Goodreads.com Description: “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.”
About the Author
Caroline A. Gill went to school at UCLA and NIU. She married the love of her life. Facing the world with children made her aware of how vulnerable they are. Weaving tales of courage, she tries to find hope. Living near the great California Redwoods, she finds a sense of the finite and infinite touching. The creative world is like that, especially when authors feel inspired.
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I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Flying Away by Caroline A. Gill is a surprising, imaginative tale about magic and hope. The surprise comes in the form of the “carriers” of magic. If I say anything more than that, I’ll spoil it for you.
I loved the premise of this story. The main character, Lani, stumbles across a scheme involving harvesting humans. And what’s being culled? Memories. These memories are used to improve the lives of others. Gill created a world, twisted it, and then tossed in a good dose of magic for good measure. It made for an intriguing book.
Flying Away didn’t have a huge cast of characters. My favorites were Lani and her friend Malcolm. I loved her strength. She didn’t think twice about helping those around her, whether family or stranger. The whole time she reminded readers that she was just a kid. She wasn’t supposed to have the answers. But her clinging to hope provided solutions for all. Malcolm was the true friend. Lani had moved away and was out of his life. He didn’t hesitate to help her when she returned.
I appreciated how this book ended on a high note. Gill did a great job of wrapping things up without a cliffhanger.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)