A society that has to burn witches to hold itself together is a society that has already failed, and just doesn’t know it yet.”
Title: All The Birds In The Sky
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Page Count: 313 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.
But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca of San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
There’s something about quirky books that really resonate with me. All The Birds In The Sky completely reflects my personality. I don’t know if any of this is making sense to you as you read this but I’m struggling to put into words how I felt while reading this. But know that it was absolutely amazing and I am so happy I finally grabbed it off my shelf to dive into.
This is a strange and captivating story. It’s not for everyone but it is for those of us that resonate with the wacky and weird out there. Part science fiction, part paranormal/fantasy, part dystopian, part alternate world, maybe a dash of magical realism with a pinch of coming of age, but ultimately it’s about life and love and everything in between.
Whenever I stumble upon a book that makes me think “I don’t think I can compare this to anything else, it’s entirely its own” I know it’s a gem. And will be a book I’ll read again! This one soared onto my favourites shelf before I even finished it.
Two characters, a witch and a scientist meet in middle school. Their friendship is precious and confusing and real. And I loved it. I was completely transported into their world.
My favourite part is the eternal struggle of nature vs science and how it’s touched upon in this narrative. Patricia, the witch echoes nature and Lawrence the scientist mirrors science. Even their personalities and what they say… so many layers to this book. I love the end message and symbolism and the writing is spectacular.
One of the most unique books I have ever read. Love, love, loved it. Highly recommend but remember to expect weird on all levels, kind of like me! This book was as weird as I am and that’s what I loved most about it. I’m going to pretend this book was written as a love note just for my weird brain.