Published by tor.com Pages: 174
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the "real" world.
Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.
Review Beneath the Sugar Sky:
People who have been following my blog for some time now, know that I am absolutely in love with the Wayward Children series By Seanan Mcguire. I even counted the first two installments among my favorite reads of 2017. Beneath the Sugar Sky was very high on my most anticipated releases of 2018 and the moment it came out I dived straight in. Although I was a little unsure about the premise of the book, because part of the story-line is centered around Sumi’s daughter Rini and to accomplish that Mcguire would need to play with timelines.
“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible.”
But she did a wonderful job and I shouldn’t have been afraid. She clearly has a talented for writing and creating engaging stories. Although this book made it clear that I am certainly not a nonsense girl and no such world could ever draw me in. Although the story kicks of in Elenor West school for Wayward children, most of the story-line is set in Confection, a nonsense world made out of sugar, sweets and candy. Going from candy-corn fields over a strawberry lemonade sea. But all-though we enter this whole new world we talk familiar faces from the previous stories with us. Because Beneath the Sugar Sky is a quest story and so we get to see how children react when they enter a world that doesn’t belong to them.
“You were a mermaid, weren’t you? That’s what Nadya said.”
“I still am,” said Cora. “I just have my scales under my skin for now.”
But we are also introduced to a new member of the wayward family: Cora. She is a plus size character that has lived in the Land beneath the Lake as a mermaid. I was so intrigued to read about her. Because as you might know I am plus size myself and I am always happy to see more plus girls in books. Although I struggled with Cora. She is incredibly insecure and relates everything to her obesity. And I completely understand this, because when you are obese you get judged all the time. People will take behind your back. Hateful things will be said. But for some reason I started to hate the pity party Cora threw for herself all the time. On the other hand I loved how McGuire handled an overweight person in a world full of candy. This could have gone wrong very quickly, but she handled it with so much grace, I could only applaud her.
“A cake’s a cake, whether or not it’s been frosted,” said the stranger primly. “You are not a cake, you are a human being, and I can see your vagina,” snapped Nadya. The stranger shrugged. “It’s a nice one. I’m not ashamed of it.”
Another thing I must applaud is the depth in the overall story-line and then I mean the whole series. With every installment we learn a little more about the portal world and how they relate to each-other. Sometimes it feels like science, but wonderfully, interesting, I wish it was true science. So many possibilities, so many layers, such an amazing world-building.
Beneath the Sugar Sky was my least favorite installment so far. But that still makes it pretty amazing. I can’t wait to read more about the Wayward children and was beyond joy when Seanan Mcguire announced she was writing some more books in this series. And while I wait for the next part of the series, I will keep on recommending this series to everyone I know. Go read it! Go read it now!!!!