And All the Stars
by Andrea K. Höst
Come for the apocalypse. Stay for cupcakes. Die for love. Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings. None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world - and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind. Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.
Spires have appeared out of the ground and a dust has settled on the city. Maddie was put side when it happened and now with the survivors she is trying to survive and figure out what is going on. No one know for sure if it is aliens or what the purpose of the spires. Maddie is being cover in blue patched that show different stars. She has lots of power and doesn't know why. There is some like her with blue patches and some with green each is affected very different. Joining with new friends Maddie is bound and determined to figure it out.
The cover will pull you in on this book. You wonder about the blue on her face and what it means. I have to say after reading the book it fits it perfect. At first you know something has happened but you aren't sure what. The more you read the more you start to figure it out. I love how Maddie begins to make new friends and allies during this time. She is confused and at times scared but she doesn't let it get the best of her. She works her best to see what is going on and to fix it. I love the interaction with her and the others. This story just gets better as you read. By the halfway point you don't want it to end. Of you have never tried a sci fi YA book or just like them I will say you should pick this one up. I don't hear a lot about it and I think more people should know about it.
4 out of 5 Bats~ Pam