As Stars Fall

As Stars Fall A bush fire and its aftermath links a Bush Stone curlew and three teenagers experiencing loss love and change The fire was fast and hot only days after it went through there were absolutely no bir

  • Title: As Stars Fall
  • Author: Christie Nieman
  • ISBN: 9781743517697
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
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    A bush fire, and its aftermath, links a Bush Stone curlew and three teenagers experiencing loss, love and change.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 hA bush fire, and its aftermath, links a Bush Stone curlew and three teenagers experiencing loss, love and change.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 her new school, she meets Delia Delia is freaky and definitely not good for Robin s image.Seth, Delia s brother, has given up school to prowl the city streets He is angry at everything, especially the fire that killed his mother.When a rare and endangered bird turns up in the city parklands, the lives of Robin, Seth and Delia become fatefully and dangerously intertwined

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    • Nomes says:

      4.5 starsBeautifully 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 [...]

    • Lynne Stringer says:

      This book was ambitious and had so much potential to be a great novel but it seemed to get in the way of itself. The continual changing of point of view, both in style and in characters, slowed it down, and combined with excessive and sometimes repetitive descriptions, and intense and long internal musings, made for a difficult read.A lot of information is given about the environment and endangered species, such as the Bush Stone-curlew, a native Australian bird that is featured throughout the b [...]

    • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books) says:

      Hello lovely people! Please find my review of this book here: butterfly-elephantAnd if you can't be bothered heading there, just know that I loved it!

    • Cait (Paper Fury) says:

      This wasnota good book for me to read. I have a bird phobia. But I received an unsolicited review copy (thanks, anyway, Pan Macmillan Aust your fault I have a phobia) and thought, "What the heck?! I might like it!"I don't. I hate birds. I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE. Moving forward, shall we? (I promise, I'll review the book -- phobia aside.) The writing is what really got me. It's sludgy.I feel like I had to wade and push andshoveto get to the actual story. Pages and pages ofwords. WORDS WORDS. And wh [...]

    • Annie says:

      I'd say a 3.5 rating for this one It took awhile for me to get my head around the premise however this is an intricate story of a bush fire, its aftermath and a Bush-Stone curlew (bird) that binds three unlikely teenagers together An interesting read and concept

    • ALPHAreader says:

      The book begins with a curlew watching a bushfire rage: 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 th [...]

    • Mandy says:

      A good read albeit predictable. Really liked the use of the Bush Stone-Curlew and the emphasis on conservation and regeneration, doesn't happen often enough in Australian novels - now I am sounding like the mother of two scientists!

    • Eugenia (Genie In A Book) says:

      *This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThat 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 repercuss [...]

    • Melinda says:

      This book is set in the Victorian country of Murramunda and the city. 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 [...]

    • Lily says:

      WOW. Just WOW. I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked up this book on a whim. It didn’t really strike me as anything special and even reading the blurb I really wasn’t entirely sure what this book was going to be about. But colour me impressed. This is a strong and brave debut and it certainly hits the mark at being memorable and original. It is a book with a lot to say and it does so in a haunting and compelling manner. As Stars Fall follows the lives of three teenagers, Seth, [...]

    • Amanda says:

      As Stars Fall is Christie Nieman's debut novel, set in Melbourne and the fictional rural town of Murramunda. The opening scene involving a bush fire and the death of a woman was haunting, especially as seen from the eyes of a Bush Stone-curlew, a rare native Australian bird. I knew from that moment that I was in for a moving and beautiful story.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 th [...]

    • Andrew says:

      As Stars Fall, is an exquisite work of fiction, and a remarkable debut.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 [...]

    • Steph Bowe says:

      As Stars Fall is beautifully written, and a novel that I think will appeal to both older teenagers and adults. Not just the adults who already love YA (of which there are many! I guess I am one of them now?), but adult readers who prefer literary novels or who might previously have dismissed YA. It's a very 'literary' YA and doesn't fit what one might expect of a 'typical' YA novel. It's contemporary but it has a distinct other-worldly edge, mixing the real and surreal well.Seth is a character w [...]

    • Maddy says:

      This book was odd. On the one hand, I could *not* bring myself to care about Seth or Delia, and even my affection for Robin was halfhearted. I also wasn't too fussed on the pacing, and reading felt like trudging through thick mud at times - you really had to struggle to get anywhere. And another criticism: why the heck was Robin's POV in first person and the others' chapters in third? That was disorientating and pulled me out of the writing, taking me about a page to readjust each time.So after [...]

    • Melissa Pouliot says:

      I loved this book, could not put it down. Although it is targeted at young adults, it is just as enjoyable for a young adult at heart. A very dear friend gifted me four books and choosing which one first came down to which cover grabbed me the most. I just adore this cover. The lovely part about book gifts is you know absolutely nothing about the book or the author, and that is a wonderful discovery within itself. As an Australian writer with a special interest in our landscape, I love reading s [...]

    • Weirdfi says:

      I'm giving this book 4 stars because there is no 3 and a half.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 [...]

    • Charlie says:

      Rating 2.5Everyone 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 [...]

    • Alex says:

      It was a 1 star book up to page 195. After that it was a 2.5 star book. I hated it up to page 195 because it was boring, snail paced, unoriginal and well just plain bad. After page 195 however it became real as the characters' lives intertwined at last. I would have wanted Seth and Robin's relationship to develop way more as well as Robin and Delia's relationship. The whole story was dragged out and focused on an insignificant part of the characters' lives, I feel. The ending was absolutely perf [...]

    • Anne Williams:) says:

      About the repercussions when a mother is killed in a bush fire. This book deals with grief and also environmental issues and the links to the land that have an effect on us all. It is a bit wordy in places but the characters are well drawn and compelling. The story spirals towards what could be a frightening climax.

    • Emma Darcy says:

      I'm not sure that I've had as many feelings in my life as any of the characters in this book did in like a month. 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.

    • Heidi says:

      Lovely standalone in a world with all too many epic series.Some beautiful observations about nature, specifically bush-stone curlews and gentle cautionary messages about drugs.Much to think about in this one.

    • Serena ♡ says:

      A fantastic book! once i picked it up i couldn't put it down.

    • Michelle says:

      Rating: 3.5 Stars

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    • Isabeau says:

      Lovely prose but the story itself is not engaging. I'm not generally someone who needs things to be fast-paced but this one simply moved way too slowly for me.

    • Rochelle says:

      Strange, lyrical, intense. Really enjoyed it.

    • Roxanne says:

      Amazing. I ties so many genres into one and once I finished I was left feeling giddy with joy because it made me feel so happy. Loved it so much!

    • Justine says:

      3.5 - an unexpected but highly enjoyable read - bought on impulse during the ABC Shop's closing down sales.

    • Kim says:

      Unfortunately this book wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with the characters or the story. I wanted to love it, because it is Aussie YA, but just couldn't get there.

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