Book review: Kiersten White's 'The Chaos of Stars' a gripping, edgy read
Isadora is 16, bitter and the daughter of Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Added to this is her typical 21st-century lifestyle with attractive San Diego boys, best friends and a museum job at which the newest exhibit features statues of her parents.
In "The Chaos of Stars," author Kiersten White successfully intertwines teenage Isadora’s broken heart with the fate of the world, hashing out subjects such as the inevitability of death, the potential for loss in love and the broken, hedged path leading to forgiveness of one’s parents.
Isadora is furious when she learns her mother — the goddess of motherhood — is pregnant. She is so furious, in fact, that she longs to leave Egypt and live a “normal life” with her brother in San Diego. When her request is granted, Isadora leaves her homeland, thinking she will never return. To her dismay, she discovers she can never escape her mother or her heritage.
From a first-person perspective, Isadora reveals her heartache about how she thinks her parents feel about her. When a teenage boy with an usually keen interest in being Isadora’s friend steps into her life, he helps her unpack her burdens – and design a room in the museum for an Egyptian exhibit.
Besides dealing with her anger, Isadora must gather her courage to battle an enemy. Something sinister is brewing when disturbing dreams and Egyptian gods out for revenge tie Isadora's and her mother’s fates together. Be careful not to miss one of the many twists in this moody and compelling read.
There is a fair amount of sexual innuendo in the book, including mention of incest between various Egyptian gods and reference to body parts. There are no described sex scenes. There is teen romance, which doesn't go beyond kissing. There is one instance of profanity and some mild violence.
White, who is a Brigham Young University graduate, is also the author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, which was on the New York Times best-seller list.
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