The Chaos of Stars
Official Stuff –
Author – Kiersten White
Pages – 352
Series – Unknown at this time
Publisher – HarperTeen
Expected Release Date – September 10th, 2013
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
My Rating – 4 Stars
*I received an advance digital copy of this novel from Edelweiss on behalf of HarperTeen*
This book features one of my favorite topics and automatic go to genres: Mythology (and I tend to have better luck with mythology than fairytale retellings). What’s even better? It’s Egyptian and Greek mythology! (Mainly focusing on Egyptian)
Isadora (don’t call her anything else but Isadora) is the daughter of Isis and Osiris. She grew up on the stories of her parents and aunts and uncles and other gods and believing she was going to be immortal just like them.
Unfortunately she’s human and being human means eventual death. She will die someday, and she had been unknowingly decorating her own tomb. This turns Isadora against her parents, and she is desperate to get away and be free from parents she doesn’t think love her.
Isis has a baby every twenty years, Isadora thinks it’s a for selfish reasons; a baby to raise to worship them because without worshippers the gods disappear. However this time the baby is three years early and Isis sees trouble in her dreams.
This leads to Isadora being shipped off (much to her extreme joy) to San Diego to stay with one of her numerous brothers, Sirius, until the baby is born and Isis calls home safe again. However Isadora has no intentions of ever returning.
Part of the deal of Isadora going to San Diego is she must volunteer at the local museum, which Isis has donated many priceless pieces. During her stay she meets Tyler, (a girl!) who is also volunteering, Tyler’s boyfriend Scott, and Ry.
Ry is unbelievably gorgeous and Isadora wants nothing to do with him. Except friendship. She has no intentions of falling in love (like ever) and does her very best to prevent any sort of relationship between her and Ry.
I liked Isadora’s character. She does come off a bit whiny at times but I imagine it’s hard being the mortal child of immortal parents. The “woe is me” attitude can get old. But she’s pretty funny and has some decent one liners. Tyler and Scott round out the secondary characters nicely.
Not a ton happens in this book for as long as it is. It really seems to be more about Isadora finding herself and her relationship with her parents. There is a climax but it’s a bit rushed and not very actiony. The way it ended, it makes me think there may be more to the books; however I’ve found no confirmation of this.
Each chapter starts out with a little blurb about the history of Egyptian myths (told from Isadora’s POV). Which I found absolutely fascinating.
I recommend this book if you are hardcore into mythology and/or Egyptology. That’s really what scored this book 4 Stars. If you are not so much into it, then perhaps skip it, you may find this book a bit boring.