And All the Stars
by Andrea K. Höst
Genre: YA Science Fiction (post apocalyptic/dystopia)
Published by Andrea K. Höst, 2012
Synopsis: 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.
“…any more than we can be certain of surviving two years, or two days. I can’t speak to what-ifs, but I know I will always be glad to have been here in this moment with you.”
Fight. Always fight. No matter how impossible the odds, no matter who you’ve lost, how you’ve been hurt. If there doesn’t seem to be a way out, look for one. If you seem to have come to an end, start afresh. Never, give up.”
- Very original.
- I love the tagline: Come for the apocalypse. Stay for cupcakes. Die for love.
- This book is different from other books by Ms. Höst. I think I say that every time I review one of her books! That’s one of the things I enjoy about her writing and why she’s one of my favorite authors.
- The book begins with a bang. The first sentence caught my attention immediately: “Madeleine Cost’s world was a tight, close space, a triangular tube tilted so her head lay lower than her feet.”
- Black towers erupt in cities all over the world. Dust spews out by the towers. It’s not clear what’s happening.
- Surprises me in many places. I wasn’t sure the direction the book was going. There are so many places which surprised me. And I didn’t know how it would end.
- Madeleine is a strong character. She has to figure things on her own at first and even after she finds other people in her situation and becomes part of a group she still is a strong character throughout the book.
- The relationships in the book are great. I enjoy the friendships and romantic relationships.
- Humanity responds to the mystery of the spires and the crisis of people infected in typical ways–mostly in their own self-interest.
- I like this book, but maybe because it’s young adult I think some problems get solved too easily. Even as I state (see above) humanity acts in expected ways, I think there would be more problems with the spires in the cities around the world and I think the end is a little too easy.
- Andrea K. Höst has rapidly become of my favorite authors. I like every book of hers I’ve read so far and as I stated above each book is very different.
- However, I don’t like this book as well as others I’ve read by Ms. Höst. I think that’s because it’s a young adult book. The Touchstone series also by Andrea K. Höst is probably classified as young adult, but it didn’t seem YA to me. I read a few young adult books and have found many I like a lot–and I like this book, just not as much as others by this author.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
I’m participating in the following reading challenges for this book:
- The TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog.
- The Book Bingo Challenge.