Why we love it: This immersive blend of contemporary/sci-fi is truly unique. Gilliland has a poetic and dreamy way of writing characters, so it's not hard to be drawn into the story and its mystery. Sia Martinez lives in a small Arizona town and is dealing with the deportation of her mother, whom she hasn't seen or heard from in three years, so she believes her to be dead. There's a splash of romance that happens when a new boy named Noah moves into town, but the speculative element comes into play when Noah, Sia, and Sia's best friend get caught up in a space mystery after a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia's car and is carrying her mother, who is very much alive. Gilliland presents topics of immigration, assault, racism, grief, and abuse and writes about them in a careful, yet realistic manner.
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