And All The Stars
Andrea K. Höst
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YA/New Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy Adventure
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About the Book:
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.
In a unique twist of a non-dystopic apocalyptic story, Andrea Host has created a series of characters that will grab your heart and imagination and thrust you into the midst of the action. Although this is very much an ensemble cast, one of the favorite characters for me was Madeline: smart, capable and beautifully flawed, with a core of strength and goodness that enhance the woman she will become. The other characters that she befriends along the way are all uniquely defined, described and voiced: what develops is a truly diverse cast of characters who all understand the value of friendship, cooperation and above all safety and comfort in numbers.
With several mysteries surrounding the characters, there are several twists that reveal the skill with which the author has led the reader to the dissolution of the relationships that all make sense once the backstory is revealed. Although there are some active moments, the majority of the pacing and adventure from this book all derive from the multi-cultural and diverse characters and you will find yourself without a singular clear character to declare a stand out favorite.
Emotionally impactful without being overly angst ridden, this is a book that will be enjoyed by many.
I received an eBook copy from the author via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.