Published by: Dutton Adult
Year of Publication: September 28, 2010
Categories: Adult, Historical Fiction, War.
Summary (from Goodreads):The first novel in The Century Trilogy, this book follows the fates of five interrelated families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Thirteen-year-old Billy Williams enters a man’s world in the Welsh mining pits…Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House…two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution…Billy’s sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London…
These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.
In future volumes of The Century Trilogy, subsequent generations of the same families will travel through the great events of the rest of the twentieth century, changing themselves-and the century itself. With passion and the hand of a master, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.
Review: I have to start off my saying that I’ve only read two other books by Ken Follett – Pillars of the Earth and World Without End – and I absolutely loved them! The characters he creates are compelling and believable. They bring the time period to life, I feel like I’m right there with them. So I was pretty excited when I got Fall of Giants for Christmas.
I wasn’t disappointed, even though I had high expectations. It was exactly what I was expecting – rich descriptions, unforgettable characters, and plot twists.
Fall of Giants takes place before, during, and after WWI. It takes a time period when a lot happened, and there were a ton of players, and make it easily understandable. The large cast of characters made it possible for Follett to give many points of view, something that I really enjoyed. It’s easy to put labels on people, but because you got to see things from so many different points of view, it made it a lot harder to do that. It definitely gave me a better understanding of WWI.
This is the first book in a trilogy that will span the 20th century. I can’t wait til the next one is released – seriously CAN’T WAIT! I’ve now fallen in love with the characters and desperately what to know what will happen to them next.
If you’re looking for a historical fiction novel that centers on WWI, this is definitely the pick for you.
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Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.