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Into The Air

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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When Mia Bryn escapes her underground compound and travels into the air, she never imagines her world will explode. Separated from her father and attacked by creatures she never knew existed, Mia flees into the forest. Within hours she finds an abandoned girl, discovers a link to her missing mother, and meets beautiful, golden-eyed Arc
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Into The Air is energetic young adult adventure set in a vividly portrayed post-apocalyptic world. I loved the idea of the underground Compounds and appreciated Downing's contrasting of their drab greyness with the overwhelming colours Mia encounters outside.

I thought the first few chapters jumped too swiftly through Mia's receipt of an all-important letter to her emergence into fresh air. Her journey to the City is well-portrayed, but every
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Title: Into the air
Author: A. K. Downing
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Rating: ****
Review: The prologue to Into the air was interesting, and I was intrigued to see how it would play in the wider story. We meet our protagonist Mia Bryn who lives in an underground compound in Province three like many others, however, things change when a messenger from the outside arrives to give a letter to Mia’s father. The letter contained an invitation and a request from the Academy who basically run ev
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that this is story is written for young adults, I have to say I barely noticed, I was so engrossed with this debut novel. My resolution this year has been to read a wider range of fiction and I am enjoying the challenge immensely.

Set in a post apocalyptic world where the air has been contaminated and the population forced to survive underground, change is afoot and whilst mutants roam the forests, the government has plans to rebuild and regenerate their world.

The heroine, 17 y
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Post-apocalyptic stories always grab my attention - full front and center. Into The Air was no different! Survival is the ultimate goal of all groups when faced with an ill-fated, end of the world situation. Mia has lived her entire life underground and one look at the boy who delivers her chance to come out from below, she knows that she is destined for more than a life in the ground. At first, she's a difficult character to like but she grew on me as the story continued. After looking back, I ...more
Sonya Neal
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy dystopian novels, and my eldest loves them too. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this book!

Mia has lived her life underground, but her history is definitely darker than the people around her. Her mother was taken and her sister killed when she was younger, and her father moved her to a different compound. However, her father is given the opportunity to visit the Academy, and Mia pushes to be able to go above ground with him. However, upon their arrival their situ
Nadette Rodgers
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This thrilling story had me intrigued from the start. With a unique and exciting plot Into the Air is sure to be enjoyed by readers of all genres! Downing really captures the spirit of adventure in this book.

I was pleasantly surprised at how this story contained aspects from so many different genres. I think there’s something in the plot for everyone, whether you like action or romance. I also really liked Mia and Archer together! Througho
Laura Frost
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A. K. Downing has created a world after a major radioactive disaster where the majority of people live underground in compounds and have for generations. Life is not sunshine and rainbows when you have never seen the sun. Downing has created a heroine that you can't help but root for. Mia is stubborn, temperamental, and loving to a fault. This novel was full of unexpected twists, and totally did not end in the way I anticipated-which is a great thing-and doesn't happen often since I grab every Y ...more
Nicki Conroy
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit the beginning of Into the Air by A.K. Downing had me wondering why I wanted to read it. My daughter, a high school English teacher, had taught me to love young adult books but I was afraid this one would be something I didn't like. So wrong! I needed to read into the book to be able to come to embrace and love Mia Bryn.

As I have said many times, a strong female character makes a book for me. Mia is that in this book. She is a strong, stronger than I would have ever been at 17, fe
Julie Baswell
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mia has lived underground her entire life. The only time she has ever been above was ten years ago, and that was only long enough to jump to another compound. She remembers how it felt and would give anything to live in the air. When Marshall, her dad, gets a letter requesting he and Mia report to the new City Site, even though Marshall is hesitant, Mia sees this as her one and only chance to be free of living underground and she’s not going to let it pass her by. On their journey to the City Si ...more
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Into the Air is set in a very distant dystopian future where the world has been ravaged by nuclear explosions that has left the survivors living underground for the last 100 years. As you can imagine living underground would be unbearable - dark and dank and just plain miserable in my eyes.

We meet Mia Bryn - a sixteen year old girl who has lived underground all her live until one time when she was ten year old she and her father moved compounds - unheard off at the best time going out the compou
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Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall I love the book. I love the imagination of the story, the world building and the build up to what was going on and what had to go down. I loved Ezra and all the exploration. I loved the newness and the description of things. And I loved Archer.

So what drove me batty sometimes? Mia at the beginning of our tale. She came off as one that wanted things her way, quick to judge and do what she wanted but also she was whiney at times. Don’t get me wrong she grew on me and in the end as she re
Rachel Quaill
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like the era of great dystopian novels are truly upon us. A.K. Downing easily transports you into the world of Mia, the story’s determined heroine, where life is drab and filled with rules. Mia, strong-willed and yearning for more, excitedly faces her new pre-orchestrated path to the unknown, which is above ground, completely different from where Mia’s father, Malcolm and Mia have spent the majority of their lives. Any reader is immediately propelled into a page turning quest while Mia an ...more
Stacey Schneller
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure this story was. I really enjoyed reading this and getting to know the characters. They were all great and very well written. 

I really didn’t like Mia at first but when I got to know her better she became my favorite character in this story and fun reading about her journey through the book. 

A very well written coming of age story that any young reader should enjoy. Hope there will be more to come. 

I received a ARC of this book from BeckVelly Book Tours to give a honest review.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I easily jumped right into this fantastic adventure from the very start, enjoying the character Mia right away, and many others. It was hard for me to put the book down, it offers exciting adventures all the way through the story to the end. A great read to offer any young teen yet enjoyable for older readers, too! I loved it and would look forward to another story from this great, new author very soon! A.K. Downing is descriptive and very creative with her writing, offering many characters you ...more
Shannon Heck
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

Loved this book! The plot was unique and interesting. I enjoyed following Mia's journey and watching her relationships with her guard develop.
Macy Lambert
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books to read and reread!
Liliyana Shadowlyn
I'm always a little nervous when starting a new book. Will I like the characters? Will they become like my own family? Will I get so swept up in the story the world will melt away around me? This book absolutely blew me away. Mia, a girl who has spent almost all her life below the ground, How could I possibly identify with her. Yet reading this, your heart begins to ache for Mia and the life she has been forced to live. Each new experience she has brings with it a new appreciation for things we ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was certainly a different kind of book with a very interesting premise. The earth as we know it was made uninhabitable by radiation caused by war between nations. Those that survived were sent to live in underground compounds. Those affected, well they either died or were forced to live on the surface of the earth. The leaders used people to start rebuilding--even when it meant stealing them from their families. Life underground was horrendous--food shortages was the least of their problems ...more
A.K. Downing
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This YA adventure/romance novel is a good choice for anyone who enjoyed Clarke’s discovery of an uninhabited earth in The 100, the romance of Sasha and Thomas in Tandem, and Rachel’s quest to find her father in Defiance.
Matt Wensel
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into The Air introduces the reader to a broken world trying to repair. Mia and the new friends she meets are characters you like, root for and want to follow thru their adventure; and hopefully in more stories to come.
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A.K. Downing's young-adult novel, Into the Air, is a 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the adventure of teenager Mia Bryn as she leaves the safety of her underground compound and tries to survive in a world no one has inhabited for more than a hundred years.

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“...this world was so foreign to me, so incredibly unknown. I knew every inch of the compound. Every room. Where every door led. Out here I knew nothing. I slowed my breathing and tried to get my bearings, but for all I knew of this world, I might as well be running on the moon.” 0 likes
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