This novel snuck under the wire to get into my top three young adult novels
for 2012. I read it in one breathless night, and the next morning, when I saw
an airplane flying overhead, I burst into tears. Which, I admit, probably seems like a crazy response, and fairly so. But like all the best, most special books, Ask The Passengers doesn't just satisfy the mind while it's being read-- it also colors life long after it has been put down, making otherwise banal things, like the sight of airplanes overhead, illuminated.
King uses complicated ideas,
recurring imagery and deceptively simple language to craft a story of
incredible honesty and pathos. Those who were unlucky to be around me
in the days after I read it were
subjected to my many gushings-and even with the amount of hyperbolic gushery
I put forth in those days, I'm not sure I did this novel justice. Gorgeous.
Wise. Vibrant. For those who love any of the following authors: David Levithan, Nina LaCour, Sarah Dessen or John Green should certainly take a look.
I cannot wait to pick up more of A. S. King's work. Because if
it's even a FRACTION as good... I may have a new favorite author. For ages 15+ --Reviewed by Maggie, Books Inc. Children's Department Director