Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak - to live.
All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of the medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. The sickness catches up with her.
Aza is lost to our world.
And found, by another.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power. And she can use it to change the world.
As she navigates her new life, Aza discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza's hands lies the whole of humanity - including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy rich with symbolism and steeped in allegory. Aza's journey pulls her deep into the questions of home, of love, of self, and of just what it means to find them all.
©2015 Maria Dahvana Headley (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
An absolutely spellbinding narrative. Once I started listening I could not turn it off, the story took me under two days to finish 😳😁
Unbelievably heartfelt acting. The narrators had me in tears so many times, I cannot rave more highly about their performances.
This is my new favourite book. I am over the moon. The world created and the characters who lived in it - just amazing.
Book loving, homeschooling mom, knitting extraordinaire, nerd of all things nerdy Wyoming-ite.
The narrators are awesome and the story is amazing! I went into this book, not sure what to expect because the summary sounded good. I was never bored and such a good read. Probably a new favorite book as well. If you're looking for something that isn't your usual type of book, go for it. The narrators totally make the book. I'm now off to recommend this to everyone I know!
The narrators. Therese and Michael delivered an utterly BEAUTIFUL performance, which made this fantastical story so much more vibrant and real. Their inflections and acting really made you understand the character - they brought real life to the story.
All of the Jason chapters, and the entire final arc of the story.
No, but I will certainly be looking into more books narrated by them.
Without any form of spoilers:
This story came to life through the exquisite performance of ms Plummer! There are actors on screen that convey less emotion.
Wonderful and a lovely story as well!
The Author did an excellent job of describing in detail is beautiful magical world . I also like the fact that they had a female narrator for the girl and a male narrator for the boy.
Narration was great. Voices were clear and pleasant. However, the story was just ok. Teenage love story , scifi style . I finished the book . Left off like another story to come ?
The one-line synopsis of this book would probably be pretty trite, e.g. "Young adult, after first endangering the world, finds her place in it, and in doing so saves us all." But the characters are far more compelling than this plot line leads one to expect. There are also two very different settings--a mundane human one, and a fantastic one--both meticulously drawn and each, in its way, entirely credible. Great narration by both Plummer and Crouch.
Yes its me!
Orginal works, creative retelling of an old tale of forbidden love. This is the type of fantasy book that can consume great quantities. Take me places I unexpectedly end up.
Both the boy and the girl, seemed they were both defective in a way and yet perfect.
Nice to listen to something that didn't try to conform to some one else's view of fantasy. This book paints a new world that draws you in and keeps you interested till the end.
I really liked the world building, for the most part. It was fairly creative and new. Some of the things were a bit on the ew factor (birds in your chest) and other things are never truly explained to my satisfaction (the whole taking that skin thingy) but it's still very colorful and interesting.
The worst part was the beginning, the characters, and somewhat the plot. It's very obvious that the author put a whole ton of thought into the world building but it's just as obvious that she let the world building take precedence over character and plot. To be quite frank, this book doesn't actually start going until chapter 6. If you skip to chapter 6 with the knowledge that Aza has an unknown, uncureable illness than you've just still a whole lot of annoying mindless prattle that is largely self-aggrandizing (along the lines of 'yeah, I'm dying but I'm so down to earth about it all') and seems to go on and on and ON and WILL-THIS-NEVER-END ON!
What's worse, for me, was that once this starting actually going somewhere we were forced back into a second POV that was largely just thinking and PI shit. So you're like YAY! FINALLY! A PLOT! and then you're dropped into Jason's head and you're all DAMN IT ALL!
Moreover, the beginning and the rest of the story don't feel like they fit together. The beginning has, for the most part, little to no magic in it and you're thrown head first into an incredibly magically heavy UF after chapter 6/7 that you're not be prepared for (that's the original UF concept part.) I know some have expressed a difficulty in the sharp/sudden contrast.
The characters are a bit cliche and this is one of those "strongest magical girl ever alive EVER-LIKE-FOR-REALZ" type UF book.
Still, it's an original idea and that's always welcome. I'd be willing to read more from this author if the author worked more on her characters and plot.
They did a good job.
As I said, this is very hard to review. You'll see people say they gave up because the beginning (which is rather long tbh -- 20%, I think) is incredibly slow. No, wait, I'm not sure that's right since it doesn't go anywhere and the use of the word slow implies movement. Anyway, if you can handle that then give this book a try. If you're thinking of giving up, skip to chapter 6 and try from there.
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