The Chaos of Stars

The Chaos of Stars

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by Kiersten White
     
 

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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. Blending Ally Carter's humor and the romance of Cynthia Hand's Unearthly, The Chaos of Stars

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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. 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.

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you're the human daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of her immortal relatives and their ancient mythological drama, 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Isadora talks a bit like a spoiled California teen, but she doesn’t actually become one until her mother sends her to San Diego to keep her safe. Until that point, Isadora lives in an ancient temple complex in the Egyptian desert—this is because her mother is the goddess Isis, and her father is Osiris. What the danger is and why it apparently follows Isadora to America is unclear, hinted at only in dreams. Isadora would rather think about how much she wants to spite her mother, redecorate every room she enters (she’s an aspiring interior designer), and not fall in love with the beautiful Greek boy, Ry, who’s hanging around. As a character, Isadora is (by design) fairly arrogant and self-absorbed, but she also has a point: it’s hard to understand why immortal parents would purposely give their child mortality. White (Mind Games) uses her technical prowess with narrative forms to break up the story, and she brings an irreverent sense of humor to Egyptian myth. Parents you’re literally supposed to worship? Gross. Ages 13–up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary. (Sept.)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Eloquent in its mixing of Egyptology with the experience of being a teenager, Isadora’s story adds something unique to recent literary trends that blend the ancient world with the modern, and the character development, action-packed climax, intriguing family dynamics, and heartfelt romance will draw in fans of this genre.”
VOYA - Meghann Meeusen
When Isadora's newly pregnant mother starts having worrisome dreams, Isadora realizes this might be her chance to escape her ritualistic home life and move in with her brother in California, where she will be safe and free in a way she has never been before. Yet teenage independence is a little more complicated when your parents are actually immortal ancient Egyptian gods, and soon Isadora realizes that while she is enjoying designing a new museum exhibit and trying to stay "just friends" with an alluring Greek boy named Orion, she might actually be facing more danger than she could ever imagine. The Chaos Of Stars sets the drama of family within a world of ancient deities living in contemporary society, wherein extended families have thousands of years of history and mysticism is very real. Still, the most real part of this novel is Isadora's sense of internal conflict over her relationships—both with the parents she believes are indifferent to her and the romantic interest she resists because she cannot trust in love. Eloquent in its mixing of Egyptology with the experience of being a teenager, Isadora's story adds something unique to recent literary trends that blend the ancient world with the modern, and the character development, action-packed climax, intriguing family dynamics, and heartfelt romance will draw in readers who count themselves among the fans of this genre. Reviewer: Meghann Meeusen
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Life is lonely when you're the 16-year-old mortal daughter of Egyptian gods. Isadora has been constantly reminded of her mortality ever since her parents, Isis and Osiris, showed her her own tomb as a young girl. Tired of her family's long history of feuding and scheming, she is counting the days until she is old enough to get away and live a normal life. That opportunity arrives when some bad dreams and an unexpected visitor cause Isis to send the teen to live with relatives in San Diego because home is no longer safe. Thinking that she is finally out of her parents' reach, Isadora is quickly proven wrong when she learns that her mother wants her to volunteer at a local museum to earn her allowance. Although she is wary of relationships, she can't resist befriending Tyler, a feisty girl and fellow volunteer. And despite her belief that love leads to chaos and disaster, Isadora gets close to Tyler's gorgeous poet friend, Ry. The strong bonds she forms help her appreciate her parents and embrace love for the sake of loving. White cleverly uses Egyptian mythology to depict teenage angst and generational conflict in a light, witty style. Although the characters are simplistic, the themes are clear and well executed. Readers looking for a fresh take on paranormal stories will find a lot to love in this romance.—Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
The relationship between a teen and her parents is complicated--especially if that family is full of Egyptian gods. Despite the promising premise, this latest from White achieves only demigod status at best. Isadora is the daughter of Isis and Osiris, who are unusual parents, and she's not your typical teen either. Her days are an odd combination of interior design and god worship. But although her parents are immortal Egyptian gods, they will let her die instead of keeping her with them forever. This discovery launches Isadora on a petulant, stubborn journey. When Isis gets pregnant ahead of the normal schedule, Isadora won't tell her mother about her dark prophetic dreams. Sent to San Diego to stay with her older brother, Isadora tries to get some distance from her mother while struggling with her feelings for the beautiful, much-too-perfect Ry, a boy who writes epic poetry. Meanwhile, Isadora doesn't pay attention to the signs that someone is after her, not until it's nearly too late and her mother is in danger. It's never clear just who Isadora is; her voice never fully jells into her own, neither modern girl nor ancient child of the gods. Supporting characters such as Ry are flat and two-dimensional, and the danger to Isis is not compelling enough to catch readers up. This novel won't gain the Egyptian gods many new worshippers. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062135889
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/10/2013
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
86,685
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, The Chaos of Stars, and the psychological thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies. She has neither magic nor a pet bird, but wants both. Kiersten lives with her family in San Diego, California.

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The Chaos of Stars 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Chaos of Stars might sound like the usual mythology book, except it is egyptian mythology but is such an easy, breezy read with a great contemporary feel. I personally couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it very quickly. Usually in novels, I don't enjoy the various types of intros in the beginning of each chapter, whether it is a snippet of a poem, a quote, a flashback, or a short story within the actual story. However in The Chaos of Stars, the little intros introduce us and give us background information on all the egyptian gods. I personally never knew much about egyptian mythology, other than knowing who Isis is. However, The Chaos of Stars narrates little stories in such a fun way, through the voice of the main protagonist, Isadora, and you can't help but retain this information. When I went to The Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York this August, I went into the Egyptian section and it was such a fun experience since I knew about all the gods that were mentioned which were on the cards accompanying the artifacts and art pieces there. Going back to the novel, I think Isadora is a very unique female protagonist. She does have her insecurities with her family, since she is the offspring of two gods who have a child every 20 years just to keep the praying and glorification to them going. But other than that, I felt she was a very mature and independent girl. She never really had insecurities with her looks, guys, or 'finding herself'. After introductions for the novel, Isadora moves to California where she starts working at a museum as well as make friends and meet an intriguing boy *oh la la*. Yes, there is the egyptian mythology but it isn't suffocatingly only revolving around that. I personally loved all the characters. They were laid back, and the plot itself was great and I definitely recommend it to all YA readers.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not necessarily on the nook, but on other websites this book is getting a lot of hate because Isadora REFUSES to love anyone, and she refuses to let herself b loved. But i like this book because of that. Ry tries so hard to get to Isadora, and i love that he tried so hard. I also love this book because it has Egyptian gods, not just greek gods which seem to be much more popular. (Nothung against percyackson, i like that series) definitiely five stars!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will not be able to put this books down. It's wonderful.
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Loved it
Kednra More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I'm into Percy Jackson kinda books where you have a child who's parents are gods. And I think this book took a nice approach to the whole thing and it was nice knowing it wasn't going to be a copy PJ To be honest it does have a slow start. But all that really matters is that you make it to the last 50 some pages where the story kicks it into high gear and makes the story worth the wait! I loved the interaction between Isadora and Ry, it pulled at my heart strings even though at parts your just like kiss him already! I would very much recommend this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
super awesome book, loved the way it was written
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Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
A book featuring Egyptian and Greek gods is bound to jump the cue to the top of my reading list and The Chaos of Stars was no exception. The day when Isadora, daughter of two immortal Egyptian gods, realized that she wouldn't inherit her parents' immortality, was a pivotal point in her life. How could she form lasting relationships and commit herself to a romantic interest if she wasn't going to live forever?  The captivating beginning of this book ensnared me so thoroughly that I read through The Chaos of Stars in one day. If the start of the story was excellent, the rest of the book certainly didn't disappoint. There is a highly interesting, well-researched bit of history of the Egyptian gods in the beginning of each chapter.  Isadora’s dreams and visions of past events turning into darkness serves to crank up the suspense. Although Isadora is rebellious where anything to do with her mother, Isis, is concerned, she is by no means vindictive.  She has a deep desire to make friends, form permanent relationships and follow that tantalizing romantic possibility called Ry. Unfortunately, the knowledge that, unlike several of her siblings, she isn't immortal, keeps her from making a commitment. Geeky, stunningly good looking Ry, however, isn't about to let her slip through his fingers.  Although this book is a tale filled with action, suspense and a healthy dose of humor, it also looks deeply at some profound questions about life, living and mortality. The Chaos of Stars is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of tasteful romance, with a whole lot of wisdom and an ever present touch of humor. If the ancient gods and their confusing, often dysfunctional families, interest you, this book should be a must-read. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy reading this book but felt it might be better suited for teenagers.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
I am such a sucker for all books mythology related - I just HAVE to read them to see what sort of spin the author has put on old myths. The Chaos of Stars was an interesting blend of old stories in a contemporary setting, but unfortunately it just didn't stand out enough to me. Reason to Read: 1. A short, fast-paced read: The story moves along very quickly, and it never felt like it got bogged down in mundane details. I easily breezed through The Chaos of Stars, and it was interesting enough to hold my attention until the end.  The problem? For me, it was simply that there was nothing different or unique about The Chaos of Stars. It felt like so many other similar books I've read before - so even if I liked some of the characters, they merely felt like caricatures of others I like better than these ones. I had the exact same problem with the overall story (just too predictable), the relationship difficulties (whether it's between Isadora and her family or Isadora and her romantic interest), and even the romance.  So yes, I chuckled at a couple parts. And I flew through this book. But when I finished it, I could tell this wasn't a story that would stand out in my memory. The characters and story were just too shallow for my liking, and they didn't feel nearly well-developed enough. There was so much potential here with the Egyptian gods, goddesses, and mythology but it just wasn't used.  ARC received from HarperCollins Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of this book, but, once I started reading it, I found the story to be less than engaging.
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AmyO122 More than 1 year ago
Mythology, sarcasm, adventure, romance, and good food... I'm not sure I could ask for more in a book!!  Oh wait, there's also the really flawed and broken main character that is figuring out who she is and what she wants from life.  And there's a swoony boy with dark hair and blue eyes, which everyone knows is my biggest weakness.  I've been a fan of Kiersten's from the day Paranormalcy was published. I thoroughly enjoyed that series. I was intrigued (and a little freaked out) by Mind Games. Which reminds me... I need that sequel soon!! But this book, this is Kiersten's best book so far!!  I've read a couple of reviews that said this book was hard to get into. I didn't have that problem but I can see that the first few chapters could be a bit difficult. There's a lot of background and character information to establish in those first few pages- don't give up, it will be worth it- I promise!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helped star up and asks maple if she has a clan?
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
Hated it. Couldn't make it past page 20.
AliceGrace More than 1 year ago
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” I knew I'd like The Chaos of Stars before I ever read a single word. Even now, I wish I could find something else similar to it. Miss White did an absolutely wonderful job meshing Egyptian mythology with reality. Isadora is the human daughter of Isis and Osiris¿. Apparently, immortality is given by the discretion of her parents and isn't something their children are born with. That definitely makes for an interesting story. I mean, if you're immortal and have the power to make all of your children immortal, why not do that? Devastated that she is impermanent, Isadora has spent the last three years building walls between herself and her mother. After learning that Isis is expecting another child, she takes the first chance she gets to convince her mother and father to let her go live in California with her thirty-something year old brother. It doesn't exactly help things that the rest of her immortal family can hardly remember her name. But when she gets to California, she doesn't feel any better. At this point, she's completely sworn off love and doesn't believe either of her parents love her at all. Love is just an opening for pain. The Chaos of Stars was a beautiful journey about a girl learning that even though she wasn't loved the way she wanted, she was still loved unconditionally. And who better to teach her how to love than the very handsome and kind Ry? Isadora's narrative was wonderful and full of personality. It isn't long before one of her new-found friends starts "discretely" setting her up with Ry. And Isadora finds that she has a lot more in common with him and understands him, more than she thought she would. I've got to hand to Ry, he is one patient dude. He never pushes her, he listens, and he tries his best to help her. He really genuinely tries to be her friend. I'll admit, I pretty much saw Ry's background coming for probably half the book but it wasn't confirmed till towards the end. But, honestly, it wasn't that big a deal. I was worried there for a bit that the ending would be anti-climatic. Things seems to wind down not long before they actually began. But then Isadora started realizing that her initial thoughts were wrong and it all becomes a race to get back to Egypt. And things just kept going until the last few pages or so. Honestly, Miss White left me completely satisfied and wanting more of this young adult urban fantasy with a twist of mythology from her.