Sia Martinez and the moonlit beginning of everything

by Vasquez Gilliland, Raquel,

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Artemisia (Sia) Martinez's mother was deported to Mexico by ICE, and disappeared in the Sonoran Desert trying to make it back to her American family; Sia believes that she was as-good-as murdered by ICE and the sheriff in their small Arizona town on the edge of the national park, and wants revenge against him and his son, Jeremy--but her search for the truth will uncover many more secrets than she counted on.
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Booklist Review: "In her debut novel, poet Gilliland tells a totally genre-bent story about a mother crash-landing an alien spacecraft in the desert in a desperate attempt to reunite with her daughter. For about the first half of the book, Sia is a meditative analysis of the life of a Latinx teenager whose mother was deported by ICE and then lost to the desert, who has PTSD from sexual assault, and who lives in a town where she deals with racism on the regular. But then she finds her mother in a spacecraft and the story expands even more, with tales of abducted immigrants being used for a government-sponsored alien technology program. It's an unexpected, wild ride, combining sf with Latinx mysticism, and, at first, the mix is a bit jarring. But the memorable story, told in short, episodic chapters, features a diverse cast of well-rounded characters with plenty of depth. Amid the surprising plot twists is a thoughtful exploration of humanity, emphasizing that, though no one is perfect, no one is beyond redemption, either."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Every new moon, Artemisia "Sia" Martinez drives into the desert to light candles for her mother, who went missing after being deported three years ago by a racist sheriff. The 17-year-old's park ranger father, Haitian American best friend, and late abuela's spirit are lifelines in her small, predominantly white Arizona town. After a new boy arrives at her school, a series of strange events slowly unfolds alongside a sweet, sex-positive romance. Blue lights appear in the night sky, a silver-haired woman shows up in the town diner, and Sia's very-much-alive mother crash-lands before her in a spaceship. Sia must learn how to protect herself and her loved ones within a hostile system, from the likes of secret government agents and a bigoted gas station attendant. Gilliland, making her YA debut, uses lyrical prose to weave between contemporary themes of grief, sexual assault, and racial trauma; magical realism elements grounded in Mexican American culture; and a sci-fi adventure based on real issues surrounding government control over marginalized, undocumented bodies. Despite its leisurely pace, this is a genre-defyingread that is certain to keep readers engaged. Ages 12--up. Agent: Elizabeth Bewley, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Aug.)"
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Subjects Mexican Americans Juvenile fiction
Post-traumatic stress disorder Juvenile fiction
Racism Juvenile fiction
Secrecy Juvenile fiction
Missing persons Juvenile fiction
Mothers Juvenile fiction
Fathers and daughters Juvenile fiction
Alien abduction Juvenile fiction
Science fiction
Mexican Americans Fiction
Post-traumatic stress disorder Fiction
Racism Fiction
Secrets Fiction
Missing persons Fiction
Mothers Fiction
Fathers and daughters Fiction
Alien abduction Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Science Fiction
Electronic books.
Science fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Simon Pulse2020
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Audience Ages 12 and Up.
Grades 10-12.
Language English
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