It’s not every day that I pick up a book and literally cannot put it down. If I do, I end up carrying the book around the house and hide it in my purse so I can read it whenever I have a spare moment. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger is one of those books. I read this book over the course of two days. I was enthralled by how the plot was different than most young adult novels. I loved the characters and their progression throughout the story. In general, this was just a great book.
The story switches between Vane Weston and his mystery girl Audra. Vane has no memory of his childhood; the part from before he miraculously survived a tornado that destroyed everything around it, including his parents. All he remembers is a shadow of a girl with long black hair. Now, stuck in the desert, Vane finally gets to meet the enigma known as Audra. Vane doesn’t just meet Audra, but discovers that he and Audra are air elementals known as sylphs and not regular humans. They control the wind. Audra has sworn her life to protect Vane because he’s the last of his kind. Vane is the last western-wind speaking sylph and a very powerful enemy will do anything to learn Vane’s language of the western winds.
What I liked about this book was that it wasn’t about the typical young adult figures: vampires, witches, angels or demons. Let the Sky Fall broke out of the mold and offered a new mythical creature to YA literature. It was interesting to read about these new beings known as sylphs. The imagery of Audra and Vane controlling the wind and speaking to it was very beautiful. I felt like the description in the book was not over-powering but instead inspiring. I loved reading how much Audra loved the wind and how it spoke to her.
Of course, there is a love story, and a pretty good one at that. However, I think the love story was a bit predictable at times. I didn’t mind it though. I liked reading about a boy who had never been kissed and was fawning over his one true love. I liked that most of the romance was from the male point of view instead of the female. I also liked that Audra is portrayed as a strong young woman who can mostly take care of herself. It’s empowering to read her side of the story as she battles with themes such as honor, duty, and love.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, fast read full of action, love, and a little suspense. Let the Sky Fall is a great read that had me entranced until the end. Luckily, this book is a part of a series, so, I won’t have to wait long for the next book. While the book leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger, it’s just enough to get me excited for the sequel.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon Pulse. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.