I was pretty excited about reading this book as I had read another of Andy Andrews books (The Heart Mender) and really loved it. Unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations. I think a lot of the reason was simply that this book wasn't my style. I like reading about reality. I have never really enjoyed fantasy or any books that waver from known reality. And this book does that. Gabriel (who, just for the record, is very real- we simply don't have many facts about him) plays a huge part in this book and I guess I struggle with the way he is portrayed. Also most of the book deals with people after their death. I am not that found of that sort of story either.
There were some things I did enjoy about the story however. I liked ready about some historical people and hearing more of their stories. A couple of them I had never even heard of before and I really enjoyed learning about them. Andy has apparently done some thorough investigating of his facts and I enjoyed these tidbits of history. I did also enjoy the thoughts on what might be a principle that humanity needs. I am not sure if I perfectly agree with the end conclusion but I enjoyed how the book really made you think.
I doubt I will ever reread this book but I can think of other people in my life that I think might enjoy it. I think it is worth recommending, it just might never be their favorite book. And then again maybe it will be somebody's favorite- somebody with a different reading style than I.
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