Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally, she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.
Let me just start off by saying, the representation/diversity in this book is great! I had no idea it would be diverse going in, it was a nice surprise!
There are two LGBT characters, the main character (Jaya) is mixed-race and it has chronic illness rep! Overall, loads of great rep and it was well done from what I can tell.
It also deals with death/grief, which is a big part of the story – it’s not just about angels/ magic realism. It deals with loss and the struggle of moving on.
The writing style is really nice, easy and super quick to read. The descriptions of Scotland really make me want to visit! It sounds so beautiful.
The Beings (angels) were super interesting, I wish we could’ve learned more. (More about this below, contains minor spoilers!)
Since this book is pretty short, I don’t want to give anything away. I think it would be better to go in blind, as I did!
Jaya: I loved Jaya! She was a great point of view to read from. She’s a very relatable teen dealing with the loss of her mother. Her father has become obsessed with tracking the angels (Beings) and uprooted the family to Edinburgh, where he believes the next Being will fall.
Allie & Calum: Twins that Jaya meets and end up helping her with the Being. I really enjoyed both Allie and Calum, they were a great addition to the story. I really liked their friendship with Jaya and their belief in treating the Beings as people was a nice touch.
Overall, a really great read. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is that we never get closure on the Beings. You never find out why they’re falling or anything about where they come from. I would’ve loved to know more about the Beings and their world and why they were being just thrown to earth. Sigh.
Rating: 4 Stars!
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