Published by HarperCollins on April 28 2015
Genres: fantasy, ya
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Magnolia is one of those books that is hard to pin down. I heard this one is being pitched as a combination of Gaiman and Green. While that is a strange combination that is a pretty good approximation.
Aza’s story is beautiful in it’s awkwardness. It is told in the rambling words of angsty and love-sick teenagers; let’s be honest – that can get real annoying, real fast. But the story and world building is enough to move you deeper and deeper into the story.
The story is crazy, but in a fun holy-crap-there-are-squallwhales kind way.
That’s right, I said squallwhales.
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?