I can't put this book down! Why can't my train ride be longer??? Rachel Neumeier's new YA fantasy, THE FLOATING ISLANDS, is so beautifully-written and I'm absolutely in love with Trei and Araene. Trei's this serious, withdrawn type who lost his family--his whole birthplace, actually--in a natural disaster. So he goes to live with his uncle and he meets his cousin Araene for the first time. She's so spunky and rebellious, ah she's my hero.
Anyway, it just came out this February and you have to get it nowwww. Also, in case you're still not convinced, FLOATING ISLANDS was listed as one of the 2011 New & Notable Teen Books on Amazon.com. Here's more info:
In this young adult fantasy filled with rich language, Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster and must search out distant relatives in a new land. The Floating Islands are unlike anything Trei has ever seen: stunning, majestic, and graced with kajurai, men who soar the skies with wings. Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands his passion is his newfound cousin Araene. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araene has a secret of her own, a dream a girl cannot attain.
Trei and Araene quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths. But neither suspects that their lives will be deeply entwined, and that the fate of the Floating Islands will lie in their hands.
THE FLOATING ISLANDS was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection and received a starred review from Kirkus.
"Intelligent, richly detailed fantasy…The author delineates complex characters, geographies and societies alike with a dab hand, deftly weaves them all…into a suspenseful plot and delivers an outstanding tale that is self-contained but full of promise for sequels." --Kirkus (starred review)