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magonia review

magonia by maria dahvana headley


rating: 3.5/5

genre: YA, fantasy, romance

synopsis: 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. All the doctors can do is give her drugs and hope they keep her alive: 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. The sickness catches up with her.

Aza is lost to our world.

And found by another.


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 she can use it to change the world.

As she navigates her new life, Aza discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. In Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

my thoughts:

i’ve been seeing this all over tumblr, so i was super excited when i saw it at my library. there’s definitely a lot of hype around this book, and i don’t think it really lived up to the hype. however, there were several things that i did like about it.

i really liked the concept of “magonia,” a world that exists above the real world. i feel like the execution could have been a lot better, as a lot of things were unexplained and i was constantly confused about what was going on. it was an interesting idea, but it wasn’t carried out well, and the world-building was lacking.

i liked the characters, but there was a lot missing in terms of development. i feel like the main character definitely changed, but i don’t know if she really developed. she finds out that she isn’t what she thought she was, but she doesn’t really seem to grow in any way.

my favorite part of the writing style was the writing style. the narration really showed the personalities of the main characters, and i just thought that the writing flowed really smoothly.

overall, magonia fell just a little short of my expectations, lacking development. nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read.

goodreads || book depository

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