Monday, April 4, 2016
All the Birds in the Sky
author: Charlie Jane Anders
average rating: 3.67
book published: 2016
read at: 2016/04/04
date added: 2016/04/04
'All The Birds In The Sky' by Charlie Jane Anders gives us two quirky protagonists, one on the fantasy side and one on the science fiction side. The book follows them through their lives as the meet and part and meet again.
Surviving a rough childhood can help you make friends. In this case, Patricia, who has a talent for magic, meets Laurence, who leans towards science. Their circumstances bring them together, then as they go to different schools, we expect that they won't see each other again.
That all sounds fairly normal, but the writing has a sort of self-aware quality that comes across as light. This would have been pretty good except for the things happening in the background. Things are dire and bleak, but they are still light and frothy in the foreground. Add in the fact that I felt like sometimes the really interesting stuff was happening outside of the confines of written story, and I felt torn on how to feel about this book. I alternated between really liking it, and not liking it. When it was all said and done, I thought it was just ok.
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