Book Review: Magonia

Book: Magonia

Author: Maria Dahvana Headley

Plot:  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?

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


It was pretty weird at the start

When I started reading this book I was in full mood to hate it because nothing seemed to make sense. The first few chapters were gibber gabbers with no connection to each other. It was like listening to somebody who was high on drugs and talking about parallel universe with unicorns and ponies. In short weird and creepy . It took a while for me to see the potential of the book and I must say went on to turn out not that weird after all

Stay a bit patient with the book. First couple of chapter sort of makes you feel a little uncomfortable with choppy narration and blurring ongoing scenes and imaginary scenes and its when the book take control of the actual course that you feel, yes this is good enough to invest time

I am pretty sure that this book is not going to be of everybody’s liking as it sort of requires a particular taste with the kind of narration technique and language it has. Get past through that and you will see that the world and concept brought on by the author is completely amazing and genius. Like “why hasn’t anybody thought this before” kind of concept

The flow is not exactly smooth until you reach a certain point in the book, which it runs smooth and sort of picks up pace and makes you engrossed and suddenly everything seems normal and fine with the book

Its pretty different world they are talking about and that’s one thing that you can count on the book for. Approach the book with a bit of patience and time and you will be fine