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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Pigeon by Olga Werby is the first volume of The Ornis Experiment series. It is the story of eleven-year-old orphan, Pigeon. One morning, he wakes up to find his mother dead and himself floating above her. His flying is a new development that comes as quite a surprise. The police come to take away his dead mother, and Pigeon aimlessly and clumsily flies around the city. He accidentally, and luckily, lands in front of the hotel window of the Kikkert family. As fate would have it, this family has been observing the organization that is behind Pigeon's flying ability for a while. Pigeon slowly learns more about his true heritage, and that he is not the only flying human being. A para-military group is after him, and soon more truths come to light - some of which completely alter Pigeon's life.
I picked up Pigeon by Olga Werby without even reading the plot summary because I had had a really good experience with another book by the same author (Suddenly, Paris). I was so impressed by that other book that I just wanted to read more from Olga Werby. Little did I know that the story of Pigeon would be so different. That wasn't a negative surprise, though. While the plot was different and the genre was also different, I still did enjoy the writing style and the way characters developed and interacted with each other. I wasn't a fan of the illustrations that were so generously thrown into the book, but other readers might very well appreciate them to make visualizing certain elements of the unusual story easier. I tend to prefer to imagine things myself, and Olga Werby's writing style makes it very easy to imagine things and feel like you're watching a movie in your head. It's an unusual story (like the other books of her, too!), feels fresh, and I'd warmly recommend this book to people who love being entertained, surprised, and just taken away from real life for a few hours.