I read this book last summer and it really stuck with me. This is one of those unknown gems that if more people knew about it would be an instant bestseller in my opinion. All the Birds in the Sky is a futuristic story in which technology has become a physical part of humans existence. A reality in which AI has developed its own consciousness. At its core however this is a love story. It not your typical annoying teen type. A slow burning realization instead.
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Genre(s): Young adult, science fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars
Here's my original review from March 2016:
It's difficult to decide where to start or how to classify this book. But it might be described something like this; the weird, possibly boring book a teacher forces you to read and write journal entries about each chapter. You get confused and feel overwhelmed in places, while in other places you are speechless. But then the final pages make you realize you just read something PROFOUND. Words and a story that will stay with you.
This is an "ah-ha" book.
For me my original "ah-ha" story was The Giver. Charlie Jane Anders has taken our world today, imagined it in the not-so distant or maybe really distant future and forces the reader to really think about life itself. Not just our lives, but life in all its forms. I believe this could easily be a teenagers "ah-ha" book and that any youth would be well shaped and inspired by its messages.
The core question of this book, can technology and nature co-exist, is (ironically?) put into place when you think that: we write on paper (made of trees using technology), using our brains (nature) to type (computers) a story that ultimately becomes a combination of both technology and nature.
If you start reading and feel lost, or get halfway and feel uncertain; trust me and finish this set. It's more than worth feeling a little lost as then when it all comes together you'll feel like it was worthwhile.