Flying Away by Caroline Gill
(The Flykeeper Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal,
When Iolani Bearse was five years old, she lost her father to war. When she was nine, her mother died in a freak car accident. When Lani was fourteen, eerie green lights invaded, tearing her from the only home she had left.
Living as a runaway, dragging a horse and her cousin Eleanor across the countryside, Lani must learn to survive. Now Lani is the only person between the horrible, greedy lights and the last bit of family she has left. Her own heart is barely beating, but powerful memories pull her to Malcolm St. John. She fights what she feels, buried deep within her shattered soul.
Malcolm St. John always held his feelings in, especially about Iolani. So when she shows up on his doorstep, desperate and determined, Mal must decide if the wild tales she spins are the fragments of insanity or the last hope for a dying nation. This Lani is different from the child he knew. Something is coming for her, for him, and will not be stopped.
If the cousins and Malcolm can’t escape the grasping hunters who hound them, the future of a broken America will be destroyed. Everything Lani has ever loved will burn with them. Somehow, she must find a path through friendship and loyalty to save them all.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 3 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book started out... confusing, I had no idea what was going on. I got hooked into it though after reading about a girl who could talk to flies. This is one of the most imaginative stories I have ever read.
I love how the author incorporated a devotion to the characters' family and how much Iolani would do for them. I was cheering, laughing and crying throughout the story.
I love the author's writing style, the whole book was detailed and flowing.
I was delighted with the plot line, it is so different and just plain brilliant.
This book is amazingly realistic and makes you believe that all these events of death, determination, and memory stealing men could happen.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves enchanting tales of survival, magic, and bravery.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up.
Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.