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Ava has never left the Parastrata, the ship she was born on – until now. She’s sent to another ship to be married, but things go terribly wrong. With the only family she has ever known trying to kill her, Ava (with help from Iri and Captain Perpetue Gitueau) escapes to Earth to find her blood modrie – her mother’s sister. While Ava is recovering from the trip to Earth, Perpetue teaches her to fly a ship and Miyole, Perpetue’s daughter, teaches her how to read. But when a storm hits and Perpetue dies, Ava and Miyole search for Ava’s modrie. The story expands as Ava learns secrets about her old life. If she had the chance, would she even go back?

This book has a lot that seems obvious to me but to Ava it is foreign, like that sound does not travel through outer space. The society she grew up in did not allow women very many choices. Their job is to give birth and not much more. A lot of this book made me uncomfortable. I really didn’t like reading about that society, and while I wouldn’t do what she did, I don’t think it’s worth death.

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Author Alexandra Duncan
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 528 pages
Publisher Greenwillow Books
Publish Date 4/1/2014
ISBN 9780062220141
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Issue May 2014
Category Young Adult


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