What exactly IS a cloud atlas? "The ever-changing manifestations of fixed human nature." (Thanks Wikipedia.)
If the visual merits of the trailer don't sell you (Sarah squeed just at the sight of a ship on water, she's got it bad, folks) here are some reasons why we think Young Adults will love this book:
1. Sweeping human themes of inter-connectedness, but also predation. Who better to approach these topics than a young mind, fresh and insightful? (You philosophers, you).
2. There's a Love story (all good stories do, in one form or another).
3. It's humorous (if you're a fan of British wit and whimsy, which you totally should be).
4. It's Post-Apocolyptic (hello, um, YA dominates this genre), but also genre bending with mixes of historical, mystery, thriller, contemporary, and sci-fi. About covers all the bases, right?
5. It's going to make you Smarter. Honestly, when you finish the book you will understand ALL THE THINGS (and if you do, please explain them to us).
P.S. We would be remiss if we didn't warn that there are some things in the book that some parents might not want their Benny's and Joon's to read. Humans are kind of messed up to each other, and that's certainly depicted in the book. We're not going to stoop to "rating" this book for you, but it probably won't appeal to readers under 15. Just saying. And if you're like us, this will ultimately be Reason Number Six to read this book (Sarah...encouraging mischief since 1979).