Like everyone else in the world, Mia Bryn lives in the dark. Buried in an underground compound, her life is spent in brief allotments of florescent light and dwindling food supplies. But when a letter arrives, Mia and her father are invited to embark on a journey that no one else has been allowed to take for over a hundred years. They are asked to leave the ground and travel into the air. But the outside world is more surprising and dangerous than Mia could have ever imagined. To survive, she must trust her instincts, learn about a world she knows nothing about, and accept her destiny.
“Downing’s Into The Air is that fresh take on the YA post-apocalyptic vision we’ve all been waiting for. Mia Bryn is a wonderful character—one who starts out charmingly mortal but soon becomes the heroine we, and her people, need her to be. Can’t wait for the next Mia chapter!” Bruce McAllister, Author of the Cybils-nominated The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic
“There’s a new star in the Young Adult firmament—A. K. Downing’s series, beginning with Into The Air, is sure to be a reader favorite right up there with The Hunger Games and The 100 trilogy.” Richard Snodgrass , Author of There’s Something in the Back Yard
WHAT IF YOU ENTERED A WORLD YOU DIDN’T KNOW
“Did you ever feel so lost that you didn’t know if the ground was above your head or below your feet?”
Guest Book Review by Rachel Quaill
Into the Air By A.K. Downing
I feel like the era of great dystopian novels are truly upon us. A.K. Downing easily transports you into the world of Mia, the story’s determined heroine, where life is drab and filled with rules. Mia, strong-willed and yearning for more, excitedly faces her new pre-orchestrated path to the unknown, which is above ground, completely different from where Mia’s father, Malcolm and Mia have spent the majority of their lives. Any reader is immediately propelled into a page turning quest while Mia and her new found responsibilities face their pre-ordained place in this world with compassion, courage and a sense of purpose.
Along the lines of any great dystopian novel you will find unexpected turn of events, cruel and forceful foes along with unexpected friends and saviors that assist Mia on her quest. Not sure of how or why, Mia finds her footing in this world and in the end forges a new path towards a happier existence. I am sure there will be more to follow from Downing, hopefully sooner than later.
About the author
A. K. Downing is the author of the young adult, adventure novel Into the Air. She grew up in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania and spent her summers exploring the fields, woods and orchards of her grandparents’ farm. She studied graphic design at Kent State University and currently works as a Creative Director. She enjoys history, camping, and walking through fields of tall grass, and feels there is no better way to see the world than from the top of a horse. She currently lives in the woods with her husband, daughter, two cats and five chickens. Into the Air is her first novel.
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