Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire's Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.
When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)
If she can't find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests...
A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.
Warning: May contain nuts.
Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by tor.com
Five stars: An outstanding adventure in a land of sugar and nonsense. Rich world building, fascinating story, great characters and plenty of adventure. Love this series.
At Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the kids are used to the unexpected. After all, every one of the residents has visited a fantastical world that they entered through a mysterious doorway. Once the child returned to the real world, they found that their hearts longed only to find their doorways again and return to the world only found beyond a hidden doorway. Even though the kids are used to strange things, they are taken back when a naked girl with candy corn eyes, falls from the sky demanding to see her mother. Rini comes from the Land of Nonsense, and she seeks her mother, Sumi. Unfortunately for Rini, Sumi died at the home at the hands of one of the other residents years before Rini was born. Is it possible for some of the children to travel to Rini’s world in order to save Sumi and Rini?
What I Liked:
- If you haven’t plunged into this brilliant series by Seanan McGuire, you don’t know what you are missing. I love this fantastical series. The world building is beyond amazing, the characters unique and interesting, the plots are imaginative and the stories are wonderful. I can’t get enough.
- This latest book, Beneath the Sugar Sky takes the cake as far as world building (bad pun intended). The children travel to the Land of Nonsense, a world made up of sugar and baked confectionaries. The oceans are strawberry rhubarb soda, and the world is made of cookies and brownies and all things sweet. I absolutely loved this creative world of sweets. It was a delight to read.
- The characters are outstanding. I adored Cora, a girl returned from a mermaid-ocean world. Cora has spent her entire life hearing about her weight. I loved her attitude and my heart went out to her as she struggled with her body issues. She was amazing. Christopher is a boy returned from a land filled with skeletons and all things dead. He is the brains of the group, quick to problem solve and figure out how to restore Sumi. I enjoyed his struggle with dealing with the the misconceptions of the dead. Kade is Eleanor’s replacement. He is the only one who doesn’t seek his door. He is intelligent, kind, resourceful and he struggles with his own body issues. What I love most about these characters is that they are real, and they come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and they all struggle with real issues such as gender identity, sexuality, body image etc. Big props to Ms. McGuire for writing genuine, realistic and relatable characters.
- The story is unique and interesting and it is one that you have to wrap your head around. Basically, the group is on a quest to try to recover a dead girl so she can live to birth a daughter and save the World of Nonsense in the future. They visit other interesting worlds and meet some of the unique inhabitants that live in these other fantastical worlds.
- The ending is perfect. It ends the main story line, ties up a loose end, and yet it still leaves the reader hungering for more. Luckily, another volume is in the works.
And The Not So Much:
- The only hesitation I have with this series is that the books are never long enough, they are more like novellas, and I am always wanting more. Please keep them coming!
Beneath the Sugar Sky is an immediate favorite in one of the most ingenious and creative series I have ever read. I love the realistic, relatable characters and the issues they deal with. The world building is outstanding. I adore these creative worlds, and I am always eager for the next door. If you want a clever, unique and imaginative series that you will devour, this is it. READ THIS SERIES!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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