Title: Magonia (Untitled #1)
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Release Date/Publisher: April 28th 2015 by HarperCollins
Finished: July 6th 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
What I Thought:
I really liked this book! I wanted to get it ever since I heard about it and I waited quite a while to get it from the library.
I loved how unique it was. There’s nothing exactly like it out there. The beginning was super sad, because you’re shown this girl who is dying because she can’t breathe well and she’s trying to make it to her 16th birthday. I loved her attitude and how she interacts with others. Throughout the book I just really liked her, especially how she was up above. I liked seeing a family that wasn’t broken or broken up, but together and super supportive of her. Jason is her best friend, and the raw emotion he goes through during the book was so sad. But he was such a great and smart guy.
Then stuff happens and she goes into the world in the sky, on a ship, where she fits in more. The world up there was amazing and I loved that singing was such a big part of everything. Birds as well. I really liked the time she spent up there, and pretty much everything leading to that ending.
I think the only thing I’m missing is that I wanted a few more explanations. Things were hinted at in the sky but a few of them weren’t answered. According to Goodreads there will be another book, so hopefully I will learn a little more about Magonia and another certain city. I highly recommend reading this!!