All families have problems, but we love them anyways because family is everything. But in the case of the book I’m recommending this month, family problems are of mythological proportions. The Chaos Of Stars by Kiersten White was published by HarperTeen in 2013. It is a book complete with Egyptian mythology, humor, and learning to love your family even when they drive you crazy.
Isadora is the daughter of Isis and Osiris, two ancient Egyptian Gods. But despite her parents’ divinity, Isadora can’t stand them because she feels like nothing more than a footnote in their immortal lives, her only purpose being to worship them and then die. So when Isis begins to “replace” Isadora with another child a few years too early, Isadora leaves Egypt to stay with her brother in San Diego.
While there, Isadora meets Ry, a gorgeous guy who writes epic poetry and believes in the love that Isadora thinks only hurts. But as Isadora works, makes friends, and learns about love, she realizes that her family is not all-powerful and that her immortal mother is in mortal danger. This book is a great read for those who love mythology and crazy families.
Book Group Questions
- Isadora’s family consists of Egyptian Gods, but in what ways are they like a “normal” family?
- How do Isadora’s and Ry’s perceptions of love differ?
- In this story, the Egyptian Gods exist and have power only because they are remembered and worshipped by others. What are your thoughts on this concept?
- Isadora is afraid to love because she is afraid of endings. What are your thoughts on life, death, and the afterlife? Do things truly end?