And All the Stars
WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED is Madeleine’s first thought after a massive spire erupts from the ground and spurts a purple dust over the city. A purple dust that kills some and turns some people green and others blue.
Madeleine is blue and discovers she has more power than she's ever had before.
Is it an alien invasion? Or Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem.
At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.
Set in Sydney, this tells the story of a random group of kids who just want to survive and how they cope with the changes to their surroundings and to themselves. Madeleine is overwhelmed by a gut wrenching hunger then power followed by paralysis followed by blue patches of velvety skin and impossible constellations that cover most of her body now.
Madeleine ventures outside in search of food and comes across a chef named Noi (also with patches of blue skin) who offers her scones, tea and company. Together they find other Blues and come up with a plan for survival as the owners of the Spires finally decide to reveal their intentions.
The bond between Madeleine and Noi is beautiful; the ensemble cast fight together and each person contributes differently to the group and finally, there is also romance – romance that develops slowly but is heart wrenchingly sincere and heart felt
An epic read