Kiersten White creates such fun worlds and characters. The Chaos of Stars first drew me in because it deals with Egyptian mythology. This isn't an area I'm particularly knowledgeable in, but I have not encountered Egyptian mythology in Young Adult lit. I think she did a good job of picking something that had the potential to be entirely original.
Isadora has a rocky relationship with her mom Isis, but that's probably because she's a goddess while Isadora is stuck being mortal. Isadora is eager to begin a life away from her ethereal family in Egypt. After her mom surprises her with big news, Isadora is anything but excited. She is also experiencing strange dreams filled with dark shadows. Isis sends Isadora to live with her brother, Sirus. Even though Isadora is in San Diego while her mother is in Egypt she somehow finds a way to control Isadora's life. But that's how she meets Tyler (a spunky, and hilarious girl that hits it off really well with Isadora) and Ry (who is beautiful blue eyes that Isadora finds dangerous to be around).
White does a great job of making Isadora into a character I've never encountered before, but she still felt familiar. She wanted to stand up for herself, and work hard at everything in her life even trying to get away from her mother. She struggles being away from Egypt, because now that she's by herself she can finally be in the spotlight and it unnerves her. But I feel that any teenager would feel that way.
Isadora's friends are friends that I would love to have. They are fun, and they care deeply for Isadora. They weren't overly perfect in the friend department, because they too had struggles of their own, but White did a good job of making them into people I'd like to meet.
The whole cast of characters (besides Isadora and co.) are wonderfully vibrant, and White does a great job of bringing Egyptian theology to life. Plus, there are the twists and turns that I never saw coming which only added to the story.
Any YA fan, or a fan of mythology will enjoy The Chaos of Stars!
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy, is back with The Chaos of Stars—an enchanting novel set in Egypt and San Diego that captures the magic of first love and the eternally complicated truth about family.
Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she's only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there's no such thing as a clean break from family.
Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars takes readers on an unforgettable journey halfway across the world and back, and proves there's no place like home.