Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds
by Samira Ahmed
Narrated by Soneela Nankani
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 20 Sep 2021
Hachette Audio, Little, Brown Young Readers
On the day of a rare super blue blood moon eclipse, twelve-year-old Amira and her little brother, Hamza, can’t stop their bickering while attending a special exhibit on medieval Islamic astronomy. While stargazer Amira is wowed by the amazing gadgets, a bored Hamza wanders off, stumbling across the mesmerizing and forbidden Box of the Moon. Amira can only watch in horror as Hamza grabs the defunct box and it springs to life, setting off a series of events that could shatter their world—literally.
Suddenly, day turns to night, everyone around Amira and Hamza falls under a sleep spell, and a chunk of the moon breaks off, hurtling toward them at lightning speed, as they come face-to-face with two otherworldly creatures: jinn.
The jinn reveal that the siblings have a role to play in an ancient prophecy. Together, they must journey to the mystical land of Qaf, battle a great evil, and end a civil war to prevent the moon—the stopper between realms—from breaking apart and unleashing terrifying jinn, devs, and ghuls onto earth. Or they might have to say goodbye to their parents and life as they know it, forever.…
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Average rating from 11 members
Fantasy, humor, adventure and coming of age. This brother and sister must save the world but how? Wonderful fantasy world building I am enjoying the legends and myths especially since I don’t know enough about the countries old stories, whether they be Indian, Arabic or Islamic or other countries and cultures. This adventure starts immediately and you better hang on because it is a full on adventure, I love the mixture of science, fantasy, legend and humor. When they end up in the world of the Jinn things get really interesting, I also enjoyed how the siblings interact with each other. I feel like this left a chance of more books with these 2. I love how Amira melds the science with the fantasy! Soneela Nankani’s narration is so well done everyone has their own voice and so many fantasy characters to give voice to! Excellent job! Highly recommend this one for readers who have enjoyed the Rick Riordan Presents books. Get this one for your library collection. 4 stars I received this audiobook from the publisher Hachette Audio and NetGalley.
Amira is twelve and loves science. Her ten year old brother is more likely to take things apart. They are normal siblings who do their share of bickering. When they discover the moon is falling apart and the world is about to be destroyed, they have to work with jinns, face their fears, and use logic and science to win. I love that Amira is a budding feminist. The audiobook is a blast! I love the sound effects. Soneela Nankani did a stellar job. Her voice is an instrument that can play every emotion in every key. The pacing is perfect and kept me listening this book is a great addition to the modern retellings of ancient myths and legends. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to listen to this alc in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my God! I've never been a fan of middle grade books but this book changed my perspective ENTIRELY. This book contains drama, comedy, fight scenes, full on nerd scenes. Basically checks all the boxes in my entertainment category. The entire book was from Amira's POV who is a bit of an overthinker and realistically pessimistic (very very relatable) who manages to get sucked in the world with with brother and has to save all the realms from an evil person. Hamza is her younger brother who actually has no notion of seriousness or maturity (something I wish to have) and rolls in life based on everything superhero. I loved his references and super bad puns. I also enjoyed the other characters as well (though one dies and it killed me and I went online for a spoiler that they were alive). The author left no moment where she could add a hilarious quip which had me on ground. I also loved the narrator Soneela Nankani with her awesome narration and keeping me hooked till the very end! However I would have loved some chapters from Hamza's POV. His brain would be really funny in my opinion Why should you read this book? - best brother sister dynamic (enemies to siblings aka regular life) - friendships formed with different beautiful creatures - indian rep - race against time element - constant nerdy quips which are absolutely adorable This book is highly recommended for people who want to blow off steam and laugh and appreciate superheroes and Zendaya. Grab your favourite biryani with chaas (buttermilk) and get on with this video. I dare you to keep the book down. Thank you Netgalley and Hachette audio for providing this book for review