Author: Sophie Cameron
Age/genre: YA contemporary
Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication date: 22/03/18
My rating: ★★★★★
Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.
Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.
When I received an email about this book and saw it was about angels and a contemporary book, I knew I had to read it, I adored this book, when I finished it I just sat there and cried because it was such a beautiful and powerful read. It’s one that has stuck with me since I finished it.
Out of the Blue is the incredible debut from Sophie Cameron. It deals with love, friendship, grief, guilt and forgiveness in such a brilliant and relateable way, the angels falling from the sky didn’t diminish this in any way for me. The story is told from Jaya’s perspective. She’s struggling after the death of her mother, her father has become obsessed with the Beings falling from the sky and her best friend has left suddenly and without a trace. Jaya’s father uproots them to Edinburgh for part of the summer, convinced he can predict when and where the next being will fall and hopefully find it alive.
I love the bond between Jaya and Teacake, you can feel them communicating with each other, even though Teacake doesn’t speak english. I absolutely adore teacake, I can definitely relate to her love of biscuites, chocolate and Tunnocks teacakes. We’d definitely get along. I also love the sibling bond between Jaya and Rani. It’s shaky at times, especially when Rani spends a lot of time with their dad during his obsession with finding a Being. but they still come together when everything is hectic. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil it. Honestly, just read it. You won’t regret it, it’s stunning!
I can’t recommend Out of the Blue enough, it was everything I wanted and more. Contemporary with magical realism has become one of my favourite things in books. I know this isn’t he best review I’ve written, it’s to put into words how much I love this book.
Have you read Out of the Blue yet? Let me know what you thought in the comments.