"The Chaos of Stars"...A Chaotic Composition

The Chaos of StarsTitle:  The Chaos of Stars
Author:  Kiersten White.
Format:  ERC
Length:  288 pages
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Rating:  3 Stars

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.  -Goodreads

My Thoughts

The Chaos of Stars is a paradox of hits and misses.  While the writing, humor, and mythological references to Isadora's family saga are spot on.  The author's attempt to make Isadora's story contemporary by sending her to San Diego to "live a life outside the pantheon" fails to ring true.

Miss #1
Isadora is the sheltered child of gods.  She has a very limited knowledge of the mortal world into which she is suddenly and unceremonious shoved.  She has just found out that she is fated to live life as a mortal, she is being replaced by a coming baby, and having nightmares about the end of her family.
Yet, the author wants readers to accept her as a run-of-the mill teen.

O.K.  How about not!

Miss #2
Ry is just too perfect for words, but just right for Isadora.  This is not a case of "insta-love".  This is a case of "there are no other choices".
 Poor Ry is a casualty of the "let's get Isadora paired up" club. Isadora finds herself in absolute LUV with Ry at first sight.
What does she do?
She protests!
She fights tooth and nail...she doesn't want to fight, but there will be no insta-love here damnit!
Let's blame her reluctance on the family issues and move on

Miss #3
Ry's big secret that isn't really a secret.  It's m
ore like the elephant in the room that everyone can see.
If readers have a brain cell in their heads or least a few left over mythology Cliff Notes; this will be a no brainer.

This is a book that you either love or...
The family drama, writing, mythology, love story (when there finally is one), mystery, and bittersweet ending  (all of which takes place in the final 30% of the book...if I'm being generous)  are all saving graces that just might make this read worth the CHAOS.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting review. I've read one other on this and it was of similar opinion. I found myself intrigued with Kiersten's newest novel and yet I still never requested a review copy because something made me hesitate. Seems like I made the right move. Hope you enjoy your next read better!


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