Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Paranormal. 204 pages.
Awakening after an incident with her cousin Eleanor at the lake one night, Iolani 'Lani' Bearse, special connection with flies becomes more as they gifted her with their sight. Lani finds she can talk and see as they do. So when these strange people with lanterns appear to suck the life out of people Lani uses her powers of the flies to get herself and Eleanor to safety. The trouble is the only place Lani can think of as safe since her parents deaths and now grandparents murders is her old home town in Arizona where her old friend Malcolm 'Mal' St. John lives. Lani is sure Mal will believe her tales of the "Stealer" and their victims the "Dreamer". The more Lani travels the more she learns about herself, her family and the corruption of the world she lives in.
Overall, it was okay. I felt lost for the first part of the book because I wasn't sure what I was even reading. Lani is lost and your lost so it's all a bit confusing. However, once Lani goes on the road with Eleanor and Mango(her horse) the story picks up. Basically the story is Lani figuring out herself and a government conspiracy. Once that becomes clear as being the main point the story makes more sense. Lani as a heroine is great very self sacrificing and all about family first, love that she was strong for her family even when the situation was unclear and dire. Now I was disappointed that we were never told how or when Lani got fly powers, it was hinted at but really something like that would be quite noticeable. Plus I just have too many questions about the flies and time/space travel abilities for me to really believe it, for now at least. My only other issue was the multiple subplots mixed into this opening book for the series. Just one angle would have sufficed and flushing it out would have been easier to understand, rather than having more subjects to cover and barely addressing them in one novel, even if the topics will be continued into the next books. So if you are looking for story about a girl who talks to flies and travels via horse and horsefly taking down bad guys who reap life with green lanterns, you may like to try this book.