[Review] Into the Air by A. K. Downing

Like everyone else in the world, Mia Bryn lives in the dark. Buried in an underground compound, her life is spent in brief allotments of florescent light and dwindling food supplies. But when a letter arrives, Mia and her father are invited to embark on a journey that no one else has been allowed to take for over a hundred years. They are asked to leave the ground and travel into the air. But the outside world is more surprising and dangerous than Mia could have ever imagined. To survive, she must trust her instincts, learn about a world she knows nothing about, and accept her destiny.

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“Downing’s Into The Air is that fresh take on the YA post-apocalyptic vision we’ve all been waiting for. Mia Bryn is a wonderful character—one who starts out charmingly mortal but soon becomes the heroine we, and her people, need her to be. Can’t wait for the next Mia chapter!” Bruce McAllister, Author of the Cybils-nominated The Village Sang to the Sea: A Memoir of Magic

“There’s a new star in the Young Adult firmament—A. K. Downing’s series, beginning with Into The Air, is sure to be a reader favorite right up there with The Hunger Games and The 100 trilogy.” Richard Snodgrass , Author of There’s Something in the Back Yard

WHAT IF YOU ENTERED A WORLD YOU DIDN’T KNOW

“Did you ever feel so lost that you didn’t know if the ground was above your head or below your feet?”

About the author
A. K. Downing is the author of the young adult, adventure novel Into the Air. She grew up in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania and spent her summers exploring the fields, woods and orchards of her grandparents’ farm. She studied graphic design at Kent State University and currently works as a Creative Director. She enjoys history, camping, and walking through fields of tall grass, and feels there is no better way to see the world than from the top of a horse. She currently lives in the woods with her husband, daughter, two cats and five chickens. Into the Air is her first novel.

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Into the Air is set in a very distant dystopian future where the world has been ravaged by nuclear explosions that has left the survivors living underground for the last 100 years. As you can imagine living underground would be unbearable – dark and dank and just plain miserable in my eyes.

We meet Mia Bryn – a sixteen year old girl who has lived underground all her live until one time when she was ten year old she and her father moved compounds – unheard off at the best of times going out the compound but moving compounds even more rare! One day a letter arrives for her father – an invitation to go the Academy – this opens up a myriad of questions for Mia – what is the world like outside the compound? How did this messenger survive to deliver the letter? Is it safe to live outside the compound?

What ensues leaves Mia fighting for her life in a world that is based on lies and control. This was a fantastic read though I felt the ending came to head rather rushed and somewhat suddenly. A good portion of the book sees Mia fighting for survival with a group of trackers protecting her as she makes her way back to the City Site. I felt I was left with a lot of questions and I really hope there is another book to follow up with this.

I loved Downings world building and the characters she created – some you will love and others you will hate. This is a great book for both young and old alike and if you love dystopian story lines this is one to add to your list to read.

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