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Flying Away by Caroline Gill
(The Flykeeper Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: January 12th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult

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.


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My Review
Iolani can communicate with flies. In addition to that, since she mistakenly swallowed three flies and with their last flutter, she got the gift to see through the eyes of a fly. How cool is that! She is going to need all the help she can get from the flies as she makes a shocking discovery. Whole communities are being harvested for their memories and when it hits home, she loses her grandma, grandpa, and a cousin . She manages to rescue another cousin. Eleanor. and to escape , even though not entirely unscathed. She seeks out the only person she thinks will believe her, and old childhood friend ,Malcolm. They are the only hope for the entire nation since no one else seems to realise what’s going on.
This was very different than anything I’ve read. I can’t remember ever reading a story where flies were the heroes and played an integral part. I loved the magic they lent to Lani and some of it caught me off guard.
The main character, Iolani (Lani), is resilient, brave and determined and I liked her from the get go. She is also very smart and intuitive which helps her out of tight situations and keeps her alive. I really admired her tenacity.
The plot was a bit confusing at times but it got clearer the more I read on and understood what was actually happening. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding who was divesting people of their memories and lived and I was very curious as to why. The answer when it came was suprising yet satisfying. The ending is a perfect introduction to the sequel which I’m very excited to read.
Overall, an interesting, unique paranormal fantasy with a character you will be rooting for, and a one of a kind plot coupled with jaunty writing and unusual circumstances to deliver a story that will keep you engaged and intrigued throughout.
My Rating
4 hearts
Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.
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