Waiting on Wednesday: ‘All the Birds in the Sky’ by Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky Cover Charlie Jane AndersWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, writer of the superbly penned Hugo-winning short Six Months, Three Days.

Does the author’s name sound familiar? Anders is also io9’s editor-in-chief.

The book itself sounds like a genre-bending exploration of magic, futuristic technology, friendship, love and the end of the world. Read: all our absolute favorite things.

All the Birds in the Sky and its gorgeous cover will be available for purchase starting January 26, 2016.

You can peruse the intriguing synopsis below the jump.

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future.

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.


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