Blog Tour: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (from

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air is Darragh McKeon’s first novel. I often like to give new authors a chance and will pick up their novels, but this one really grabbed my attention since it dealt with the issues of the Chernobyl Power Plant in Ukraine. I am Ukrainian- Canadian, and have learned about this disaster since I started school. It caused such havoc in the country (which was then part of the USSR) and caused Ukraine to gain a lot of media attention. Unfortunately Ukraine is currently back in the media, for different reasons, but one that is almost as tragic. Anyways, given that this book dealt with something that is important to me, I figured I should pick it up. I am so glad I did!

All The Is Solid Melts Into Air

All That is Solid Melts Into Air

Title:  All That Is Solid Melts into Air
Author: Darragh McKeon
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book Tour in exchange for an honest review

Follow the Tour


From Goodreads

Russia, 1986. On a run-down apartment block in Moscow, a nine-year-old prodigy plays his piano silently for fear of disturbing the neighbors. In a factory on the outskirts of the city, his aunt makes car parts, hiding her dissident past. In a nearby hospital, a surgeon immerses himself in his work, avoiding his failed marriage.

And in a village in Ukraine, a teenage boy wakes to a sky of the deepest crimson. Outside, the ears of his neighbor’s cattle are dripping blood. Ten miles away, at the Chernobyl Power Plant, something unimaginable has happened.Now their lives will change forever.

An end-of-empire novel charting the collapse of the Soviet Union, All That Is Solid Melts into Air is a gripping and epic love story by a major new talent

About the Author

Darragh McKeonFrom Ireland, Darragh McKeon has worked as a theatre director throughout Europe and the USA. He lives in New York. All That is Solid Melts Into Air is his debut novel.


My Review

As I mentioned this is a topic that really means a lot to me. I had a number of friends who came over from Ukraine shortly after the devastation of the Chernoybl Power Plant. Although I really wanted to read this book, I was also a little hesitant. I was worried that this book would be really depressing and dark and just put me in a sad and depressed mood. It didn’t. Even though it talked about a topic that is not light and funny, it approached the topic delicately and really made the characters shine. As you read through the book you wanted to know what would happen to each of these characters- you really started to care for them. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and was a pretty easy read.

Darragh clearly did his research before writing this novel. The names, the dates, the events, what actually occurred with individuals in the area- it was all very accurate. This made the novel a bit heartbreaking, but also realistic. If you like historical fiction, then I highly suggest you read this book. The characters will latch onto your heart and you will want to keep reading until you reach the final page, just because you want to make sure the ending is what you want.

One thing I have to mention because it drives me absolutely batty- it is Ukraine, not THE Ukraine- we don’t say the Canada or the Ireland, why would we say the Ukraine?! I know for years everyone referred to it as the Ukraine, and I have absolutely no idea where that came from, but just for future reference- it is Ukraine.

My Rating

4 hippos 4 out of 5 hippos

Thank you to 

tlc logo


2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

  1. Novels that take place where I live or where I grew up are always very special to me. I’m glad you enjoyed this book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour.

  2. Pingback: Darragh McKeon, author of All That Is Solid Melts into Air, on tour April/May 2014 | TLC Book Tours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s