FLYING AWAY by Caroline A Gill
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.
This has to be one of the strangest books I’ve read in a long time. Who knew files could be heroes. This is Ms. Gill’s first book, but she has two more in this series that will be released this year. I will be waiting in line.
For a first time author, I was impressed by how well-written the story was. Her writing was magical and fanciful, light and dark. Even though I loathe the overuse of metaphors, they fit right in, adding an element to the writing that would’ve been missing otherwise. Ms. Gill’s description of everything around the characters helped draw me into the story. I fell in love with Iolani and her dogged determination to save her cousin Eleanor and her mare Mango. Ms. Gill did a masterful job in developing Lani’s magical connection with the flies. How wonderful.
My only point of contention, I just don’t see how men with green lanterns stealing people’s memories would not have been noticed. But the story is so well-crafted that I really didn’t care. If you’re tired of the same boring plot lines and you’re thirsting for something new and different, then you need to read this story. This book will definitely be one of my favorites for 2016. I give it 5 feathers and I can’t wait to read the next story in the series.