Hello friends, I’m here with another fabulous book review/Spotlight for you! I am just minutes after finishing Wire Wings by Wren Handman and wondering how I’m going to keep from slipping into a book hangover. I am so grateful to The Parliament Press for the chance to read and review before release, which happens to be tomorrow!! This is not a paid review, just an exchange for an honest review.
Graciela does as she’s told: she cowers beneath the towering intellect of her parents, goes to school, toes the line. But in the Waves, a virtual reality world, Graciela can be anyone, anywhere, anytime. Free.
In the real world, Graciela is drowning. Her best friend recently passed away, she’s suffering from crippling panic attacks, and her only connection to life is Khaiam, who keeps trying to draw her back to reality.
But how can he compete with the Waves? There, she can be whoever she dreams. And in that world, there’s Thomas, the stunning stranger with haunted eyes she’s only ever met online. Thomas seems to be able to defy the rules of the Waves, and he holds secrets of his own—about the origins of his creation, the nature of AI, and about Gracie’s own past. He will lead her on a dangerous road to truths she isn’t ready for, and the ultimate decision between acceptance and identity, duty and love, life and freedom.
What an imaginative scifi story that isn’t just some cool read about the creation of an AI being, but a story that shows that living with grief can be tough. That dealing with loss, and losing your sense of connection with others and the world around you, can be devastating and invisible to people close to you.
Graciela is dealing with the loss of one of her best friends and immersed herself in the digital world of the waves and diving with her link. It’s her escape from reality, from her grief. With her father’s upcoming press release of their creation of an AI life form, things get a little tricky when Graciela has a chance encounter with it on a dive that turns into much more than a brush with the renegade Charlie. Graciela starts spending more time with “Thomas”, the new name she’s given AI Charlie, and less time in the real world with her friend Khaiam and his friends from school. The struggle of trying to be more connected to people in the real world, versus spending time with Thomas present the most challenging struggle yet.
Such beautiful writing of loss, grief and learning to lean on those around you. This story will draw you in and take you on a roller coaster of emotions. I hope you’re sitting down as you come to the end, because it will be a hard stop that leaves your stomach flipped. I dearly hope that there is a sequel because I am dying for more of the story!
This book would be a great read for anyone who is a fan of The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, as it deals in similar topics/themes of dealing with grief. If you like scifi then you’ll love Wire Wings, or if you’re looking to dip your toes into the genre then this is a book I’d definitely recommend starting with. This was such a fantastic treat to read and definitely a story I will think about often. I hope your summer is going well and that your reading is adventurous.
Positive Vibes and Happy Reading!