I can’t wait to get started!” then this is the perfect book for you.

Many thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my review.

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