All the Wind in the World

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 24 Oct 2017

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“Constellations aren't obvious until the moment they are. Then you wonder how you hadn't been able to see them before when the pictures are all so clearly there, telling a story.”

Hauntingly beautiful and dangerously enticing, Samantha Mabry's All the Wind in the World is a fantastic addition to the romance genre in young adult literature. With the desire to eventually own their own land and live a life of peace, Sarah Jac and James are forced to find work in the harsh conditions of the maguey fields. But when a disaster strikes, the two must find a new place to work, where their strength and relationship will be put to the test. In this gripping tale of love and sorrow, Mabry's novel...

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Actual rating 3.5/5 This book combines elements of mystery with a dash of magic, all backdropped by an old west setting. This book is fast-paced, and Samatha perfectly adds elements of magic in a real-world setting. There were a few elements that fell flat for me, but overall I did enjoy it, and I'm glad I got the chance to read it.
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This book was good and had many moments of drama and suspense that had me flipping the pages quickly, however it also suffered from a few flat areas where the page-turning was not as quick. Sarah Jac was a very complicated girl, in a very complicated situation. She had to act tough, be ruthless, think about no one but herself and James, but having hard hearts leads to big trouble in many ways as having a soft heart does. She wasn’t exactly the most “likeable” character but she was and interesting one at that I liked James in the first half of the novel. He seemed like the endless flirt who just wanted everyone to feel good. To be even just a little content in time of hardship. Then the...

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Sarah Jac and James Holt traveled from ranch to ranch harvesting maguey, a plant which makes tequila and other alcoholic liquids. They pay is low and the conditions were worse. Sarah and James compensated by creating a con that they enacted at each farm they worked at. It started with pretending that they were cousins, not a romantic couple, so that James could sweet talk another girl. But this time, with all the weird rumors of a curse at the newest ranch, they may pay a high price to hold onto their love. All the Wind in the World was something else. It wrote of a time period and situation I was not familiar with. It was set sometime in the late nineteenth century or early twentieth...

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I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I found the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Texas refreshing for a YA Contemporary. Mabry did a wonderful job of putting her life experience of living in Texas into the writing of this books scenery and its changes. There were parts that almost seemed more dystopian in nature than contemporary but I didn't mind that. I found the concept very interesting as well with the mystery around everything. I think the setting and certain aspects of the plot are what carried me through this book. Sarah Jac is not the most likable character and I did struggle with that throughout the book. At times her selfishness causes great distress for those around...

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WHAT DID I JUST READ?! This book was incredible. The writing was all encompassing and atmospheric, the setting was a character in itself, and Sarah Jac is my favorite kind of narrator - flawed, nearly ruined, but holding onto that one last thing that will save her. Desperate narrators tell the best stories. I'm sobbing while I write this, by the way. I don't think I've ever felt the longing of a character like I felt Sarah Jac's longing for James. I felt pain when she did. I cried when she refused to do so. I am wrecked. This book was so good. *A note - I saw some reviews saying that people were squicked out because Sarah Jac and James are cousins. THEY'RE NOT COUSINS. That...

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DNF @ 20%. I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis, but going into the novel, I didn't feel as it lived up to its full potential. I might pick this one up later but it just wasn't for me.
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I really loved it. The story is unique even though it has the post-apocalyptic basics: the fields, the desert, the lack of hope, those in-depth descriptions give a different and rich perspective on the storyline. Between the two main characters I loved Sarah the most: she's not your average post-apocalyptic heroine, she's hard, disenchanted and needs James's optimism to see the good in people. But she's also strong, resilient, brave and fragile in the desperate love for James. The author's style is perfect for that kind of story, there are no such thing as cheesy dialogues and love scenes, hard hearts and hard words. I have to say, though, that the first part of the book is a little bit...

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ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD combines mystery and a hint of magic in a captivating old west setting. I really enjoyed the plot and premise of this novel. The story moves at a very fast pace, and Samantha Mabry has done a truly remarkable job at incorporating magic into a real-world setting in a way that is not only believable but also interesting. The underlying mystery that ensues after an accident takes place on the maguey ranch that Sarah and her cousin James find themselves working is intriguing and also a bit dark and twisty. At times this novel even takes on the tone of a psychological thriller. Mabry throws some great curveballs at readers, especially toward the end of the novel...

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Sadly one of my most anticipated releases fell flat for me. I loved her debut novel, but this one was all over the place. I didn't believe the "romance" between Sarah and James, the plot was all over the place, one character didn't feel like they had a place in the book among other things. My review is now up on my blog with my mini review and more thoughts.
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My Thoughts On... ...The Plot Life for Sarah Jac and James is the same day in and day out. They earn a living cutting maguey on the Truth or Consequences ranch, saving every cent in the hopes that one day they'll have enough to move back out East and run their own ranch. However when a dust storm stirs, and in trying to stop a scared and stampeding horse from trampling a man and his young son, Sarah Jac accidentally kills one of the foreman and the pair are forced to flee for their lives. Right away I was hooked on the picture Samantha Mabry was painting in her story. Like all magical realism books I've read so far All the Wind in the World didn't have a lot of background, and the...

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An interesting concept executed poorly. There was a lot of world building that ended up being lacking. How did the world become like this? What were other ramifications? We're focused on one region of the US, what is it like elsewhere? Did it happen suddenly? etc etc The magical realism was hinted at, but really needed just an extra bit of something. As a reader, I needed more for both if these aspects. Aside from the world, the story itself was interesting enough. The characters weren't very fleshed out, but it's a plot story more than a character one. You're given enough about the characters to service the plot. I did enjoy the authors writing style. While I wasn't blown away by...

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Sarah Jac and James work in maguey fields. That's been their lives since they left Chicago behind, but the plan has always been to save enough money to go back. After an accident happens in the fields, they jump on a train and head to The Real Marvelous - a mysterious farm that many call 'a cursed land'. The book is never 100% about the scenario but my guest is a dystopian world where the climate changes affected the whole U.S. leaving the land dry and desert. Sarah Jac is the narrator here and she's both simple and incredible. She's tenacious on hiding her love for James (finally a couple I can root for and not roll my eyes!) and being the best maguey cutter in the land. She knows her...

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A rich, lush world that is described beautifully. The story is populated with unlikable characters who do terrible things, but those things are understandable given the circumstances of the world.
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I didn't realise this was a teaser! I definitely need more. A powerful story
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Mabry’s lyrical style was hypnotic and I found myself drawn into the vivid and dark world she created. At the same time, I often found myself wrenched from that world by inconsistent characters and issues with the fantastic elements of the story as well as certain plot devices. Summary: In a dystopian American future where the planet is drying up and jobs with it, our duo heads out West to make their fortune chopping maguey on desert ranches. However, these ranches have a dark, every-man-for-himself culture that forces the worst from owners and workers alike. Sarah and James are willing to do whatever it takes to survive and escape to a better life. The Good: Vivid setting...

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The bones of this book resemble other post-apocalyptic young adult stories based on environmental devastation: much of the land has been destroyed by drought and erosion, water is scarce, and fear and religious fervor dominate the zeitgeist. This book goes a bit farther however by adding some improbable developments and inconsistencies that detract from the story. In addition, the main protagonists are very unlikeable, as are most of the supporting characters. Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt ride the trains getting difficult, low-paying jobs in egregious conditions with inadequate food and water (and nothing, it should be noted, to prevent scurvy) as itinerant workers cutting...

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I really, really liked this! First of all, I really enjoyed the world that Mabry created. There are enough details to make it interesting, without diving into a deep origin story type scenario. I like that we know the world has changed, that the water is drying up and things are hotter, but we are never given specific reasons why. Sometimes too much detail takes away from the main point of the story, which is NOT the dystopian setting! Our main story centers are our MC, Sarah Jac, and her boyfriend/partner James. They're traveling from farm to farm as work hands, trying to save up enough money to live out a fantasy live that they've been dreaming of. They run into some trouble and have...

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