Charlie Jane Anders
First Sentence: When Patricia was six years old, she found a wounded bird.
Back of the book:
Patricia is a witch who can communicate with animals. Laurence is a mad scientist and inventor of the two-second time machine. As teenagers they gravitate towards one another, sharing in the horrors of growing up weird, but their lives take different paths… When they meet again as adults, Laurence is an engineering genius trying to save the world and live up to his reputation in near-future San Francisco. Meanwhile, Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the magically gifted, working hard to prove herself to her fellow magicians and secretly repair the earth’s ever growing ailments. As they attempt to save our future, Laurence and Patricia’s shared past pulls them back together. And though they come from different worlds, when they collide, the witch and the scientist will discover that maybe they understand each other better than anyone.
One of those books where the jacket and the quotes all over it (3 more on the back, in addition to the ludicrous Michael Chabon one on the cover, AND two more full pages inside) tricked me into reading it. This is in no way a good book—massively disappointing.
Last Sentence: Then Laurence took Patricia’s arm and they led each other out into the brand-new city.