Andrea K. Höst’s AND ALL THE STARS

For those who have been reading my blog for a while, you may recall my Andrea K. Höst mini-glom earlier this year.  Mini only because there were sadly only seven books in her backlist.  And why yes, I think I read them all within a single month (and I have to admit that I’m pretty impressed I actually have reviews up for all of them – I am obviously not as far behind as I thought!).

Needless to say I was all excited for her newest release – AND ALL THE STARS.  And rightly so.

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And All the StarsAnd All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love how Andrea K. Höst tells stories that feel fresh and new, and AATS was no exception – yes, it’s a post-apocalyptic* YA SF, which appears to be *the* subgenre at the moment, but I don’t think I’ve read one quite like AATS.

It’s set immediately in the aftermath of an initially-incomprehensible appearance of an alien tower in the centre of Sydney, and the story captured me from the first pages onwards – I felt as disorientated as Madeleine was, caught in the chaos of the initial incursion, trying to figure out what was happening and somehow survive. There was something vaguely Robinson Crusoe-like in how Madeleine and her new-found friends bonded together and figured out how to survive in the immediate days following the alien invasion – and oh, a fun element of wish fulfillment too, with the teens having free rein in luxury apartments and hotels.

Madeleine’s voice was a key part of my enjoyment of AATS – she was wry and down-to-earth, and I enjoyed seeing her drop her guard and make friends with her fellow Blues. I loved how diversity was the “norm” in AATS – it made the story feel that much more contemporary and relevant. And I liked how the book was very much grounded in contemporary Sydney – it wasn’t just a generic AnyCity setting.

Plot-wise, oh my. I love being surprised and I was. Minor spoilers ahead (highlight to read)I’ll be honest… a page before THE TWIST, I was thinking that this plot is getting slightly predictable, and then *bang* I swear my jaw dropped open. It’s a risky twist in so many ways, but the author totally pulled it off IMO, and it just added so much more depth to the story.

The book did feel a tad slow in places, and I skimmed the passages on the alien politics and history somewhat, but really, AATS was one of those satisfying reads. I cannot wait to see what Andrea K. Höst will release next.

*Estara commented on my Goodreads review that this is technically an apocalyptic SF, as it deals with the events itself – I have to agree.

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9 thoughts on “Andrea K. Höst’s AND ALL THE STARS

  1. Sometimes English just eludes me: This “And it didn’t fail to disappoint.” reads to me that it met your expectation and disappointed you O.o;

    And I say thank you again for your mini-glom, it got me to read the other books ever so much faster after Touchstone. Especially Medair, where the blurb didn’t quite seem my cup of tea.

    • Err… oops, I think you’re correct – I am confused myself. I need to reword. LOL! Shows just how much I proofread my posts.

      I *loved* how MEDAIR ended.

      ETA: Updated the post – thank you for pointing that out 😀

  2. I’m glad to see that this one did not disappoint! And you’ll be proud that I have not only this but Stray waiting for me on my Kindle atm…okay…you’ll be more proud when I actually get to reading them. 😛

    • Oh yay – getting them onto your Kindle is the first step 😉

      STRAY (or rather, the Touchstone trilogy as a whole) edges out AND ALL THE STARS for me, but both are good ones!

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