Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HarperCollins

Date: April 2015

Duration: 9 hours 23 minutes


Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
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 the 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 whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy rich with symbolism and steeped in allegory. Aza's journey pulls her deep into the questions of home, of love, of self, and of just what it means to find them all.


  • NaTaya H

    Actual rating - 3.5 This was a lovely book to read, and I enjoyed it. I actually listened to it on audio book, and I have to say, there were parts of it that were either VERY well-written or VERY well-read. I am not sure which, but either the book itself or the woman doing the reading had me in tears. I don't mean watery eyes. I don't mean sad heart. I mean straight up, tears streaming down the face sobbing. I'm not going to mention which parts for which this happened to me because I do not want to spoil anything, but truly. I was sobbing. It was very well-done. I also liked the premise. I love the idea of a heart bird or a lung bird. A bird that bonds with a special "person" -- a Magonian -- and helps them sing powerful songs that change the world, like a magical ability. I love books where individuals have magic powers anyway, but this particular book was definitely a new take on how one acquires those powers. It was a lovely idea. I will more than likely read the next book in the series when I have the time. I would highly recommend it to young adult readers or adults who enjoy young adult literature. It is not the involved fantasy novel I was hoping it would be, seeing as how it was endorsed by and compared to Neil Gaiman and his work, but it was still enjoyable. I do NOT recommend it for people who are hardcore Gaiman, Brooks, Martin, or Tolkien fans and are looking for something in that vein. That is what I thought it was going to be going into it. I was mistaken; however, I still enjoyed it because I also love books by Roth, Collins, Taylor, and others. If you enjoy young adult literature, definitely check this one out.


by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Magonia, Maria Dahvana Headley