Book Review: And All The Stars

And All The Stars CoverBook: And All The Stars by Andrea K Höst

Published October 2012|Self-Published by Andrea Höst

E-book|From NetGalley|296 pages

Series: None

Genre: YA: Science Fiction

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Summary: Come for the apocalypse.
Stay for cupcakes.
Die for love.

Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings.

None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world – and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind.

Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.

I loved And All The Stars!  I was intrigued by the summary, and it’s so much more than what I was expecting.  I am so glad I got a copy through NetGalley!

I thought the idea of aliens coming down, building the spires and people who are dyed blue and dyed green and the people who are left alone or are too scared to leave their homes to be really interesting.  You’re immediately thrown into this world where the En-Mott have a master plan, and you’re literally watching everything unfold, but not completely understanding why they’re here and what they’re really up to.

And All The Stars was so hard to put down, and I loved how I wanted to keep reading so I could know what happened!  It really is an interesting take on alien invasions, and I was taken by surprise so many times!  And All The Stars was not predictable AT ALL, which was another great thing about reading it.

There’s just something about reading the apocalypse AS it happens, instead of after it happens.  It really is refreshing to see what’s going on in real time, and there’s also something about a group of people banding together, establishing new relationships and having to trust strangers while trying to survive something completely unknown and catastrophic.

I LOVED a lot of the details.  You have some people who are dyed blue and are always really hungry, and they don’t get along with the people who are dyed green.  I loved the idea of the Spires that appeared at several places all over the world and the different cycles.  Sometimes we don’t get all of the details, and while that would normally bother me, it DIDN’T in And All The Stars.  It just worked really well, and I liked how I didn’t completely know what was going on.

The characters were great, and I loved Maddie.  All of the characters were great, and one thing I really loved was that they were all drawn together because of what was going on and remained optimistic.  At a time when a lot of people would have remained divided, they banded together to figure out their abilities and save the world before it’s too late.  I like that there’s optimism and hope in a world where people were slowly becoming divided.  I loved that they all had something to contribute and that they worked well together.  You really did get a sense that they were in it together, and everyone was equally important.  It’s a nice change from a lot of other books where everything falls to one or two people.  Maddie was a great narrator, and I’m so glad we got to see things through her eyes.  She’s such a creative person, and I loved how artistic she was, always drawing and sketching.

So, a couple more things!  We have an epilogue, which I liked.  You see how things are changing and getting better.  I still have a lot of unanswered questions, and it’s kind of fun to think about what will happen next.  But there’s a part of me that wants a sequel so I can revisit Australia and spend more time with these characters and see the aftermath of what’s happened.

And Australia as the setting was also cool and unexpected.  I would never think of setting an alien invasion/apocalypse in Australia but it was another thing that worked well.  I can’t really explain why I liked it being set in Australia, I just know I liked it!

Final Thoughts:

And All The Stars is a breath of fresh air!  I haven’t come across anything like it, and it was such a fun book to read.  It’s an interesting mix of watching things unfold while not getting all of the details, but it works really well, because Maddie doesn’t know all of the details, and her perspective is pretty limited.  And All The Stars gets 5 stars!

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