Title: And all the Stars
Author: Andrea K. Höst
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Note: Recommended for older teens
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.
On her way to her cousin, Tyler, to paint him and win the Archibald Prize, Madeleine’s live changes forever. The moment she takes a train-ticket from the automate, the whole platform collapses, taking her with it. When she gains consciousness a while later, she’s all alone and dust is everywhere. The biggest surprise is the blue wall with stars that’s suddenly in front of her, which sends her flying when she tries to touch it.
In the days that follow, the dust’s effect becomes clear. Madeleine’s whole body changes. And when it stops, she’s mainly blue with stars and receives powers that she can’t control. But not everyone is as “lucky” as she is. Some people became a “blue” just like her and others became a “green”, however most people didn’t survive and died. And it’s not just Sydney where a Sphere appeared out of nowhere and dust rained down from the sky, it happened all around the world. But no one knows what exactly happened or who did it…
When Madeleine meets some other blue survivors, they band together and try to live in a city under quarantine, cut off from the outer world. But just when they think the worst is over, danger strikes again. And the reason for their change becomes very clear… Madeleine and her friends have to fight for their lives……
Wow…. *deep sigh* This still this doesn’t describe what I experienced while reading this phenomenal book. Although the start was a bit rocky, cause, just as Madeleine, I had a bit of trouble with getting my bearings. What just happened and where is she? However, the moment everything started to make sense the story took me by the hand and I was dragged along. And it wouldn’t let me go. There was no moment to breathe, no time to rest, to process everything that happened. This continued till near the end. Then I had to stop with a gasp and tears in my eyes. Wow what a twist! It changed the whole story! It was a huge shock! And I just couldn’t continue until I processed all the consequences, rewritten all the scenes in my head. This book is definitely one of the best I’ve read!
It was great to experience how Andrea K. Höst managed to create a feeling of safety for Madeleine and her friends. And disrupt that safety the next moment. It was just an illusion. This cycle repeated itself time after time. And every time I fell for it. Every time I thought, now they would be safe, hidden from the Moths. And every time I was brought back to the edge of my seat. You just didn’t know when you could expect the next attack, the next discovery, the next adversity. Which made it almost impossible to put the book down till you read the last letter. You just had to know if everyone made it.
The Moths, who they are, how they look like, what their reasons are. Everything is told in such a detailed way. Nothing is overlooked or forgotten. It’s a solid story. A story that makes you marvel and feels very believable, like it could really happen. A story that makes you think what the consequences for you and your family would be, if it happened. It stays with you, even after you finished reading.
And then there’s Madeleine. She feels so real, like she’s an existing person, not a fictional character in a book. Madeleine is also very normal, at least before she turned blue ;). This made the story much more intriguing. Especially since you can see her grow. From a timid wallflower to someone who’s not afraid to make choices, who’ll be there when her friends need her. It’s easy to care about her, to encourage her, hug her when she’s down. She’s a character you can only love.
5 HEARTS. The story fits together. It doesn’t let you go, once you’ve started. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s full of surprises and has a lovable main character. In other words: an excellent book. There are so many things that I loved about it, but I won’t tell them. You’ll just have to experience it yourself by reading it!
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