Magonia Review

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Title: Magoina

Author: Maria Dahvana Headley

Publisher: HarperCollins

Flap Copy:

“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?”

What to say about this book? I love the cover. The story was neat. BUT…I kind of felt like it was really preachy, if that makes any sense. The message of environmentalism felt very heavy handed and at times, I grew weary of it.

That being said, it is an interesting story. I like the idea of revisiting naval exploration, but through the sky and a race of people who live there. That is a very fresh idea. Based on the book, I suspect there will be a sequel, which I hope explores more of Magoina.

Was it my favorite book of the year? No, surprisingly not.

Don’t get me wrong, Headley’s writing style is gorgeous, like Kristin Cashore’s style. But I was not a fan of the preachiness I felt from the book. Honestly, that kind of knocked it down a few pegs for me.

Would I have acquired this? Yes, I would have, if only to move away from the heavy message of environmentalism. I liked most everything else about it.


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