Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

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I really enjoyed this book!  It's definitely one of those you can't just stop reading. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy it and Hanna was a lovely character, but somehow the book felt unfinished. What are the great things Hanna is supposed to do? Is a sequel planned to tell us about that? The mystical elements were fun but never seemed to go anywhere. I'd like to know who Hanna was, really, and what she can really do. This was a good origin story I think, but it is annoyingly inconclusive.
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I received a netgalley of Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades, in exchange for an honest review. Hanna is a 17 year old girl who is quickly approaching her 18th birthday. She lives in the secluded community of Clearhaven, where when a girl turns 18 she must marry. The men in this community take multiple wives and she would be the fifth wife. Hanna is not totally on board with this life course. Things really start to upend when she meets a boy that has been outside in the world. We witness Hanna's struggles and her yearn for a future that is not mapped out for her. I found it an easy read.
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I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an hour honest review.

This book was ok for the most part. The story was interesting and it held my attention. As I read, I wanted to know-What will happen to Hanna? What is the significance of Hanna falling from the sky?

I don't think there was ever a resolution of the significance of Hanna falling from the sky. Why did she fall from the sky? What does it mean?

Also, the ending seemed rushed. How did they escape? Did she really only take a few siblings and leave the rest behind forever?

My other issue with this book has to do with the formatting. Is it on purpose that all of the chapters mesh together? And any word that had an f and l in it had a space in it. Floor was always f loor.  Little stuff like this isn't important, but it does add to the overall appeal of the book
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A fast-paced, enjoyable read about a young girl questioning her place in an isolated, polygamous society after she turns eighteen, on the week before she’s set to marry a man her father’s age. While the magical elements near the end threw me a bit off guard, they weren’t entirely unwelcome, as they lead to a satisfying ending.
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At turns both beautiful and frightening, Hannah Who Fell From the Sky is a story of survival. Hannah is a girl who has been raised in a cult society where old disgusting men play God over the women. She actually fell from the sky, so she knows she is destined for more than this horrible life. Will Hannah be forced to marry, or will she escape? This story is enlightening and disturbing. I will never understand why any woman would choose this life, and choose it for their daughters. I'm glad Hannah is a strong character with independent thoughts. The story is engaging and will make you think about how this is actually happening every day. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is an interesting take on polygamy, but with a sci-fi twist, which is mixed in its success at pulling off such a varied plot. Hanna is a troubled character but some of the interactions with other characters falls somewhat flat and the ending is somewhat of a rushed HEA..for some of the people.
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Hanna feels like a real character with dimension, but the story still feels like it's lacking a complete ending. The time leading up to Hanna's wedding took a long time to arrive and when it did the climax of the story ended short with a black out and a time gap seven years forward. I enjoyed the magical realism in the story, but it also felt a little underdeveloped for it to be appealing to a reader unaware how literal the title would be.
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I wanted to love this novel, the premise drew me in, more than the cover or the synopsis. Having someone who has been hidden from the world due to beliefs, then having them finding their true selves is always an emotional ride. But I struggled to get into this book.
Unfortunately, I found the language used hard to read, it made the book seem stiff and made the scene sequences choppy. 
I did love the protagonist, she was so pure, innocent and good.
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From page one I was immersed into the lyrical prose of Christopher Meades. Following the heartbreaking story of Hanna who lives in a religious cult community, this story is all about identity, faith, and most importantly believing in yourself. Both haunting and beautiful I could not put this book down until I had finished and I have a feeling Hanna will stay with me for long after the final pages
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The premise enthralled me right away. The idea of a secluded community that lived like a cross between Mormons and a bit Puritan both fascinated and interested me. Something about people in modern times CHOOSING to live in such a backward and misogynistic society (especially for the women) really had me thinking. I can understand the girls who were born into the community and didn’t really know much about the outside world, but a lot of the older women (like Hanna’s mum) chose to live there (although we later find out WHY Hanna’s mum chose that life and it was plausible for her to choose it given the circumstances).

I really liked Hanna because although she was born into that community as she got older and was forced to become the fiance’ an older man she began to question the community’s rules and regulations. The men in Clearhaven fit into two categories: noble and heroic or rapist and violent. The men in this community had a ton of women and the only way this was possible was because the eldest in the community would send the younger men out of town and so they’d accumulate young teenage brides whose sole purpose in life was to please their men, be a meek housewife, and be knocked up most of their lives. Truly terrifying but I guess it’s paradise for the men.

I liked the bond Hanna had with her siblings, although towards the end I was getting a bit too frustrated with Hanna due to the choices she was making because of those bonds. I guess in her place, especially after all she had been through I would’ve been a bit more selfish. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and it had a magical element that wasn’t too ludicrous and fit well with the theme of the book.

Bonus: Usually author afterwords aren’t that reflective, but I found Christopher Meades’ afterword to the novel to be very inspiring. He detailed how his idea of Hanna was born and how many years it took him to actually put his idea unto paper after a hastily written rough draft. His journey was an author was truly inspiring and being a writer myself it kind of gave me hope that if he could persevere through a concussion, then any one of us can manage to jump through all the book writing hurdles there are.
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My favorite quote in this book was: 

“But I want you to know — you could go off and travel the entire world. You could sail the oceans and see the seven wonders, but I will always be there, waiting for you. Because you’re the one.” 

...as I was getting towards the end though, I realized that talking about my love for this quote would be doing a disservice to this book because it wasn’t a love story. This book was about the survival of a young woman who was forced to live in what could only be described as a cult like commune where the men were judge and executioner, where men were allowed complete dominion over women going as far as to allow more than one wife. This community essentially terrorized women by forcing them to believe in this spiritual being that allowed for such blatant disrespect over women expecting them to act as meek little people who had no say in who they married or if and when they wanted to reproduce. A place that forced out young men for fear of competition against old and disgusting men. 

It wasn’t until Hana a young woman who literally fell from the sky when she was a baby, who was labeled a whore for simply being different in appearance to everyone else and who knew she was meant for so much more than this patriarchal society fought against this institution that she managed to escape with the help of a young man who had similar thoughts to her that this brave young woman was able to finally be free. 

This book is definitely not for everyone but if you give it a chance and like me, love reading about women finding themselves in a place where they are disrespected in such a horrid and obtuse manner then you will enjoy this book because I know I did.
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This was an enthralling story that was both beautiful and disturbing...

I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book, I was going to only read a few pages and before I knew it I was over halfway done and I could not put it down.... I was both captivated and repelled Buy the isolated town of Clear Haven... it was so heartbreaking to see not only Hana but all the women and children of this town being treated so poorly....

Hannah was beautiful, both inside and out... living in a secluded town with polygamy and archaic laws... Hannah is a week away from 18 and betrothed   to a man twice her age who already has four other wives.... makes your skin crawl doesn’t it? Hannah has such a special bond with her siblings especially one of her sisters who has a spine abnormality... so can Hannah escape this horrible situation, when this is all she knows?

There is a magical element to the story that will mean something different to every reader, depending upon whether you take it literally or figuratively.... did Hannah literally fall from the sky or figuratively fall from the sky? Up to interpretation, but added an element of charm and/or the supernatural to the story... there are some definite lines in the story good and bad, pier and evil, I would have perhaps likeed a little more gray rather than black and white.... there is also a definite knight in shining armor, who I absolutely adored, although I would’ve liked Hannah to have figured some things out on her own, girl power and all that!These are just such nit picky things, this really was a story that completely captivated me and really made me think, can’t ask for much more than that!

Absolutely recommend, a compelling story that will make you look at things in a different light!

*** Big thanks to harlequin for my copy of this book ***
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Hanna has lived in Clearhaven all of her life. In fact, she has never left the town at all. Soon she will turn eighteen and marry the man her father chose for her. She will be Edwin’s fifth wife. Hanna has always believed she was meant for more than being just another wife of a man more than twice her age. She often thinks about leaving Clearhaven and becoming the person she always wanted to be. But that would mean disobeying not only her father, but the Creator. When she meets a boy who has spent the last year outside of Clearhaven, she wonders if maybe leaving is actually possible. But will it be worth it if she has to leave behind her mother, her siblings, and everything she has ever known?

This book is beautifully written. I am a sucker for beautiful sentences and this book provided them for me. A character is introduced with the words, “She’d emerged from the womb with a strong mind and a twisted back.” At another point, Hanna wonders, “How long in my life have I been waiting for the wolves to pounce?” which draws a perfect parallel between her situation in life and the actual wolves in front of her. Along with beautiful sentences, Meades did well creating characters that were believable. He provided a good sense of the impending troubles without giving away too much too soon. A few times I felt the writing started to lean a little more toward telling than showing but overall it was well done. The story is engaging and kept me interested up until the end. There were surprises and unexpected developments that kept me guessing throughout.

I think the only part of this book that I wasn't quite on board with were the fantasy parts.  (I don't want to give too much away here, so I'll just say what you already know, Hanna fell from the sky.) I wouldn't say that the whole story contains fantasy elements, just some of it. I would have preferred there to be either more fantasy throughout or none at all. Since there was just a little bit here and there, it didn't seem to quite fit into the rest of the story.

Life in Clearhaven is not what most would consider to be normal. Meades is able to shed light on what life can be like in a cult and the type of experiences some people have lived, which isn’t often talked about. The reader is able to see how hard it can be for people involved in this kind of life to break out of it. Hanna has only known this life and has been told that the world outside is not a good place. She yearns for it but worries that everything she has been told is true. We get to see her internal, and sometimes, external struggles as she tries to figure out who she will become.

After the book ends, Meades takes the time to share where the idea for the book came from and how writing the book helped him through a really hard time as he was healing from a brain injury. I enjoyed getting to see this glimpse into the author’s life. I was able to get an idea of just how much work he put into the story and how special it is to him.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Hanna Who Fell from the Sky. A good story coupled with beautiful writing is a winner in my book. I would recommend this book to others. Go check it out!
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E-book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you so much!

Hanna lives in a poly society called Clearhaven. As the oldest of many children, she is set to be married off to a man more than twice her age. She meets Daniel soon after and begins to question her place in Clearhaven, as well as the world. Daniel tells her stories of the cities outside of their secluded town, and her mother hints that she wants more for Hanna than to be a fifth wife to a middle-aged man. 

Hanna is the epitome of a girl torn between two things: her responsibilities to her family and the powerful pull of her heart. She starts a bit docile and soon her character grows into something brave and beautiful. This story grabbed me from page one. The tension was so high; I sat there with my mouth open reading each word with my heart stuttering, and gripping my Kindle like a lifesaving device.  The people around Hanna seem to want to do her harm, and she is in the middle, baring her teeth like a wolf. The one antagonist, Hanna's father, was the worst of the worst. A villain through and through. With so many things working against Hanna, I worried so hard for her, and that kept me reading well past my bedtime.

This was the most intriguing story I have read all year. Christopher Meades took us into Hanna's mind, and it was wrought with emotion. The story moved along so well that I felt as though I was in a movie, watching it scene by scene, gripping my chair and shoving popcorn in my mouth, so I didn't scream at the screen! I was in awe of the way he had drawn Hanna and how masterful he got into the head of a teenage girl. He even threw in a bit of magical realism that was like a light in the dark. 

All in all, I loved this story. I was ardently invested in the character and found myself plowing through in a day, as it is a quick read. I was hoping for something a bit more substantial at the end, but it was satisfying nonetheless. I highly recommend and will add Meades to my list of authors to watch.
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Hanna Who Fell From the Sky by Christopher Meades is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.

Hanna is transitioning into womanhood within a religious sect and will be matched to her future husband, since she is a daughter of Jotham, who is a husband to four wives and has over a dozen other children. Men and boys highly prized in their patriarchal society, so a reader can gradually piece together Hanna's place in her husband-to-be Edwin’s family, their odd rules of self-governance, and her relationship with Daniel, an outsider that had been banished away and seeks to help her escape.
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Thoughtful and sensitive novel about a young woman on the cusp of a forced, arranged, polygamous marriage.  Hanna has always known that there's something different about her but she's also always known her fate.  Locked away from the world in Clearhaven, where men rule and women manage families, she is poorly educated (at best) and with no access to the modern world.  Her biggest concern is her sister Emily, who is disabled, and what will happen to her once Hanna is forced to move to her new husband's home.  What a miserable life.  When a young man appears- a young man who is about to be removed from the community so that he will not be competition for the older men-and asks her to question things, she does. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  The end of this got a little out there, even for me, but it was a very good read.
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Hanna lives in a plural family with plans for her to marry into a plural family herself at age 18 . I was interested in hanna and her plural family,I use to watch sister wives.Hanna is planned to Marry  a older man with several wives already because he is rich and can help support the family.I thought the pace was a bit slow . I was interested in Hannas journey and whether to follow tradition or rebel.
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Wow.  There were many layers to this story: coming of age, cults, relationships, a little romance... Hanna must decide to follow what has been planned for her life or to take a step and discover the real world. Thanks to Harlequin/Park Row Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Hanna who fell from the sky could have been a good read had it not been for all the abuse mental and physical depicted throughout these pages.  

In a small village of Clearhaven this polygomous community lives ruled by despicable men who mistreat their wives and children and claim to have the belief that they are guided by the Creator.

Daughters are traded as wives in business dealing without caring if they agree to these arranged marriages.
Young women are seen as possible wives and young men are simply cast out of this village because they present a competition to the elder men.  The more wives the men have the more prestigious they become.

Hanna is a story of life imprisoned by strong beliefs and only under hard duress does she become aware that there is more to life than what has been presented to her.
She was made to believe she was born to this family when in fact she was found.  She's beautiful and fare, golden hair not like any of her siblings.  She is traded off to become a young wife to someone three times her age but she falls in love with a young man who sneaks her out one evening and shows her that there's more to life outside of this dystopian village but her fears prevent her from escaping. She has to chose between  her sense of obligations, her motherly love for her younger crippled sister vs her own happiness.

Two-third part of this story is believable but it's the one-third that disappointed me, if the author wanted to be mystical he should have committed himself to it, not just hinted at it....I would have bought into it.  Throw in more power of the mind and soul with lighting bolts or leave all of this out.

Thank you Netgalley for the pleasure of providing my sole opinion, I'm unique and may not share others literary tastes,
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