Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

February 8, 2019

The third book in the popular Wayward Children series take us on a sugary adventure through Confection – a world of complete nonsense. Here, everything is edible – from the soda oceans to the candy roads. However, just because everything is made of sugar doesn’t mean this world can’t host darkness and when events in the real world shakes the logic of Confection, a cold-hearted enemy returns.

Just like the previous books in the series, we are once again introduced to new characters. We meet Nadya and Cora, both girls who have come to Miss West’s Home for Wayward Children from worlds where they lived in the ocean and befriended sea creatures. They long to return (like all Wayward Children do) to their real home but their yearning is interrupted by a girl who one day falls down from the sky – literally. She seems to have a completely backwards sense of logic and claims to be the daughter of a girl who never became old enough to have children. On top of everything, she doesn’t have time to explain much about her own world, Confection, since she’s slowly fading away (again, literally).

This book is such a wild ride on such a limited amount of pages. We visit multiple worlds with what seems like a random group of people thrown together, but it only makes the story more interesting. We meet characters from previous books which is always something I love – it really connects the series. Every little detail in all the different worlds are incredibly unique and often completely insane. I don’t know what kind of imagination pool Seanan McGuire has been swimming in but man do I want a dive!

I only have two issues with this book but unfortunately they showed up on multiple occasions. One, is that I can’t read about another girl with selfish I’m so fat-issues. I know that sounds horrible but hear me out! There’s a big difference between struggling to accept your body (everyone can relate to that) and being ego-centred about your personal problems. When Cora’s friends are in serious trouble, somehow she makes it about her and how she’s so fat. That’s just not right. Two, is that in a few repetitive conversations, the group try to explain the logic of the doors and the map of all the worlds.. frankly, it made me way more confused and I would have preferred either no explanation or a simple one – not bits of different theories.

Other than that, I adored this story and I loved Confection – where’s my door please? I highly recommend the Wayward Children series to anyone who wants to go on an adventure (and know what happens when you return from it). It does contain a bit of sexual talk and gender bend focus so if you’re feeling too young for that, pick it up in a few years. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the first book, so if you feel the same way, don’t worry. The series only get better and better!

Page count: 174
Goodreads rating: 4/5

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