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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Is the future set like concrete or a piece of clay we can mould and change?

On a remote farm in Queensland Cassie Shultz feels useless. Her perfect brother Alex has an uncanny ability to predict the weather, and the fortunes of the entire family hinge upon his forecasts. However, her own gift for prophecy remains frustratingly obscure. Attempts to help her family usually re
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Published February 6th 2017 by Odyssey Books
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Isobel Blackthorn
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn Gossow is a masterful story teller who displays great insight and sensitivity in her handling of difficult themes. The result, her debut novel Cassandra, is an extraordinary and engaging read.

There is much to love in this novel. The reader is enchanted from the opening scenes, of a very young Cassie playing where she isn’t meant to, under the house; of her encounter with a snake and the nightmare that follows; of her innocent curiosity. “A crackle of excitement pops in her belly. Like Co
Mawson Bear
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'She dreams of plane crashes, earthquakes, tsunamis, bloody coups. She dreams of the stallion sweeping down the hill ... . P. 197'.

Early on in this book, author Kathryn Gossow had instilled into me as a reader a sense of 'foreboding'. But like Cassie trying to clarify her visions, I struggled to discern what the feeling of impending doom was about? Would it concern Paulo, or Athena, or a secret in the family, or Cassie herself? The possibilities thicken and darken and thunder down on Cassie's li
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. Based on the Greek myth of Casandra - the main character, Cassandra (like her namesake), can see the future, but no-one believes her. In addition, without a context for her visions, she sometimes has difficulty interpreting them. There are multiple layers to the story, there is the obvious call back to the Greek myth, what happens to people who seem different, gender issues, manipulation, and the question of whether the fates control our lives, or I we can determine our ...more
Michelle Saftich
I found this book intriguing, gritty and absorbing. Cassandra has a lot going on; she's dealing with all the normal teenage issues of wanting to be accepted and loved; while also trying to understand her gift of prophecy so that she can stop bad things from happening. There was some beautiful prose and I particularly liked the faster paced rhythms the author created to help us get inside Cassie's head.

The author put us in the setting. I was there and could see the farm, the river, the hill.

I l
Carolyn Denman
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful imagery

Cassandra is an immaculately written coming of age story. Gritty, disturbing and scarily relateable. The author's attention to detail sets a vivid atmosphere for this moving story.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, myth
Cassie Shultz bears on her young shoulders an unusual gift and this story explores its effect on herself and her family in modern times. Gossow's portrayal of Cassie's family and friendships is raw and honest and the picture of life in an isolated community drawn so well I could easily imagine myself in the remote Queensland location. The present moment blurs into the future and portents mount, but Cassie's warnings fall on deaf ears. Questions such as how much of our future is fate and how much ...more
Cathy McLennan
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well written book by new writer, Kathryn Gossow. Easy to read, the prose flowed and the story was hard to put down. I particularly loved the imagery in several vivid scenes where I re-lived the Australia I grew up in, the teenage bush parties, Cassandra under the house as a child and at the show.
Patricia Leslie
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The magic of childhood imagination comes to life in this story by Kathryn Gossow. Cassandra is a young girl learning about life, truth, and acceptance as she grows up on her family’s insular farm. Cassandra can also predict the future. Not a bad talent to have though visions are often hazy, open to interpretation, and as we find out, shaped by family secrets. Her younger brother, however, can predict the weather and on a Queensland farm where
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra broke my long run of not finishing books because I didn't find the story engaging enough. I devoured this story in three nights. There is so much to love about this work. The evokative language builds a strong sense of time and place. The author has weaved in so much detail of Australian country life through the eyes of the young protagonist, Cassandra. She is stifled by the dreariness of cent sales and show balls, but she is also a hard worker, herding cattle and helping out on the fa ...more
Shelley Nolan
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. I was immediately drawn in to Cassie's world, the vivid imagery and breadth of detail allowing me to see and feel as she did. It was like I was watching it all unfold right in front of me. Not only does Cassie have to cope with all the usual stresses involved in being a teenager, she has obscure visions and dreams of the future. I was particularly enthralled by the way the visions were described, seeing their immediate effect on Cassie, and how they were regarded by those ...more
Imagine for a second....the ability to see the future with the inability to convince anyone or do anything about it. A bit how we've all felt as teens I think. (Misunderstood and not heard) Cassandra is a coming of age story blended beautifully with Greek mythology. Gossow has a gift for imagery that has you visiting other worlds.
My one small critique, if you can call it that...I came across some terms I was unfamiliar with. Some of them I could glean the meaning from, a few others left me st
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A waking dream

This book has such a dreamlike sense to it that it's truly enthralling. It makes you wonder about fate and Destiny.
Jo Bailey
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cassandra by Kathryn Gossow is set in a harsh Australian country town. Cassandra Shutz, or Cassie as she is affectionately known, is only a child when the story begins. She is struggling to understand her dreams as she waits for the birth of her sibling. This child, Alex, will be the perfect brother who is able to predict the weather and help the family business.
There is constant competition between the siblings, an unemotional mother, plenty of teenage angst all causing confusion as Cassie trie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gripping read from start to finish. This is a compelling story from an accomplished writer. Highly recommended!
Clare Rhoden
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an addictive read - once you start, you really have to keep going. Cassie and her future-seeing make for fascinating reading. I found the child and then teenage perspective totally credible, and in fcat it reminded me of my own early years when adults were very annoying and unpredicatble, and the last person you would turn to.
Cassie is fortunate in having her grandfather and great aunt living with her and her family on the farm, because the generation gap allows for more real commun
Georgina Ballantine
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book refreshingly original. Although I grew up in the UK and have only lived in Australia since 2001, the portrayal of teen life in 80s rural Australia felt extremely vivid and absorbing.
The interweaving of the themes and ancient myths surrounding prophetic Cassandra and her brother Helenus with the 80s Cassandra and her brother Alex was deftly handled; subtle but clear. Despite the apparent inevitability of Cassandra's dreams and visions coming true, the story contains plenty of te
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Kathryn Gossow has been writing and publishing short and flash fiction in a variety of genres since 2006. Her debut novel Cassandra was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards for Best Fantasy Novel in 2017. Her second novel, The Dark Poet is a collection of short stories on the dangers of charisma. Her third novel, Taking Baby for a Walk will be published in 2021.

Kathryn was the winner of an ASA Mentor

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