Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Over the Rainbow 

Book: Over The Rainbow
Author: Brian Rowe
Publisher: Brian Rowe
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-arc review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world's population have mysteriously disappeared. But that's only the beginning...

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

My Review:
Over the Rainbow was not what I expected but now that I think about it I'm not sure what I really expected. I was not disappointed though. Brian Rowe is an amazing, brilliant author in my opinion. He brings these crazy themes, ideas and characters to life and always writes a story that I just can't put down.

The story is set in 1999 but has flashbacks to when Zippy was younger. She is a lesbian teenage girl who falls in love online with a girl named Mira. Zippy's father is a homophobic man who does everything he can throughout the book to make Zippy straight. When her father takes her to the airport to send her to an anti-gay camp, Zippy has other ideas. She finds a way to zip herself in another passengers large suitcase and ships herself to Seattle in hopes of meeting Mira. Along the way The Rapture happens, or does it? Most of the world has just disappeared and the only passenger still alive and on the plane with Zippy is Frankie. There is also a little dog named Judy that they take with them. Together they set out to find a way to survive and get to Seattle. Not long after they meet up with another stranger, Mr. Balm and then towards the end a little girl named Elle. They all have a reason to want to get there. Together they endure a crazy, funny, wild adventure to make it to Seattle. They have to dodge cars whose passengers have disappeared, crazy creatures and very large dinosaurs. Lots and lots of them.

This story is about friendship, love and overcoming obstacles. The last part of the book is really good. Just when you think they have dodged the dinosaurs and Zippy's father, someone or something turns up or something crazy happens again. I really liked how it ended but I am hoping there is going to be more to this story in a sequel. I want to read more about Zippy and her friends. All in all a great read.

This e-arc was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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