All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

By Charlie Jane Anders

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a beautiful novel concerning the finish of the world—and the start of our future
Childhood pals Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't anticipate to work out one another back, after parting methods less than mysterious situations in the course of highschool. in any case, the improvement of magical powers and the discovery of a two-second time computer may infrequently fail to alarm one's friends and families.
But now they're either adults, dwelling within the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling aside round them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's operating with a bunch that goals to stay away from catastrophic breakdown via technological intervention into the altering worldwide weather. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically proficient, and works with a small band of different magicians to secretly fix the world's every-growing diseases. Little do they discover that whatever greater than both of them, whatever began years in the past of their adolescence, is set to convey them together—to both keep the area, or plunge it right into a new darkish ages.
A deeply magical, darkly humorous exam of existence, love, and the apocalypse.

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There were long periods of dull routine in the camps around the Refuge; and there were times when they shook the dust of the ordinary off them and rode out into the world. But whatever they did, they had the watchers in the heavens with them, in their heads, hearing what they said, making records. Ian and Luz could speak to them, through that means. And they had that other observer, the Ila’s au’it, the recorder of their travels, herself both old and young. She slept, or not, in the shadows of the tent near them.

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