Teen Book Review: Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!

This book is a riddle wrapped up in an enigma solidified into a slice of cheese. Okay, so it wasn’t difficult to understand, but this book was trippy in such a good way. I did pick it up because of the cover, but you know that I totally do that sometimes. I only got as far as the comparison to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe in the summary before I decided to read the book…I should have definitely paid attention to the Rosewell comparison too. This was a special book like I haven’t seen before.

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Sia’s mother was undocumented and when the local sheriff turned her over to ICE, the only way for her to return to her family was to illegally cross back over to America. Sia’s mother has been missing ever since, while Sia’s grandmother didn’t believe that her daughter was dead, everyone else has pretty much given up on her. Recently, Sia’s grandmother has passed and she is doing anything to keep the connections between her mother and grandmother alive. Sia feels the closest to them in the desert watching the moon. However, she is not the only one seeking connections in the desert. The new guy in town is also seeking solace from the moon. The two get paired up on a project to research the moon and Sia finds herself falling for the new guy, but there are traumatic events from her past that make it difficult…well that and he is the son of the sheriff that turned her mom in. The impossibility of living in this town becomes overwhelming when Sia’s mom returns and things don’t go back to normal. Sia’s mom is running from an agency that has ties to…possible aliens.


This was an awesome pairing of realistic fiction with sci-fi. While this novel could have been two distinct books, the author was able to expertly weave the story into one novel. I enjoyed the characters. There were many layers to these characters and when you think you know everything about them, there is more. I would totally spend more time in this world and will recommend this to others.


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