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All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

Now this is a very, very good book. I was intrigued when I first read reviews about a book combining fantasy and sci-fi. But Ms. Anders makes it work. And work well.


The first third has our protagonists growing up in a 'Series of Unfortunate Events' environment. Just when you think it can't get any worse for these kids, it does.


The story jumps to young adult-hood where they meet again and the world is facing catastrophe. Our protagonists are there to help, but are manipulated by others causing multiple crisis. To the world and to their relationship.


With all the back and forth (almost, almost to the point of redundancy) you don't know how it's going to end. How to reconcile magic and science?


And a very good ending it is. Thank you Ms. Anders for a very good time!


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