Two worlds, one fate … Alora was born with the ability to Lift, a power no other women on Terra possess. If the wrong people find out, there’s no telling what will happen. But when she almost kills a man in self-defense, her secret is exposed and she’s forced to run for her life. On Earth, Alora's running from something else: hazy memories of her parents’ death and the social worker who wants to separate her from her brother. When she sees the man she almost killed on Terra at work, she's flummoxed. She’s never recognized anyone from there before—after all, Terra exists only in her dreams… When her dreams begin to leach into reality, something incredible awakens in Alora. But she knows better than anyone that everything comes with a cost. As the barrier between worlds crumbles, Alora must decide which is safer, which is more powerful, and which world is worth saving.
Alora is of two worlds. During her waking hours, she's a human girl with no family except her brother and barely enough to get by ever since she ran from social services.
When she goes to sleep, she lives in a fantasy world where she has the power to Lift, which is basically moving things with her mind and her energy. And people are after her in both worlds. Certain there's more reality in her dreams than anyone else believes, Alora knows time is running out. There's an army coming for her, and everything, everyone she loves in both worlds is in danger.
What I loved:
Nothing in this story happened like I expected it to. It surprised me at every turn and that's not easy to do. Alora is a fantastic character, both versions of her. The book switches back and forth between her POV in each world and she never strays from who she is, a strong, capable girl who is torn between doing what's right and doing what's right for her. Her relationship with her brother is endearing and heartbreaking all in one. Honestly, there's not anything to dislike about this book. From the Egyptian mythology expertly woven in, to the intricate world building of two worlds, it's a well-crafted book that's hard to put down.
What was just okay:
That it ended and I don't know what happens next. I need more.
A new favorite of the year with genius world building, characters that are easy to root for, and a plot that kept me reading long into the night.