(The Flykeeper Chronicles, #1)
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.
Let me start off with saying what a delightfully different book! While I had read the summary of the story, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and I was led on an adventure! It was a quick read and for the most part, I was completely entertained! There were moments where I felt a bit lost, but I was able to catch up pretty quickly and the story line kept on going, albeit a bit strangely. I’m still not completely sure I believe the flies aspect of the story line, but it definitely gave the story an edge that I haven’t found in another book.
Flying Away was a book that was well written as the author’s first book, with delightful and mysterious writing and detailed, complex characters that were eager to keep the story going. Iolani, and her cousin Eleanor, were a delight to follow along on their journey. I loved how Mango, Lani’s mare, was a big part of the story. She was a great and well liked addition. The author did a magnificent job in developing the characters and the story line to the point that it was a refreshing new take for young adult readers! The men with the lanterns were something else that I wasn’t expecting and I have to say that they were definitely on the disturbing and sinister side with an uncanny ability to creep me out. Well written, Caroline Gill!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the dystopian/fantasy genres and looking for something that is on the new side. The interesting take on the young adult adventures that wasn’t your normal dystopian novel. It is the start of a fun new series that is sure to keep your attention!
I gave this book 4 stars!
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Good luck and happy page turning!