Review: Magonia

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Goodreads Summary:

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. 

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her 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. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. 

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 as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

 

I’m still kind of unsure how I feel about this book. The writing was fantastic, I absolutely loved it. I loved how flawed all of the characters were. I loved Jason.

But . . .

I couldn’t find it in me to really love Aza. She was interesting, but I never really felt invested in her, or her story. I don’t know what it was that was holding me back. I mean the story is so unique, there is this other race living in the sky! She can sing nature into whatever shape she desires, she was literally drowning in the thick air of the ground. I mean who has read something like this before?

Maybe I felt like the story was trying to hard to give a message about the current state of the earth, and our byproducts effects on it. Whatever it was though, there was just something about this book that kept me from moving to the like to love stage. We’ll see if there are following books and if I continue the series.

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