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Title: Flying Blind
Author: Caroline A. Gill
Series: The Flykeeper Chronicles, #2
Publication date: May 21st 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult
In a broken America, seventeen-year old Iolani Bearse encounters a world full of wonder and danger.
Lani discovers a secret: houseflies have magic.
Stealers have no mercy.
Armed with memory-draining lanterns, the stone-cold hunters relentlessly follow catastrophes, laying traps, preying on the weak.
Together with her father, Eleanor, Sam, and Mango, her beloved pinto mare, Lani rescues victims from the grasp of Memory Stealers. One by one, she saves whomever she can, looking for any path that leads to safety. When her family’s farmhouse is attacked, Lani must act quickly to save those she loves.
Can Lani unmask their powerful, hidden enemies before the flies’ magic fails and everything burns to ashes?
Will the loss of one of her greatest friends become her downfall?
Can Lani overcome the evil that is tearing her world apart, flying blind?

Purchase: Amazon

After reading, and loving, Flying Away, I was really looking forward to Caroline A Gill’s sequel, Flying Blind. Unfortunately, this continuation of Lani’s story did not quite capture me in the same way that Flying Away did. In fact, about a third of the way through Flying Blind, when Lani finds herself captured, I lost the thread of the plot completely. My attention was fully captured again after just a few chapters but my overall enjoyment and understanding of later events was affected.
In Flying Blind the narrative is shared between Lani; a new character, Al; and James, who only has a small part in the story. This adds a little more excitement and gives the reader alternative points of view, as well as increasing our apprehension about what is happening to the characters in our absence.
In Flying Blind Lani is more confident in her flysight ability and is still determined to stop the Memory Stealers. However, the complexities of the plot mean that Lani’s resolve does waiver and we doubt that she will reach the ending safely, and sanely. Lani is pushed to her limits by loss, betrayal and manipulation and again it is the flies which are the surprising heroes of the story.
As readers, we are torn between respect for the flies and disgust, particularly in the moments when Lani describes maggots hatching in her hair, and for me it was the eye episode!
Al and Cheesie are two men on the run from the Memory Stealers who invaded their retirement home. As a pair, they add some light-hearted humour to Flying Blind and Al’s story is especially tense and dramatic. Considering Al and Cheesie are supposed to be elderly I was surprised at how strong and energetic they are and I sometimes found it hard to believe how their story unfolds (but then Flying Blind is a fantasy!)
The real beauty of Caroline A Gill’s books is in her description of people and places, which completely draws the reader in, alerting all of our senses,

“The underground room was chilly. I could see clouds when he exhaled.
The walls were painted battleship gray, consciously designed to drive men from boredom. Several brown, runny splotches interrupted the awful color. All of it probably smelled of antiseptic and stale coffee. The small table was old plastic with that fake-wood laminate on top that made it cold to the touch.”

Although I did not enjoy Flying Blind as much as Flying Away, Lani’s adventure is still riveting and I love Caroline A Gill’s writing style. I look forward to the conclusion of the series, Flying Free.


About the Author
Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.


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