New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones introduces sassy alien-hunting cheerleader Mana in Flying, the launch of a sparkling new YA Science Fiction series.
People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's babying gets more stifling than ever, she's looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while.
But that night, Mana's life goes haywire.
First, the hot guy she's been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she's always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective.
It turns out, Mana's frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she's missing--taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother--and maybe the world--and hope she's up to the challenge.
Oh, man, this book was a lot of fun to read! To be thrown into this world of aliens is pretty intense, but I loved the way that Mana dealt with it! Between her narration, and what was going on, this book was just so hilarious!
There were a lot of action sequences. And given that Mana reacts without knowing what she's doing, at least at first, was pretty unexpected, but the right moves. I wouldn't want to be her, but she was pretty awesome to read about!
I really enjoyed the relationships within this book. Between Mana and her best friend, Lyle, between her and her mom, and between her and China. They're all important, and they all move the plot forward, in different ways! Loved reading about them!
There was a lot of back and forth and twists as to where the chip is. And who wants it. And what's on it. So those were fun times. While it wasn't a perfectly happily ever after, there is a sequel to deal with her mom in a coma, and her and Lyle. I wants to read it!
Loved this book, it was so fantastic, and I can't wait to read the sequel!
Author: Carrie Jones
Series: Flying #1
Read: September 11th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her writing and it sounds so good! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: July 19th 2016