When you really can wish upon a star, what happens when your dreams turn to nightmares? Be careful what you wish for…A top-secret government experiment that promises to build a perfect world might bring about the end instead, and Lyra must reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.
Bubby: If I could have one wish right now, I would wish to be transported to a remote beach somewhere with lots of sun, a calm ocean, plenty of provisions and a way home when I was done relaxing. Unfortunately, the wishing done in One Wish Away is way more life and society altering than a day at the beach.
Sissy: If you could change world events with single wishes, like undoing the AIDS crisis or making terrorists never be born, would you do it? Who would you trust to choose which wishes to make? Certainly not the US government and politicians.
Bubby: Probably not ANY government. Or any politician.
Sissy: If I could go back and change events in my life, I would choose to never eat that one last cookie during my pregnancy with my fourth child. Then I would be skinny now, because I would have avoided that cascade of events.
Bubby: Whatever. That cookie saved your sanity, thereby making it possible for the rest of us to continue associating with you. If you hadn’t eaten it, you would have gotten increasingly cranky, causing you to have increased stress which would have led to a heart attack, early delivery of the baby, and your subsequent death. Eat the cookie!
Sissy: You can see how complicated this all is and what far-reaching consequences one wish can have. One Wish Away is so interesting and the cast of characters, in particular the adult relatives of Lyra, are complex and flawed. I also enjoyed the anticipation of Lyra and Darren’s blossoming romance. All in all, a worthwhile read.
Bubby: I wish you hadn’t said that. Then I could have said it first!
Sissy: Too bad.
Bubby: Very enjoyable YA novel with a fresh, new plot.
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