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“We Own the Sky,” as the title asserts is a book of fantasy but similar to other books of fantasy and imagination and characters that connect with something or someone beyond themselves, a book of self-discovery. Geared towards a YA audience but not limited to any curious reader of any age, the story and characters somewhat resonate for anyone that may have about experienced the interest to live out their dreams. That is the case for Sylvia, and Crawford writes of her strong desire to want become a singer, especially while she watching a show by a local band The Red Lampposts; it was one of those cathartic moments for her, “…I look up at him, singing, and I can’t help but imagine myself standing there, singing my future songs. Will someone ever feel about me the way I feel about The Red Lampposts right now? Definitely not if I never write my own songs or play my own shows” (Kindle location 1037). But what makes the story quite enlightening and the so-called kicker, the flickering people or Earthly Muses. Sylvia seems to see them when is around artists – they become her Muses, the Latina woman Mariela singing on the stage, and a British guy Vincent that was in music class and at her father’s studio. Sylvia becomes worried why she is the only one that can see these muses, and asked her trusted friend Travis and he clarified a few connections with one of the Muses Mariela – a Puerto Rican singer that her father once performed with but has since passed. As one continues to read, more questions arise, why does Vincent know so much about Sylvia’s life? He reveals the most intimate aspects from how she loves music and can name her favorite bands and all-time favorite albums, and how she has a quirk to name her drum kit Charlie and her guitar Ani and other inanimate objects – a la Hans Christian Andersen.
The book is a page-turner and the first in the Muse Chronicles. No doubt, the story and the characters will fascinate and most likely may bring wonderment to readers that are looking for a book to enjoy for a pleasurable read.
We Own the Sky was a refreshing and unique book to read. I think I have gotten tired of all the old clichés and this one delivered on something different.
Sylvia is a depressed girl who loves music. She doesn’t socialize well and she sees shimmering people that no one else sees. She hides herself in the music of others. The book describes this so well and actually uses real bands and songs and includes a playlist at the end, which I thought was fun and added some neat reference to the book. The only drawback I saw to this was that it might date the book in a few years.
Sylvia discovers the people that only she can see are Muses. Muses inspire people in all forms of art. Sylvia is chosen by a muse named Vincent. He has inspired writers, painters, and now Sylvia as a musician. Also, Vincent isn’t described as a 6’4” tall, perfectly sculpted, blond Adonis. He is described more real than that and I appreciated it. Sylvia is instantly curious and excited about the muses.
The part I loved most about this book is that once Vincent enters Sylvia’s life she doesn’t do the typical, spend every waking moment together and ditch all her friends. Actually, it’s the opposite. Sylvia gains confidence and makes a groups of new friends and even joins a band (without Vincent).
All the side characters are full characters. A lot happens with them that would in typical teenage friendships. The subplots and side stories are just as interesting as the main plot and a couple of times we see thing thru another POV but the book was mainly Sylvia’s. A lot happens in the book. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s not a straight forward boy meets girl love story. It also deals with her new friends, her assumed mental condition, her fathers past and addiction issues, and so much more.
Even Vincent has a past and the Muses are explained and fleshed out well. Like I said, a lot was put into the book but it never felt rushed. It flowed organically and was beautifully written. I had no idea what was going to happen next. The downside is that it ended in a cliffhanger. A big cliffhanger! I forgave it because I already planned on reading the next one. It was too good not too.
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