This is one of those books that defies categorization. It’s the messed-up, weirdo love child of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and dystopian fiction. There’s no way around it; This book is weird. But in a good way. Mostly. And you should know in advance that there’s no way I can summarize it that will do it justice.
The story follows two people, Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead, from childhood to adulthood. Their lives intertwine in interesting and important ways even though they’re the yang to each other’s ying. Patricia loves nature and is very possibly a witch while Laurence is all about tech and math. Neither of their upbringings is easy, but everything seems to happen for a reason in their world. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, so I’m stopping there.
All the Birds in the Sky feels magical when you’re reading it. I highly recommend reading it as quickly as possible if you have a day or two with a lot of free time. I read it over the course of a couple weeks, but I really think my experience would have been even better with fewer interruptions. The story is so expansive and free that it was occasionally difficult to find my way back into the narrative.