When angels start falling from the sky, it seems like the world is ending. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
As the world goes wild for angels, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, still reeling from her mother’s recent death and the sudden disappearance of her ex-girlfriend, she’s determined to stay out of it.
Then something incredible happens: an angel lands right at Jaya’s feet – and it’s alive…
Its taken me a while to write this book review. I don’t really know where to begin. I loved every page. I devoured the book and I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t stop wondering why the events that happen, happened. I can’t stop thinking about everything that Jaya and her friends go through.
There is a lot going on in this book; grief, spirituality, sexuality, mental health breakdowns, illnesses. You name it, it appears. It would probably need every trigger warning going. And all of this is packed into 280 pages, with fantasy elements thrown in. Its definitely not a light read, but I read it in a matter of days – I think in about 3 sittings because I couldn’t get enough of it.
The writing is simple, which is good because it ran the risk of indicating too much from the angels if it was any heavier. It had that swathe of fantasy, because of the angels, but other than that, it was about growing up, dealing with grief and friendships. The angels are the backdrop to everything else thats going on, and a reason as to why the world is going to pot around Jaya – the reason why no one notices her life going to pot.
There are so many questions left unanswered at the end of this book, but I loved the ending. I thought it was perfect. I don’t want to say too much because it would be so super spoilery, but I couldn’t think of a more appropriate ending.
The thing that I adored more than anything from this book was the setting. The majority, but not all, of the book is set in Edinburgh. Which happens to be one of my favourite cities. I loved knowing the streets that Jaya was walking, the location where the angel falls in Edinburgh is special to me too. I think when you have a connection to the place where a book you are reading is set, it helps you love it even more, and that definitely happened with Out of the Blue.
Out of the Blue was published by MacMillan Children’s Books in March 2018. My copy was sent to be in my A Box of Stories box which was gifted.