The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick is highly recommended by many who read it and so I decided to give it a go. The book is magical in some ways and creates beautiful imagery of the stars and comets for the imagination but it is not without its flaws.
The Comet Seekers claims to be about two storylines, parallel in many ways but entirely different in circumstance. I would say it is about far more than two. The book follows a young boy who feels somewhat neglected by his mother who seems better at hosting her ghosts than her own son. It also tells the tale of a young woman with a rather complicated (and uncomfortable) love affair. I expected the book to be a dream to read but found it difficult since the content didn’t sit well. Sedgwick paired characters strangely — especially as they were in modern times. (You’ll understand if you read it!)
From a literary standpoint it is poorly written with minimal punctuation and not a glimpse of a speech mark in sight! This, I am sure, was written so intentionally but was sometimes confusing and always annoying. The book in general was, however, a clever concept. The magical realism element of The Comet Seekers was interesting– I enjoyed slowly learning about the history of all the ghost characters. The link to the Bayeux Tapestry was also a lovely touch! I wish there were pictures of what the author was referring to though!
The Comet Seekers was not always easy to persist with because it didn’t appeal to me all that much but I am pleased to have read it anyway. The paths of the two protagonists crossing was a wonderful finish, even if I wasn’t keen on either of them. I think I would prefer The Comet Seekers as a film but I will not be recommending the book to anyone.
In need of some book recommendations!