After finishing the first three books in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, I feel pretty confident McGuire could do just about anything in this world and I’ll love it. I’ve discussed in my reviews of books one and two how much I love the world shes crafted. Added on that is her beautiful writing that effortlessly sets just the right tone of love, mysticism, and loss.
In Beneath the Sugar Sky, we get our first glimpse of the Nonsense World alluded to in the first book of the series. Cause and effect contradict each other as the consequences of the previous stories propigate into the Nonsense World. What follows is a quest through various world as our characters seek to fix the mess they’ve found themselves in.
The quest itself isn’t what makes this story stands out. In fact, I would argue it is the least compelling plot of the series so far. The story shines at how it uses the scope to convey a new level of understanding and appreciation of how the Wayward Children’s Universe works. McGuire takes us into worlds that we’ve only ever dreamed of in a way that embodies the full potential of what McGuire has created.
Perhaps what this story does best is set us up for a future of neverending Wayward Children stories. If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably already invested in the world, so this story will probably work for you. I know it worked for me. I absolutely adored it. 5/5 stars.