Want-to-Read Wednesdays, ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders

Magical powers, time machines, a hidden academy for the magically gifted…is this Prisoner of Askaban? Why no! It’s today’s Want-to-Read Wednesday book All the Birds in the Sky.

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Goodreads Summary:

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 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.

This summary is…well it’s pretty vague isn’t it? If I’m honest I can’t remember specifically what made me add this book to my Goodreads Want to Read list. I have a sneaking suspicion it was one of those ‘if you liked this then you might like this!’‘ moments.

But I think that the rough ideas sketched out in this summary sound really interesting and if they’re handled well this could be a fabulous book. But I strongly suspect it will be one of those books I read once and then return immediately to the library or indeed to the charity shop. But who knows? It may surprise me!

Have you read All the Birds in the Sky? What did you think?

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