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Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

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From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Christopher Meades comes a magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl's struggle for liberation

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Han
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Park Row
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Angela M
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

A polygamous community, a cult, somewhere bordering the woods, in a secluded place called Clearhaven is where we meet 17 year old Hanna. She is about to be married off to a man who is three times her age, a man who already has several wives. An eerie read in many respects, a quick read and one that I couldn't put down. I was surprised about the element of magical realism. If the description hinted at it by describing it as magical and posing a fantastical option, I didn't pick up on it . While
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Berit☀️✨
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
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
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Interesting premise but not particularly well executed. One character is clearly selected to say wise things, but not realistic teen boy things, and that really jumped out at me. The protagonist is about to be pushed into a polygamous marriage at age 18 but seems to "be surprised" that she will be expected to have babies. When all the women in her entire community, a secluded community, are married and having babies. I can suspend disbelief that she doesn't know the outside world (despite the we ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Hanna is turning eighteen in a week and has never left the town of Clearhaven. Her hometown is a polygamist community where residents blindly follow a cult-like individual named “Brother Paul”. Her father has four wives and has sired fourteen children. When her birthday arrives she is destined to become the fifth wife of a man three times her age. To prepare for that day, she spends time with her future husband’s wives and learns about expectations for their marriage bed.

Days before her wedding
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Christopher Meades
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My new book arrives in September 2017 from Park Row Books....
Here are a few blurbs to appear on the back cover:

"A strange and beautiful fable with shades of Deliverance, Room, and Winter’s Bone." —Laline Paull, award-winning author of The Bees

"Beautiful and delicate, Meades has written a powerful meditation on how we define ourselves, the gift and cruelty of faith, and the redemptive act of storytelling. A gorgeous blend of dreamy folklore and gritty reality." –Erika Swyler, bestselling author
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Paul the Third, was chubby and balding, like an off-kilter teapot always in danger of tipping over. Paul the Third wore a mustache that Charliss described as “four parts pubic hair and three parts bacon grease” and he perspired constantly.

Hanna had felt like a rubber band stretched to the point of breaking, pulled so tight that its color had all but disappeared. Hanna had spent so very long worried about what others thought, about the consequences for the slightest misbehavior, t
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Sharon Metcalf
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Hanna Who Fell From The Sky by Christopher Meades was a bit hit and miss for me.   The part of the story which first caught my attention when I read the blurb - about a young girl living in a polygamist community - was excellent and I experienced the strength of emotions I had anticipted.   What I hadn't expected, but in hindsight should have, was the need to suspend disbelief for the story thread from which the book drew it's title.  

When we meet Hanna she is only days away from her 18th birth
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Melanie (mells_view)
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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What sold me on this book: a young girl who has been raised in the secluded polygamist town of Clearhaven is soon to be married off to a man nearly three times her age.

What kept me reading: Hanna was relatable. She was a teen girl who had been told one thing all of her life, and after meeting a stranger and a talk with her mother, she finds out nothing is what she thought. The writing from Meades is enthralling. I could not put this book down, because at times it felt like pure poetry. There ar
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Leigh Kramer
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This had such a promising start and premise. Meades created a vivid cast of characters and setting and the stakes are immediately clear. Hanna will either the toe the line and become the fifth wife of a much older man or she'll leave the community and start over. Sprinkle in the story Hanna's mother tells her about her birth and you start to wonder if this magical realism or allegory. I was intrigued. But Hanna herself began to annoy me. There was too much back and forth between staying and goin ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Hanna is about to turn 18. And in the community of Clearhaven in which she lives, that only means one thing for a woman. Marriage. And in her case, to a man 3 times her age as his 5th wife.
This is a polygamist society and a cult with Brother Paul ruling over all as he has direct contact with "The Creator".
I really enjoyed reading this book as the insight into the cult was engaging and the writing was well paced with interesting characters. What I didn't really understand was the very minor magic
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
When you expect a book to have purpose, like tell a morale, be inspiring, etc., it's a bit odd when it doesn't seem to play out that way. I think Christopher Meades (based on the afterword he wrote) intended for this to be an inspirational story. For me it was a story of being caged and powerless; and while that could be inspiring depending on the end I do not feel like there is any inspiration to be drawn from here.

Plot
Hanna Who Fell From the Sky had an interesting enough plot. A girl who has
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Katy (Katyslibrary)
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Park Row Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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 af
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Victoria Scott
Such a unique concept in YA! I commend the author for tackling such a sensitive subject. Meades is an astonishingly talented wordsmith.
Liz
Dec 06, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Made it to about page 50, but I'm just not buying into this. Hanna feels like a caricature, very overdone descriptions of feelings, reactions, etc. Also don't care for the writing in general and was having to push myself to pick up the book and read it.
Marzie
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-net-galley
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

This is an odd and yet very readable book. In fact, I'd have read it in a straight shot, if life hadn't interrupted. The story is that of a young woman, coming of legal age, in a rural polygynous community called Clearhaven. I found some aspects of the community, which is large enough to have a big daily market, to be rather sketchily drawn. The tremendous economic disparity within the commun
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BookGypsy
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-author
I loved this! An emotional and heart-felt story of young Hanna forced to live a life she doesn't want and who wishes for greater things. At times I was holding my breath. This story will stay with you long after you close the cover.

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Cheryl
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book started out as a gradual read for me. It took me a slow while to get into the story and the characters. Yet, I don't think that I fully ever connected with Hanna, Daniel or any of the other characters in the story. Sadly, this did not help my reading situation. As it made it hard to stick with the story. Additionally, it made for slow reading.

When it came to Hanna, I wanted her voice to be stronger. It seemed to get muddled by her conflict to family and duty and love. Which in my case
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Karen
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

The main theme of the story is fear. Hanna is the oldest in her family’s clan of 9 children. The story starts 10 days before Hanna’s 18th birthday. On Hanna’s 18th birthday a man twice Hanna’s age, with 4 other wives, will marry and deflower Hanna. Hanna meets a boy named Daniel at church who starts to change her views for her future. He opens Hanna’s eyes and makes her question her options. Hanna, her siblings, and her mother and sist
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Sandi Ward
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very fine writing, fluid and descriptive. I was sympathetic toward 17-year old Hanna and invested in her story. The story is a drama with magical elements that serve to save Hanna at times of trouble, but she also takes it upon herself to question and act against the repressive cult community in which she lives. Despite the magical moments and fictional religion, it felt very real, especially Hanna's actions and reactions, and I followed her story with great interest.
Paula DeBoard
I was thrilled to receive an early review copy of this book.

Hanna is both a fictional character and an eye into the world of polygamous cults, where there is no wiggle room for personal freedom. Meades' writing is a treasure, weaving elements of magical realism into a coming-of-age story that will provoke great discussions.
Castille
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I can see how some of the other reviewers might not have enjoyed it, but it really resonated with me. Meades does an amazing job setting the scene, with the tone of the writing echoing the bleak existence into which Hanna was born/thrust. This book doesn't have a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat, but the writing is beautiful and the character development is so nuanced that I found myself yearning to go back to the book and find out what was next in Hanna's life. I ...more
Jennifer
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking for a story about bravery, hope and intrigue? This is it! #HannaWhoFellFromTheSky is about the daughter of a man with multiple wives who lives a simple life. As her 18th birthday approaches, Hanna is coming to terms with the fact that she is expected to follow in the footsteps of those around her and become the fourth wife of a man twice her age. It’s a life of strict, quiet, unfair servitude. But Hanna has a spark in her, one that lights a revelation: there may be another path, if she’s ...more
Nicole Hewitt
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Stars

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I think I really liked this book. Okay, so that might sound a bit odd, but the book itself is a bit odd, and I wasn’t always sure what I was reading. The book chronicles a young woman who is trapped in a polygamous cult community. She is supposed to become the fifth wife of a much older man very soon. She is torn between horror at this thought and duty toward her family (her abusive father is depending on he
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LibraryLaur
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, ya
This provided an interesting glimpse into a (fictional) polygamous cult, but it veered into insta-love territory and took a rather jarring side trip into magical realism as well. Plus I feel like I never really got a clear picture of Hanna's personality. I'm sure lots of teens will enjoy this; it just wasn't my favorite.

*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Dgordon
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magic realism, a polygamist religious community and a girl who just doesn't seem to fit in. Strange, haunting, a very powerful read.
Amber Matha
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I work at a small bookstore and when I looked at the staff's ARC shelf and picked up this book I was intrigued by the description on the back. Little did I know that by the end of my 7.5 hour shift I would be finishing the book completely in love with the story. This novel, Hanna, Daniel, everyone had me spellbound from beginning to end. Hanna is a wildly relatable character to any teenager who wants to break free of the constructs that society has for them. The little bit of fantasy that is int ...more
Deb
Hanna Who Fell from the Sky drew me in with its subject matter--a young girl who has spent her life in a polygamous sect, who is about to turn eighteen and will be the fifth wife of her father's friend who is more than twice her age. I am fascinated by cults and Hanna's community of Clearhaven has all of the markings of one. The families are all polygamists, the community is remote, insulated and lead by Brother Paul, a prophet who "The Creator" speaks to/through. Young girls are married off to ...more
Laura Hanby
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the harrowing story of a young woman, named Hanna, who was raised in a cult-like, polygamous, Christian community. After she reaches the age of eighteen she is expected to marry the older man of her father's choosing, but when she starts having doubts about the beliefs that she was raised with and meets a young man with similar doubts, she starts contemplating and trying to escape the abusive men of her community.

This was a tough read at many points (scenes featuring sexual assault, chi
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Minty McBunny
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, november-2017
This book is kind of a jumbled mess. The author had a few good ideas but didn’t seem to know what to do with any of them.
Fiona
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book sounded like something I'd enjoy reading (cults, strict religious communities) and I did like parts of it, however, magical realism is so not my thing and the main characters indecisiveness in the second half of the book annoyed me .
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Christopher Meades is a Vancouver author whose novel The Last Hiccup won the 2013 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.

His first novel The Three Fates of Henrik Nordmark was released by ECW Press in 2010, followed by The Last Hiccup (2012) and For The Love of Mary (2016). Fall 2017 will see the release of Hanna Who Fell From The Sky (Park Row Books).

His story The Walking Lady won the 20
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