Aza Ray is one of a kind. Literally. She’s the only person in the world with a disease so rare that it is named after her. She can barely breathe, drowning in air, and no one expects her to live very long. The fact that she nearly makes it to her sixteenth birthday is a miracle. Except that her death is illusory, and when Aza wakes up, no longer on earth, she is the complete opposite of everything she’s ever been. Powerful. Strong. Anticipated as the savior of the sky-world, Magonia. However, she can’t fully let her earth-life go.
Okay. Wow. Let me just get the fangirl stuff out of the way immediately. I was COMPLETELY FLOORED by this book. The end left me in tears. I absolutely cannot wait for the second book – and I don’t even mind that more than one book is planned!
Alright. Now that that’s over, let me actually start talking about Magonia. I admit, I was a little wary going into this book. The premise was interesting, but I was starting to suspect (despite recent hope to the contrary) that this summer was going to be a bit slumpy after all. My last audiobook (Wildalone) didn’t end up being a good fit for me. After that, I started a book-that-shall-not-be-named, which had a really fantastic premise that didn’t quite make up for the awful writing. About a third of the way through, I just couldn’t read more. So yes. Wariness in starting this book. What if it ended up awful?
Well, as I’ve already said above, it didn’t end up awful. It actually ended up amazing. There was a little bit of heavy-handedness in the middle on environmental issues, but not too bad, and it didn’t take over the book as a whole. And as far as flaws go, that was it. Period. This is the best book I’ve read since very early in the year.
Odd coincidence: There is bird-to-person-bonding in this book, just like in Firstborn, one of the awesome books I read back in January. I don’t know that I’ve ever read another book about people and birds physically bonding, and yet I read two this year. Huh.
This review isn’t saying much. Even if I keep typing, I doubt it will say much more. I could squee about the awesomeness of long-friendship-love, and family bonds, and the treatment of anxiety disorders, and the complexities of betrayal and political war, and the tip-of-the-iceberg world-building…but what would I say except “YES IT’S GREAT READ IT!!!”? So, um, yes, it’s great. Read it.