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Aerie (Magonia) by Maria Dahvana Headley (2016-10-04) Paperback – January 1, 1767
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I know how that feels. You could say that I missed anything and everything while gnawing on this bland book and I am far from sated.
Aerie is not only bland but disappointing to say the least. I read Magonia only days before Aerie so it was fresh in my head and entirely too anticipated. I REALLY liked Magonia! I know that isn't a common opinion but I really did. This book is a watered down version of Magonia wherein: 1) the main characters are less rich in complexity 2) the banter and interplay between characters are not as authentic or tangible and 3) the whole fantastical imagery not only falls short of WOW but hovers squarely at SOOOOO, I CARE WHY?!? for the entirety of the book. There were new extraordinary creatures introduced, barely utilized and then essentially forgotten. Things simply worked out for the best where need be without effort. A few examples are like when Aza escapes a prison ship with no idea which way to go and no real means to get there & randomly picks a direction only to fall directly into the very (invisible) ship she had been seeking to begin with. OR how the humans can find a way to hook up with the Resistance when they need to, no problem, almost like hailing a cab. OR how they can withstand the lack of oxygen up high by ingesting a miracle pill Eli just happens to carry around with her in bulk...etc...etc...etc
"You don’t know how much you can lie until you find yourself in the middle of it, lying again to cover the lie you already gave out as truth. You don’t know how much you can mess your own life up until you’re looking out from the inside, and thinking you’re not the person you set out to be."
No lies here with this review and I definitely didn't get the journey/experience I set out to get when I wasted the Time, Money and Hope I had with regards to this dud.
Parental Warning: PG-13/R rating for language; R rating for scenes that are not out-right sexually descriptive, but are sexually implicit
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There are a few negatives, such as the book being way too short and not enough subplot going on, but it's clear that this is due to the author's intention for it to be a series, with the next in the anthology already released not long after this one was, with Magonia also too short. Despite this, Aerie is the better of the two and is a book I wish I had read as a child, as I can only imagine how much it would have filled me with wonder.
If you are 11-16 then this will be a great read for you, and may even be your favourite book. If you're older than this, it's easy to appreciate the audience and unique writing style Ms. Headley is going for, and you'll probably have great, if short-lived, fun.