As Stars Fall
The fire was fast and hot ... only days after it went through, there were absolutely no birds left. I should have seen it as an omen, the birds all leaving like that.
Robin is a self-confessed bird-nerd from the country, living in the city. On the first day at h ...more
Beautifully written and compelling in both a quiet and urgent way. As Stars Fall was unexpected (both in it's captivating nature and in it's plot) and lyrical and haunting in that perfect way where the characters bleed into you and you feel their grief and wildness and confusion and hope.
As Stars Fall is an astonishing book in so many ways. It moves along to it's own beat blending two vivid settings (the city and the country) and three POVs that criss-cross and gain momentum so that I w ...more
The light was strange. The darkness was a deep red, and there was a thickness between the stars.
There is a human caught in the “stinging air”, and the curlew watches on as the human is, “Taken away. Bought forever to the stars.”
Thus begins Christie Nieman’s debut Australian YA novel, ‘As Stars Fall’.
From the beginning alone, readers will know that they are about to go on a somewhat harrowing journey made no less painful for the poignancy of ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
That is my greatest fear: that one day when we finally stop focusing so hard on ourselves, we will life our hears, we will look around, and we will find that we are alone.
Beautifully told with a unique environmental focus, As Stars Fall is quite an interesting piece of YA Australian fiction. Told through the stories of three teenage characters as they deal with the linked rep ...more
It follows the lives of Robin, Delia and Seth whom have been connected and brought together by a rare and endangered bird: the Bush- Stone Curlew.
Robin follows her father and is a bird nerd who has moved from Murramunda to the City with her mother, who has a job at a prestigious girls school.
It is at this school that 'Flame' Robin Roberts meets Delia; the small freaky girl who has been put up a grade into Robins class and is s ...more
As Stars Fall follows the lives of three teenagers, Seth, Delia ...more
Robin is struggling with the move to the city, but she doesn't want to upset her mum after her father's betrayal. Delia and Seth are both dealing with ...more
From its evocative opening, told from the perspective of a bush stone-curlew, separated from her mate in a bushfire in country Victoria, and forced to abandon her nest and flee, and at the same witnessing the demise of a woman trapped in the fire. The story moves to the protagonist "Flame" Robin, whose family has separated in the wake of the bushfire, and moves to the city with her mother, where she meets a strange girl, Deli ...more
Seth is a character w ...more
So after ...more
But a word of warning to those interested in picking this one up.
I liked it, and I loved parts of it. However, since there a fair bit of inner dialogue it really doesn't lend itself to those people that found themselves bored with first person POV diary type books we had to read in high school. And since they are teenagers, there is a lot of to and fro with emotions, but that is also life and a part of the book that in the end charmed ...more
Everyone else seems to be giving this rave reviews, and while I really agree that the writing was brilliant, it just wasn't for me. The story didn't grab me and I never particularly liked or cared about any of the characters. I think part of the reason for this was the multiple POVs. I don't normally have an issue with this, but because Robin's POV was in first person but the others' weren't, it really jarred with me and disrupted my immersion in the story. All in all, this just want t ...more
I had a real problem with the shifts in perspective and tense.
I could have lived without the telepathy stuff.
I'm not sure I understand why the romantic angle was getting shoe-horned in at the end there.
I did like it though.