Title: Magonia by Rick Riordan
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Release Date: 4/28/2015
Reviewed by: Mia
I was surprised by how much I liked Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. The first chapter makes the book seem like any other “main character dying of deathly disease, has crush (maybe, not yet fully determined) on best friend” book in circulation right now, if not a bit more eccentric, but as I kept reading, it became much more. The author put a whole new spin on dying. It’s something that doctors can’t find a cure for, and by giving it a cure, this would be out of the realm of modern science; moving to an entirely different part of the atmosphere. This book combined my love of environmental science, and my childhood dreams of living on a pirate ship, and being able to fly. Maria also introduces an entirely different way of doing magic, through being able to sing, long as a song bird, and actually having one living in her chest. I found the book new, and exciting, but also educational. It teaches readers that by harming the earth, we are not just hurting ourselves and nature, but also other creatures that could be relying on us for their survival.
“Something has happened above the clouds that man has not accounted for.”
Maria does a great job at introducing this new world of Magonia, but also takies into account how humans would react to the news of a world above ours, that has always been there, stealing our crops to survive. Overall Magonia is a well thought out book, that will have readers quickly turning it’s pages to find out more about the wonderfully alluring world.