Outcasts as young teens, both Patricia and Laurence discover they have special abilities. Patricia is a witch that can talk to animals and transform into a bird. Laurence is a gifted science and computer nerd, who builds his first “two-second time machine” while still in elementary school. Although their abilities initially drive them apart, the two reconnect while living in San Francisco ten years later.
Charlie Jane Ander’s new novel, All the Birds in the Sky, is set in the near future, as climate change and international conflict threaten the existence of both humans and the earth as a whole. Laurence and Patricia must both harness their powers to build a viable future for humanity, while also bridging the gap between the “science” and “magic” communities.
As the editor of i09 and the winner of a Hugo Award for her short story “Six Months, Three Days,” Anders is very familiar with both sci-fi and fantasy. This playful book celebrates geek culture while also genuinely addressing the limitations of the genre – a great summer read!
Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby
Challenge: Book published in 2016