Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

I picked up The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester because Stephenie Meyer recommended it on her blog. And as I have loved all of Ms. Meyer's novels so far, I thought a book recommended by her would probably suit my reading tastes. I was not disappointed. Especially as she described it as a young adult novel of Little House on the Prairie crossed with X-Men.

Piper McCloud lives an idyllic life on the farm of her parents in a rural community where things tend to stay the same and conformity is the key. Piper has a secret though . . . she can fly. Once the town gossip finds out, the entire world finds out and Piper soon finds herself wisked away to a top secret school for the gifted. Things at the school turn out to not be as it at first seems. . . to say more would ruin the plot!

This book reminded me of 1984 and a reverse on the short story "Harrison Bergeron" (Kurt Vonnegut), but for young adults. The last half of the book really made you think about conformity and the lengths society will go to to stamp out people who are "different." It was a good book for teens as well as adults.

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