ENDING FEAR (Gliding Lands Book 1)
by Deanna Fugett
Fourteen-year-old Fear learns she was a parachute baby, dumped over the edge of the Gliding Lands as an infant. Fascinated by the floating cities in the sky before, now she’s desperate for answers.
But a slave isn’t likely to get those answers.
When her abusive Downer family throws her from their hovel, Fear takes refuge with a family who shows her love for the first time. Surely they can’t be trusted. Years of abuse and molestation has taught her that.
Then her brother discovers where she’s hiding and tries to kidnap her. Fear will never let him touch her again. Her new family conceals her at the Fallen, a ranch that hides parachute babies from the Uppers who discarded them.
Just as she’s beginning to embrace yet another home, Fear’s new little sister, Happy, is kidnapped and taken to the Uppers’ temple harem. Fear must go against her namesake, find a working hoverpod, and journey to the dreaded Gliding Lands before the little girl’s innocence is ripped from her forever.
Can she save Happy in time?
And will she find answers to the burning question of why anyone would throw her away?
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A different kind of dystopian read...
Update after reading second time (July 2018): This book was just as amazing as the first time! I absolutely LOVE Fear’s journey of overcoming and growth. Plus, the worldbuilding is still super engaging and hope we have a chance to see more of the Uppers’ world. Totally can’t wait to read Living Brave and a must read for dystopian readers! ..............................………………......................... Original review (Sept. 2017): I just can't even!!!!!! How does one write a review after this kind of adventure? My emotions are still reeling from that VERY unexpected ending! And oh my goodness, let's NOT forget to talk about that bad guy who totally PLAYED MY FACE!!!! Say what?! Oh yeah, what about a certain HANDSOME man who just happens to flip the script ON ME!!! What is happening in The Gliding Lands?! Again, I just can't even with this book, but it was sooooo good! Engaging from the beginning and only increasing where I wanted to refuse to go to bed, but my body said otherwise. I don't even know what to say because my heart is filled with fuzzier, but they are mix fuzzies and NEEDDDDDD book two right now. Everything was just awesome and loved how it all came together so flawlessly (but maybe a little too flawed for certain said characters). One thing stands out the most (beside absolutely loving that the names are emotions because how did the author know this is what I was missing in my book reading life) is the total transformation of Fear. I absolutely love her story and felt she was so real as a main character. My heart grew right along with her. I hope you pick up this dystopian book. It's different, unique, and a must read.