All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is strange, brilliant and completely epic, following the adventures of its two protagonists from adolescence to adulthood, with the end of the world thrown in for good measure. The story begins with Patricia and Laurence as children, discovering the world of magic and science respectively. Over the course of their teens and twenties, these two characters strike up an unlikely friendship, lose touch and then reconnect. I loved how Patricia and Laurence understood each other despite their outward differences and how, through them, the very different ideologies of magic and science – whilst still being fundamentally at odds – begin to mesh together. I also liked how the story was resolved in a surprising and satisfying way but with an ending that’s just open-ended enough to leave you guessing what happens next.

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Originally posted to Tumblr on 11 February 2016