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Aerie (Magonia, 2) Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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“The stunner in this novel is the romance between Aza and Jason that… transforms slowly to something that is broken and imperfect but also intentional and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Readers [will] happily return here after diving into that splendid start.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The dual-voiced narrative... offers intriguing characterization and gender dynamics, paired with fascinatingly complex world-building that readers familiar with the series will especially enjoy.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A well-paced, cinematic adventure.” -- Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR MAGONIA: “Maria Dahvana Headley is a firecracker: she’s whip smart with a heart, and she writes like a dream.” -- Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Graveyard Book and Coraline
“Magonia is magical. A high-flying, refreshing, and literally out-of-the-blue fantasy with great characters, emotional depth, and a unique fantasy world that I never saw coming.” -- Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Red Queen
“Headley riffs like an improv comic… funny, furious, and vulnerable. The haunting conclusion leaves many issues unresolved, but the ferocious, intelligent power of Aza and Jason’s bond is completely affirmed. Sweeping, strange, and richly imagined, the novel is ideal for fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With lush writing, memorable world building, and an array of peculiar characters, this is sure to thrill readers looking for a distinctive, imaginative tale in the vein of Laini Taylor and Neil Gaiman.” -- Booklist
“The painful, sarcastic beauty of Aza’s interactions down below in the everyday world begs comparisons to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.“ -- Kirkus Reviews
“The book races to an epic confrontation that will leave readers thrilled… romance, danger, and world-building combine.” -- School Library Journal
“The sweeping, lyrical language in both parts of the book is captivating, with haunting scenes woven from carefully chosen, sharply evocative descriptions.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“[A] weird, unique, and beautifully crafted book.” -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
From the Back Cover
Where is home when you were born in the stars?
Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if? you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a skyship, and discovering that your song can change the world.
As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground.
When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever.
In this stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed Magonia, one girl must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; International ed. edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062320556
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062320551
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL680L
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #541,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I know how that feels. You could say that I missed anything and everything while gnawing on this bland book and I am far from sated.
Aerie is not only bland but disappointing to say the least. I read Magonia only days before Aerie so it was fresh in my head and entirely too anticipated. I REALLY liked Magonia! I know that isn't a common opinion but I really did. This book is a watered down version of Magonia wherein: 1) the main characters are less rich in complexity 2) the banter and interplay between characters are not as authentic or tangible and 3) the whole fantastical imagery not only falls short of WOW but hovers squarely at SOOOOO, I CARE WHY?!? for the entirety of the book. There were new extraordinary creatures introduced, barely utilized and then essentially forgotten. Things simply worked out for the best where need be without effort. A few examples are like when Aza escapes a prison ship with no idea which way to go and no real means to get there & randomly picks a direction only to fall directly into the very (invisible) ship she had been seeking to begin with. OR how the humans can find a way to hook up with the Resistance when they need to, no problem, almost like hailing a cab. OR how they can withstand the lack of oxygen up high by ingesting a miracle pill Eli just happens to carry around with her in bulk...etc...etc...etc
"You don’t know how much you can lie until you find yourself in the middle of it, lying again to cover the lie you already gave out as truth. You don’t know how much you can mess your own life up until you’re looking out from the inside, and thinking you’re not the person you set out to be."
No lies here with this review and I definitely didn't get the journey/experience I set out to get when I wasted the Time, Money and Hope I had with regards to this dud.
Parental Warning: PG-13/R rating for language; R rating for scenes that are not out-right sexually descriptive, but are sexually implicit
Top reviews from other countries
There are a few negatives, such as the book being way too short and not enough subplot going on, but it's clear that this is due to the author's intention for it to be a series, with the next in the anthology already released not long after this one was, with Magonia also too short. Despite this, Aerie is the better of the two and is a book I wish I had read as a child, as I can only imagine how much it would have filled me with wonder.
If you are 11-16 then this will be a great read for you, and may even be your favourite book. If you're older than this, it's easy to appreciate the audience and unique writing style Ms. Headley is going for, and you'll probably have great, if short-lived, fun.