Thursday, November 1, 2012

Book Review: And All the Stars

Title And All the Stars

Author Andrea K. Höst

Release Date September 30, 2012

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.

Warning: Contains swearing, sexual situations, and Australians.


Whenever I read the description on NetGalley, I was hesitant to request it. I wasn't sure if I was up for reading a sci-fi book. I love a good sci-fi book, but I have to be in the mood for one to really enjoy it.

However, I'm really glad I requested this book. I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. The characters felt real and were relatable. The story was interesting and kept my attention.

I loved that Höst kept the story to a single book. It's becoming more and more rare for an author to wrap up a story in a single book instead of making a series. If a sequel were to come out, though, I would definitely read it.

Though the book was great, I felt like the ending was a little abrupt. It wasn't enough to throw me off completely. I also really appreciate Höst adding the epilogue to finish off the story.


4 out of 5 stars

This book was received from Netgalley for review.

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