REVIEW: Wingbound by Heather Trim

Review - Wingbound by Heather Trim

The story follows a teenager named Ledger, on his journey to find his missing friend, Alouette. Ledger is a blacksmith's apprentice from Balfour and Alouette is one of the Sky People from Ellery. They meet at the age of 12 during the yearly visits the Ellerian make to the region to steal whatever the Balfour have harvested. Every year they would meet in secret to talk, fly and have a bit of fun amidst the ongoing yearly war. When Ledger was about 17, he created a contraption that would let him fly like Alouette since he had wanted to experience that again with her. When he finds out the island the Ellery travel on was empty, he decided to board it and find out what happened to Alouette and the Sky People. Fortunately or unfortunately, his brother, cousin and a few others decided to go on the journey with him. I was upset for Ledger half the time reading because his companions were angry at him for being on the moving island when he didn't even invite them. He wasn't appreciated by his brother or the others and the poor kid felt so alone. The journey on the island around the planet was filled with many hardships, fear, hope, and a few bright moments. The world building was fantastic, although, around the middle of the book, the pace of the story slowed down, I pushed through. There are still a few mysteries not solved from this book that will hopefully be explained in the coming book. It's a great beginning to a unique storyline!

Title: Wingbound

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Ledger is supposed to fear and despise the Sky People of Ellery. When an Ellerian girl named Alouette with beautiful, white wings sneaks into his village, everything changes. With his village at war with the winged people who live on the floating island that circles their world, he does the unthinkable: he befriends her.