Duelling in full armour one minute and embroidering flowers into a fine coat the next, this is a story of parallels and opposites, destiny and agency, nature and nurture.
The Symmetry of Stars by Alex Myers follows two sets of twins, each pair the champions of opposing gods vying for control of the world. From the moment the wager is made, we follow the god nurturing her twins for greatness, but with a curiosity that sends her through space and time to check in on the rival pair, the product of her brother’s hands-off approach.
‘It pleases me. A profound symmetry. A doubling of twins.’
As with Myers’ The Story of Silence (see my post here), this thoughtful tale explores the roles of men and women, pushing against expectations, and what it means to belong. The gentle pacing allows us to grow up alongside each champion-in-the-making, knowing their shared time of reckoning looms but also wishing it would never arrive.
The girl listened in awe; she loved stories for the way they transported her, allowed her to escape the worry of the moment, the heat and the dust and the fatigue. The way they allowed her to imagine that a very different world, one that seemed entirely impossible, might, in fact, be possible.
A story of stories, of the war both within and without, and of dancing with abandon. The Symmetry of Stars is a wonderful tale.
Expected publication: 30 September 2021. Thank you to the author, HarperCollins, and NetGalley for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.