Cloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land brings together an unforgettable cast of dreamers and outsiders from past, present and future to offer a vision of survival against all odds.

The plot focusses on five characters: Konstance, Zeno, Seymour, Anna, and Omeir. At an unspecified date, many years in the future, Konstance has been living in a space ship called The Argos - her tiny community in peril, she is the last hope for the human race.  

In present day Idaho, Zeno and Seymour are grappling with life's losses.

In the 1400's, we have Anna and Omeir in Constantinople in the midst of a battle, risking everything on opposite sides of a city wall to protect the people they love.

There’s also a myth (completely invented by the author) that connects these characters.

An epic tale about the power of books and the strength of the human spirit.