Published by HarperCollins on April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
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Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green'sThe Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies. Aza Ray Boyle 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—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?This book is weird. Like really, really weird. And unique.
At first I didn't knew if I was able to read this because the writing was really hard to get into, it was very emo and trying to be funny-ironic but wasn't working - it also had some lyrical moments that felt really out of place but I got used to it and even found some parts beautiful and touching.
The fantastical aspects also take a while to get used to, it's extremely unique and the images that are described are as beautiful as the cover but still is really weird and it took a lot of my enjoyment and investment on the story.
But what really made this book becoming just okay was the main character, Aza, I just never connected with her making her destine being not as interesting as it should have been. I think Jason was a easier character to connect but there was so little of his POV's that it's practically impossible to know for sure.
I also feel like I missed some point of this book, of course I missed most of the feelings for my lack of connection but I still feel like there is some major plot point or coming of age point or something that makes everything here makes total sense and turn this in an amazing book but I'm not seeing it.