The Vanished Birds

The Vanished Birds Review

A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever in this captivating debut of connection across space and time.

"This is when your life begins."

Nia Imani is a woman out of place and outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her; all she has left is work. Alone and adrift, she lives only for the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

A boy, broken by his past.

The scarred child does not speak, his only form of communication the beautiful and haunting music he plays on an old wooden flute. Captured by his songs and their strange, immediate connection, Nia decides to take the boy in. And over years of starlit travel, these two outsiders discover in each other the things they lack. For him, a home, a place of love and safety. For her, an anchor to the world outside of herself.

For both of them, a family.

But Nia is not the only one who wants the boy. The past hungers for him, and when it catches up, it threatens to tear this makeshift family apart.

Title:The Vanished Birds
Edition Language:English

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  • Dave

    Vanished Birds is a mysterious science fiction tale bathed in beautiful prose that offers glimpses of a future of seasons changing, stars within reach, technological marvels, corporate greed, and meta...

  • Jenna

    Holy. Freaking. Moly!! I love this book!!Wow, what an amazing ride; I think this might end up being my favourite book of 2020, or at the very least my favourite science fiction! It was incredible. How...

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.A young boy falls from the sky.  He is mute, but eventually finds his voice with a wooden flute and the magic of music.  There is something ver...

  • posthuman

    There is a promising glimmer of brilliance in The Vanished Birds, the debut sci-fi novel by Simón Jiménez. It pains me to consider what a masterly work this might have been with some additional poli...

  • Elizabeth Willis

    The first few chapters are like the kind of perfectly encapsulated short stories you always want to be a novel and then this IS a novel. And from then on it's just casually a far-reaching space opera ...

  • Sarah

    This book is so difficult to put into words. The blurb isnt inaccurate, but at the same time I feel like it doesnt do a great job of conveying how brilliant this story really is. Nia Imani is captain ...

  • Fran

    Intergalactic traveler, Captain Nia Imani, was hired by the Umbai Company to complete six cycles of crop collection from distant farming worlds. Nia's ship "Debby" folded into "pocket space" where a j...

  • megs_bookrack

    Thank you for the ARC, Del Rey Books!This story sounds hauntingly beautiful and I am looking forward to getting to it....

  • Lisa Wolf

    The Vanished Birds is both lovely and perplexing, a science fiction story about space travel and corporate domination thats also a deeply personal story about love, identity, and home.The book opens o...

  • The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .This is certainly an excellent debut novel even if the third pa...