From the Printz Award-winning author of Satellite comes a compelling new novel about a girl who must brave the elements to help a lost child with an otherworldly secret.
Sixteen-year-old Emily is on the run. Between her parents and the trouble she’s recently gotten into at school, she has more than enough reason to get away. But when she finds a little boy named Aidan wandering in the woods, she knows she needs to help him find his way home. But getting home is no easy matter, especially when Emily finds out that Aidan isn’t even from Earth. When their plane crashes into the side of a snowy mountain, it’s up to Emily to ensure Aidan and their pilot, Bob, make it off the mountain alive. Pursued by government forces who want to capture Aidan, the unlikely team of three trek across the freezing landscape, learning more about each other, and about life, than they ever thought possible.
“I love Nick Lake’s writing. I would read anything he wrote–grocery list, email, etc.–because his writing, always, is so real and brave. He takes on subjects other writers might avoid, and he writes the hell out of them.” —New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Niven on Nick Lake
E-ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and are not affected in any way.
Actual rating: 4.5 ⭐
You don’t need to truly know someone in order to be able to love them. You can love them even when you know their true self is alien to the rest of the world as you know it. This is the feeling that this book let me with.
Usually I write my reviews with PROS and CONS points, unless it’s a DNF, but when my mind almost can’t make a comprehensive sentence in order to at least try and be able to explain what a book means for me and how it makes me feel, I write it like this: just rambling thoughts picked from the chaos that my mind is.
This book made me feel warm, loved and powerful, the creator of my own feature. Because this book talks in equal measure about love and about feature, as it talks about hate and past and present. This book it’s having an imposibile shape, like Aidan’s ship, but once you get to know it, to see it as what it is, you can appreciate it at it’s right value. Because this book is a little, single alien on an Earth full of humanly ones.
Your journey with it it will be full of curiosity, fear, questions, love, decisions, power, fight, loyalty and impossibility. Or maybe not. But I encourage you to take your time with this book and discover it piece by piece, word by word. Because nowhere on Earth you will find a book like this one.
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