Sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum time-travels to 1988 East Berlin, where she meets members of an underground guild who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the wall, and learns that someone is using dark magic to change history.
This book was astounding!!!! I loved it and was lucky enough to get it signed by the author. She was such a nice woman and I loved talking to her. The characters were very realistic and I loved them all to pieces. The plot was like nothing I have ever heard of before. And the setting was brilliant. If you want to know more of my thoughts then you should keep reading.
The characters were superb!!!! I loved them all to bits and I hope that they all find happiness, wherever their futures take them. I loved how all of the characters changed over the course of the book. In the beginning, I didn’t like some of them a lot and by the end, I was rooting for all of them. I also enjoyed the way that all of the characters interacted with each other. This book was also very diverse, with some Roma people and a blue haired girl. The characters are all very precious to me and I love them with all of my heart.
My favorite character was Mitzi. She was so sweet, even though she didn’t have to be. I loved her blue hair, in protest of the government and I loved the way that she became friends with Ellie and was always there for her. I wish Mitzi had gotten her own chapters, that would have been interesting. I wish that everyone had a friend like Mitzi, not the blue-haired part, but the part where she as always there for you.
The plot was very intense. As soon as you got to 1988 nothing stopped coming at you. I loved it. So, I can say that I love action-packed books in general. The pacing was quite fast, but it should be for a 200 hundred page book. There were quite a few plot twists and cliffhangers. Those always conveniently came when I needed to put the book down to do school work or go somewhere. I loved how everything came together in the end. It was quite nice, and I wonder what has happened to Ellie and everyone else.
The setting was very well done and I enjoyed it. I don’t know very much about the Berlin Wall, we haven’t learned about it yet in school, so this book was helpful. I loved the background about the Runners and the Shopfers. I was very curious at the beginning of the book and by the end, all of my interests were sated. By the end of this book, I found myself growing attached to East Berlin. I can’t wait for the next book!!!!
This book was amazing and I love it with all of my heart. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a touch of magic. I got this summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons