Book Review: The Inevitability of Stars

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Author: Kathryn R. Lyster
ISBN: 9781743560495
RRP: $29.99

The Inevitability of Stars is a book I have been eagerly awaiting since first receiving information about it. The idea of a modern day Romeo and Juliet hooked me because I love Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers can be so romantic. Lyster’s debut wasn’t what I was expecting, though I couldn’t tell you what it was that I did expect.

Lyster was discovered at the Byron Bay Writers Festival last year, you can find out more about her in our interview with her HERE, and her debut is set largely in Byron Bay.

The Inevitability of Stars tells the story of Rip and Sahara, who have been together for as long as they can remember. They moved from primary school friends to high school friends to lovers, tied together by some wonderful memories as well as some tragic ones. Through all of the events of their lives the two have been there for each other, and it is taken for granted that they will always be together – it is meant to be. But the course of true love never did run smooth.

Sahara is a talented artist who is not content to settle at such a young age for what she envisions as a mediocre life in Byron, she needs to go and explore the wider world first so she heads to Sydney and art school.

Rip is left heartbroken and lost, unsure of how to go on because his whole life has always been focused on Sahara and their happily ever after.

This book focuses very much on the spiritual side of life, on the journey of the soul, so it is not going to be for everyone. I enjoyed it though at times I was left a little perplexed and wondering what I was missing. I really enjoy the reinforcement that if it’s meant to be it will be. At every point of our life we are where we need to be – even at our lowest points we are being taught a valuable lesson if only we open ourselves to learn it.

Set in the present day and dealing with a couple who are just on the cusp of adulthood this novel was strangely devoid of modern technology, yes there were mobile phones but they weren’t used very often and there was no sign of Facebook, Twitter or other social media. I think it needed to be that way because too much of the story hinges on that total separation which would have been difficult to achieve if Sahara was still connected to her home town via social media.


I did enjoy much of this story, there was a lot that I enjoyed about Rips journey to healing. There was a lot that it took a while to get my head around as well. Rip has centred his whole life around Sahara, the death of his mother when he was young has seen him direct all of his love to Sahara so when she leaves Byron Bay, and Rip, he is left empty and can’t find a way to turn things around. He takes drastic measures and then finds himself convalescing on an organic farm in the hills surrounding Byron.

Sahara is another creature altogether. Her biggest investment is in herself and she is very selfish. She races off to explore and experience more of life than Byron can offer, on the heels of a proposal. She seems to expect that Rip would know this about her, which is a little unrealistic if you give the impression that you are feeling the way he does. She immerses herself in waitressing and art school, painting and partying without much thought to anything that she has left behind. She always expected the life she ran away from to be waiting for her when she was ready to return to it, without giving any indication that there was ever a chance she would do that.

The high life in Sydney fast sucks Sahara in and she becomes a shell of herself, and even the shell is shrunken. She walks away from friends, art school and everyone who has tried to help her in Sydney. It seemed to me that the more Rip healed the further Sahara drifted from herself and I wasn’t sure she was going to be able to find her way back.

The Inevitability of Stars looks at the way in which our lives are the way they are meant to be, there are lessons in even the worst experiences and there is a lot we need to open our minds too. The story is very steeped in New Age so it’s not going to be for everyone but if you are one who likes the reassurance that there is more to this life than what we see with our eyes then this may be just what you are looking for.

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