The Unknown Sun by Cheryl Mackey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
I was instantly hooked on this book. Unknown Sun is written from the point of view of the main character, Moira, a high school student with many physical and mental scars due to a plane crash and car crash.
The author captures the way a girl would feel if she was forgotten by a parent, made fun of in school and felt ugly. She would wish to be invisible and would want to hide behind her bangs.
The author really made me feel for Moira. She has been through so much: the death of her siblings and her mom, a father who seems too reticent with her and a school filled with mean girls.
Moira is rescued from that world by a twist of fate after an evil boy beats her almost to death. I love that this event changes her from an invisible girl into a human that must save the world. I am unsure if Moira is pulled into another dimension or transported to another planet at first.
Moira shares the role of defender of the universe with two very unusual characters. They are winged characters of great beauty. There is the hunky tall warrior, Bel, and his sister, Airi, a tall thin woman with great survival skills that anyone would envy.
I like that Moira feels helpless at first and clings to Bel and Airi but as the plot of develops she becomes empowered. The king of the land and Bel and Airi’s father has a rival for the throne who is evil. There is a battle for the throne which seems to start because Moira arrives and is the supposed savior prophesied in their mythology.
The mother of Bel and Airi was not a winged creature like them but was the one who set the wheels in motion to save the land and have Moira fulfill her destiny. The three must first find the mother’s diary and then free the four gods that have been imprisoned while avoiding the wrath of their uncle who wants to be king.
I was taken in by the battle scenes and the mysteries solved by the three as well as the courage of Moira. For a young girl she showed tenacity and skills beyond her earthly years.
The book ends with the readers wanting to know more about the characters and how they will recover and move forward. I have to say this is an excellent story for girls that need to be empowered. It was a book I read in two days because I just couldn’t wait to see how Moira, Bel and Airi dealt with their fates and I loved the new world and wanted to learn more about it.
Great book would recommend it to young readers of about thirteen and up.
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