Hunter Yee has perfect aim with a bow and arrow, but all else in his life veers wrong. He’s sick of being haunted by his family’s past mistakes. The only things keeping him from running away are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and the bewitching girl at his new high school.
Luna Chang dreads the future. Graduation looms ahead, and her parents’ expectations are stifling. When she begins to break the rules, she finds her life upended by the strange new boy in her class, the arrival of unearthly fireflies, and an ominous crack spreading across the town of Fairbridge.
As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love… but time is running out, and fate will have its way.
I read An Arrow to the Moon in a single sitting amidst a covid fever so I can’t say I comprehended this book in its entirety but man were the vibes good. A deceptively normal contempt YA beginning, when Luna Chang and Hunter Yee start their senior year of high school as their parents passive-aggressively feud in the background, the reader is quickly exposed to the magical realism elements, quietly guiding the fates of the Chang’s and Yee’s. We follow two generations of Taiwanese-Americans, both the parents and the children getting POV chapters, as Pan depicts the struggles and joys of being Asian American and how and where cultures meld. I really love how each chapter felt like a short vignette, a quick snapshot depicting a single significant moment in each character’s life and how that affects the greater story. Also, because this is, in a way, a Chang’e and Houyi adaption, I absolutely have to give a shoutout to how Pan chose the names Luna Chang (Chang’e) and Hunter Yee (Houyi). The multiplier layers of puns and references in those two names are just fantastic. Overall I rate this book a 4.5/5
r/Fantasy 2022-23 Bingo Squares:
- Standalone (hard mode)
- Author Uses Initials
- Published in 2022
- BIPOC Author
- Feature Biological Family Ties
Publication Date: 12 April 2022
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Format: paperback, ARC
Word Count: N/A
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