Saturday 20 July 2013

Book Review: The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R Lyster

Title: The Inevitability of Stars
Author: Kathryn R Lyster
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: 1 August 2013
Pages: 285
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Contemporary/New Age    
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.

Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.

In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.

Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.

Heartbreaking and haunting,
The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Inevitability of Stars is a book that I just cannot make up my mind about. I loved the writing which was atmospheric and deeply engaging, but I just couldn't make myself believe in the story which was either too fantastical or not fantastical enough, depending on your point of view.

Perhaps it's merely that I'm not into the New Age scene and so couldn't immerse myself in the ideas that were being presented; for all that I enjoyed the prose.

If New Age isn't your thing, this may not be the book for you, but if you mind is open to such things, or if you'd simply like to enjoy some good writing, then I can recommend giving this story a try.

I received this book as an ARC from the publisher.

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