THE CHAOS OF STARS
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
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.
Isadora’s your average teenager. Her family on the other hand, is not. Being Egyptian gods kind of singles you out, don’t you think? And being a mortal child to the goddess of rebirth and the god of the underworld, also means you don’t mean much. It’s complicated.
So when Isadora gets a chance to stay with her brother in San Diego, she goes quite happily, but America is nothing like it seems. With the constant dreams of darkness and the strange happenings going on, Isadora learns that the no matter where she goes, her past will always shadow her.
There are those books that leave you astounded when you turn the last page. And then there are the books that make you shake your head at how it failed to meet your expectations. This book just so happens to be the second type.
As you all know, I devour mythology books. They’re one of my favorite subgenres of YA, so imagine how happy I was to get my hands on a copy of this. But THE CHAOS OF STARS disappointed me. Fortunately, not as much as some books have.
There were times when I cringed at how lame some of the dialogue was. And actually shut the book when our main character complained. Yes, I like a couple of characters that have a tendency to complain occasionally. Isadora on the other hand tended to whine about her mortalness on pretty much every page.
THE CHAOS OF STARS isn’t that bad though, I found myself smiling at some of the remarks Isadora’s friends made. The mythology part in the story was actually pretty great, Kiersten White weaves Egyptian tales into the story perfectly.
With that said, although THE CHAOS OF STARS was a novel that didn’t go over the top, it still managed to satisfy me. Should you pick it up? I’d say give it a try – but don’t expect anything serious. It’s more of a light, lame-funny kind of book. Oh well.