Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 10th September 2013
Rating: 3 out of 5
Description: 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.
With an emphasis on Egyptian mythology, The Chaos of Stars is a light agreeable read. The mythology aspect is what drew my attention to this book, and Kiersten White delivers an enjoyable story that focuses on the daughter of Egyptian gods. Where there are ancient gods there is sure to be drama. The Chaos of Stars takes the protagonist Isadora on a journey of self-discovery as she grows up and learns to love. Isadora learns a lot about family, love and friendship. Despite being a good read, there were a few aspects of the book that were a little disappointing such as the characters and the ending.
Isadora is the daughter of the Egyptian goddess Isis. Her family has a very complicated history that includes adultery, murder and drama, making her upbringing very unique. However, compared to the rest of her family she is mortal. When an unforseen evil seeks to threaten her, Isis offers her the opportunity to move to San Francisco. Isadora leaps at the chance to be away from her family only to discover that there is no way to escape family. The strongest part of The Chaos of Stars is the mythology and the myths about the gods. I haven’t encountered Egyptian gods as much in my reading so I enjoyed getting to know the tales of Isis, Osiris, Anubis, Set and more. The myths about the gods at the start of each chapter gave us an insight into Isadora’s family history and shed perspective on where Isadora was coming from. Egyptian mythology is vast and rich and I for one would love to read more books about these gods and goddesses. As much as I enjoyed the mythology and Isadora’s journey, the plot left a little something to be desired. The majority of the revelations and excitement happen at the very end of the book. I would have liked to have seen more action throughout the book.
When we first meet Isadora she hates her family and all that they stand for. She believes that love brings nothing but pain. Right from the beginning she embarks on a wonderful character arc where she changes from a bitter girl who scorns love and family to one that is able to accept her family for who they are. Although I liked the character development, I wasn’t particularly fond of Isadora herself. There were some aspects of her personality that got on my nerves. She was mean, abrasive, dismissive and entitled at times. I understand that she was angry at the start of the book but despite her self-discovery she still treated people the same as before. I enjoyed reading about her interior design plans and how she envisioned the changes that she would make to rooms. Her inside commentary about her family added humour to the story.
In San Francisco she meets Tyler, Scott and Ry. Her new friends have an impact on her and bring her out of her shell at little. Ry started off as an interesting character. He challenged Isadora and her beliefs. Their relationship was complicated. Unfortunately by the end of the book my opinion of Ry changed. His revelation came out the blue towards the very end and was not really explained properly. I could have handled the twist if it were explored more in detail, rather than just stated and rushed over. The ending of the book also felt rushed as most of the action happened right at the end and left me with quite a few questions about what was next for the characters. It would have also been nice to see more of the gods.
The Chaos of Stars is a good mythology based book. If you are looking for an easy book to read that is light and breezy than this might be for you.