Book Review – Edge of Eternity – Ken Follett

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Facts:

  •    Book: Edge of Eternity (Book 3 of the Century Trilogy)
  •    Author: Ken Follett
  •    Genre: Modern Literature
  •    Year of Release: 2014
  •    Read 1098-page hardcover edition in December 2014.

Book Description:

In this third novel of the Century Trilogy, we continue to follow several families from Russia, East and West Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as they have interactions with each other and with the complex and key events of the 1960s through 1980s, from the Berlin Wall divide to rock and roll cultural revolutions to civil rights politics and corruption in the USA to the slow decline of communism in the USSR.  We see the emotional depths the multitude of characters will go to, in order to achieve various goals and make changes in the world around them, as well as trying to find a sense of personal happiness.

Book Review:

This third novel by Ken Follett was truly masterful.  Follett has built upon an amazing series of characters in his first and second books of the Trilogy, which now spans the entire 20th century, and has allowed the characters to flourish (or in some cases diminish), and the result is a wide cast of characters who have connections and who come into contact with each other.  Follett does readers a service with a family tree chart at the beginning, so we can continue to refer to how these various characters are inter connected.   Follett does a great job of showing, not telling, the various key events of this time period, by showing us the events through the characters eyes.  As we care about the characters, we therefore feel a greater connection to the events transpiring around them, whether it’s major global historical markers, or the more personal events of an individual’s life story.  These characters are fascinating for the reader tag along with.  They bring different viewpoints to the table, and often make us think about issues in different ways.  Although in some ways it may come across as too convenient, our characters being with the high powered leaders and movers of the century, as well as sometimes casually connecting with each other, it isn’t truly as outlandish as one might think.  Follett’s writing is really enjoyable for us to read with, and although one small complaint might be this huge novel may have been edited slightly, given there was some issues of slow pacing earlier on, it really was an enjoyable and educational read.  Follett has definitely done his research for this novel.  Wrapping up a huge sweeping trilogy can be difficult, but Follett does a great job tying up loose ends, giving justice and time to characters without making it feel too long or fake. Overall, this is a fantastic series and a fantastic novel, and is enjoyable from a purely entertaining read and also as a way to think about the historical events of our recent past through the eyes of different people and perspectives.

Overall: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars

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