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All the Birds in the Sky

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Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel
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“The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail...but there's an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending.” —NPR

From the former editor-in-chief of, a stunning Nebula Award-winning and Hugo-shortlisted novel about the end of the worldand the beginning of our future

An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in a world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 09, 2015 – A friendship between two adolescent misfits is the catalyst for an apocalyptic reckoning in Anders's clever and wonderfully weird novel. Novice witch Patricia and preternaturally intelligent Laurence form an uneasy bond as they attempt to survive bullying at their Massachusetts middle school. Ten years later, they reunite in San Francisco, where Patricia quietly practices her craft and Laurence, now a tech-world wunderkind, attempts to manipulate time and space, setting off a battle between magic and science that could mean the end of the human race. Anders (Choir Boy) smoothly pivots from horror to humor to heartbreak and back again, and she keeps readers guessing as to the fate of her two protagonists and the world. Talking animals and a sentient computer searching for love and understanding tighten the narrative strings. Fans of genre fiction will be delighted by Patricia and Laurence's story, and Anders's smart, matter-of-fact prose will appeal to a mainstream audience as well.

Customer Reviews

Why the discrepancy?

I think this might be a glitch or something, but this book is actually around 470 pages long, not 250 like iBooks claims it to be. It’s a great book, but I was expecting a quick read because of the page number advertised and it did not turn out like that.

Other than that, I’m really enjoying it. All the Birds in the Sky is a very unique blend of magical realism and science fiction. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before.

I loved it

Sometimes authors try to beat you over the head with the moral. Sometimes they try to wrap things up in a neat little bundle. "and they lived happily ever after."

But real life is messy. Sometimes hero or villain is a perspective. Charlie was able to take a fantastical situation comment on today's issues and create real people with flaws and feelings. I loved it..


Just wonderful. A dazzlingly original, often hilarious, ultimately deeply touching modern fable. Charlie Jane Anders writes with a rare clarity, a bracing confidence, and a delicious weirdness. Dream logic blends with ardent longing and dystopian horror with surprisingly and delightfully effective results.

All the Birds in the Sky
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jan 26, 2016
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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