Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders || I don’t know what’s happening, but I’m having fun

All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders

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A novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca of San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Publisher: Tor Books

Published: January 20th 2016



“When the world turns chaotic, we must be the better part of chaos.” 

Back in 2014 when I was just starting out as an avid reader, I used to actively search for Twitter giveaways. And this was the first book that I won, so it’s been a while since I’ve read this.

I wouldn’t say this is a re-readable book, because it was weird, but I do remember a lot, mostly specific scenes that made me do a double take.

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“That’s the definition of evil right there: not faking it like everybody else. Because all of us crazy fuckers can’t stand it when someone else lets their crazy show.” 

Now, this book isn’t for everyone. While reading, I had to just look and accept all the things that didn’t get explained, which was the majority of this book. But, I was thoroughly entertained. It doesn’t hurt that I am feeling the minimalist cover.

This book is told through two time periods, childhood and adulthood. Patricia, a witch and Laurence the scientist only have each other during their school days; it’s reluctant, but a friendship is born. They end up getting separated and years later, follow their own paths— Patricia goes to a magical witch school to hone her power and Laurence becomes a prodigy and is invited to work on a machine with other scientist to stop the apocalypse that is to come.

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The entire apocalypse plot was one I was not seeing. Because a lot of things in this book are random, yet when you look deeper, there are so many elements and themes you could elaborate on. Climate change, magic and science coinciding and working together, fate- all wrapped up in this strange monster of a book.

“A society that has to burn witches to hold itself together is a society that has already failed, and just doesn’t know it yet.” 

Now, maybe this is like a genre mash-up kind of book, but I don’t know what this book wanted to be. I know the author mentioned wanting the magic vs. science contrast and discussion, but this also has a magical realism feel to it and when you add that random ass apocalypse… But I digress.

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Out of the two characters, I did prefer Patricia’s story line a bit more, but only because I have a thing for witches and Hogwarts like school (which doesn’t get any page time at all.)

She ended up growing into her own person in contrast to the awkward kid we see in the first half by the time her and Laurence bump into into each other.

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Laurence was that awkward kid who grew into an awkward adult, which I found endearing. Although, I couldn’t get a concrete image of what he looked like, but again it has been a while. Their initial reunion, while a bit random, did make me happy, but the progression of their relationship into a romantic one wasn’t needed.

Click here to see all my issues (which are spoilery 🙂 )

The sex was out of no where. Literally. It was attempted to be explain in one chapter and it was all over the place. YA’LL JUST RECONNECTED…. AND THE ‘I LOVE YOU’S’ WERE THROWN AROUND??? WHAT THE HELL?!


I won’t lie and say this didn’t confuse me. Again, this book isn’t for everyone. Going in with an open mind and just going with the flow, I’d say try it. It was a experience.

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