Monday, July 4, 2016

Review: ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders

A weird and wonderfully crafted fantasy seeped in the lore of love and imbued with the destructive desires of the scientifically mad. 

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is a confusion of genres. Evolving from young adult, to magical fantasy, to sci-fi, to post apocalyptic without settling on either one. It's an approach that could garner criticism as easily as praise. In this instance, it's praise. I like books that keep the narrative fresh and unpredictable, as was the case here. The surreal nature of the book called for this approach and I'm glad the author delivered.

The story revolves around a magical girl who blossoms into a fully fledged witch in adulthood and a young nerdy somewhat reclusive boy with a penchant for technology who turns into a tycoon of the industry. Their history binds them but circumstance and world shattering events are the glue that holds them together, despite being shaky at times. The characterisation is both distinct and apt. I felt like I was reading a tech-fi on one hand, and a magical fantasy on the other. Plaudits to the author for the cleverly crafting.

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY is a book readers of the surreal will definitely want to check out though the appeal will reach a broader audience, such is the weird and wonderful nature of the plot. 

Rating: 4/5 stars

Would I re-read? Yes

Fiction Filed under: Fantastical, end-of-the-world, magic, witches

I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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