First Flight

Rated 4.88/5 based on 25 reviews
I was just an ordinary teenager with ordinary problems. Then my body started changing. Growing. I realized I wasn’t normal. I’m not even human.

Rejected, terrified, confused, all I could do was run away ... then I discovered I wasn't alone.

We have only one way to survive.

Fly. More
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Words: 98,630
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781927182833
About J L Pawley

J L Pawley is young author from New Zealand who signed her first publishing contract at age 22. She is now independently published.

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Review by: lila1234 on June 22, 2015 :
i t5hink this book is amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
i am so glad you decided to write this book Jess!!!!:):)
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(review of free book)

Review by: Macady Watson on June 16, 2015 :
JL Pawley is an incredible writer. I am an avid and dedicated fan of her characters and fantasy worlds and she does such an incredible job of piecing them into a story. Her characters are all very detailed and in-depth, and her plots/subplots/etc etc etc are even more so. I was thrust headfirst into the world of these teens and I honestly couldn't put the book down. (Well, I read it online, so I guess it's more honest to say I couldn't stop clicking through the pages.) For hours and even days I spent every free minute reading everything this amazing writer had to offer and I HIGHLY recommend her books. You will not regret it.
(review of free book)

Review by: v on June 09, 2015 :
I love this book more than I love pizza. And I love pizza a LOT. I love love love how the whole plot is pieced together and the depth of each character, and it just... I don't know, it makes my heart swell.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nelx99 on June 07, 2015 :
A great book
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Review by: TJ on June 03, 2015 :
Honestly, this is one of the best series I've ever read, and definitely the best in this category! I'm a part of the Flight, through and through.
(review of free book)

Review by: indigoflint on May 29, 2015 :
Never enjoyed a book as much as this one, love all the characters and the action is amazing!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Laurence Mifsud on May 27, 2015 :
Read this book not too long ago, and I literally couldn't put it down!! Exciting from start to finish!! Excellent start to the Generation Icarus series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ghostluck1 on May 27, 2015 :
Amazing book throughout the entire time I read this. I'm glad I found this on wattpad. I stayed up many nights reading and rereading this
(review of free book)

Review by: BrownHairedWeasley on May 27, 2015 :
These books beat Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' by miles. Original idea and unique plot twists and ideas, with characters the reader can relate and become close to. A truly beautiful and thrilling read.

(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: jennifer loyd on May 26, 2015 :
Loved this book. Original characters and story line make it an obsessive read, you just can't put it down.
(review of free book)

Review by: Becca on May 26, 2015 :
Amazing. By far the best book I have ever read. Paced perfectly, and worded carefully. The plot was great, and the characters were interesting. I was completely sucked it. Overall an intriguing and well written book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Josh G on May 26, 2015 :
Being a "noob" on the app "Wattpad" and not have read many books, I stumbled upon this book. I read the summary and it reminded my of the story Maximum ride. I dove into the first chapter and while my body stayed grounded, my mind soared with the Flight. Every night I would stay up till 12 am reading the chapters with a hot cocoa by my side. As the end of this book nears, you discover the true meaning of friend ship and loyalty.
(review of free book)

Review by: OnlyInEternity on May 26, 2015 :
Utter perfection. Every word was chosen and placed carefully, Pawley has pulled off something that not many authors can.
(review of free book)

Review by: gagaga149 on May 26, 2015 :
I loved this book SO much! After stumbling onto JLPawley's profile on, I read one of her books (this one) and was immediately drawn into the wonderful series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chelsea Shea Taylor on April 10, 2014 :
Overall, I loved the plot. I enjoyed the characters and liked the fact that they all had a unique background. However, I had a hard time with some of the language used. The narration became overly colloquial randomly and it felt like an interruption in the flow of the text. I also wish that we had had a chance to see more actual interaction between Condor and Hawk before we hear Hawk say that Condor is his "best friend" after it seemed like they were both just trying to survive for a 100 or so pages. I will likely read the next book to find out what is happening.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chard Andrews on May 02, 2013 :
I'm pretty dubious when it comes to reading a new author, but I saw the blurb for First Flight and the premise just sucked me in completely ... teenagers mysteriously growing wings - how cool is that! I was so awesomely surprised by this book, I loved it from the get go, following Tyler and the others as they try to figure out how and why this is happening to them. There's plenty of action throughout the book, as they try to run/fly from all the groups that want to use them for their own profit, plus a good bit of chemistry between the characters as they deal with all the normal teenage rollercoaster feelings banging about.

I also read the little novella that was put out recently, Kestrel - Origins, which is a sort of filler that goes into the backstory for one of the main characters. This was also really cool, and gives you just that little bit of extra depth into Victoria/Kestrel's history, which is the kind of thing I love to read when I really get into a book.

Basically I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Logan on May 02, 2013 :
A truly enthralling book from beginning to end. The author writes with crackling wit and terrific pace that it feels like you're reading a movie (which I would watch the hell out of).

Great for young adults of all ages, can't wait to see where the series is going and what will happen next. The last book I enjoyed this immensely was Harry Potter. Generation Icarus is THAT GOOD.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charlotte de Vere on May 01, 2013 :
First Flight was a great read; it kept me enthralled from start to finish, and left me wanting book two straight away! It is well written and appeals to a wide audience, and is definitely well worth reading, and re-reading, if you haven't already done so.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angie Young on March 19, 2013 :
Wow! It has been a while since I have read a really good YA book, and man am I glad that this is just the first in the series. Like Tyler, I remember as a child jumping off things and thinking I could fly - for a split second. So for J L Pawley to write a book about teenagers sprouting wings and flying whilst escaping not one but two groups of baddies, well she is a genius!
The international mix of teens in the Flight was a good decision. I also adored how they took on bird names. It made me ponder what my bird name would be - I think Fantail! However, I did feel that the Kiwi aspect (kapahaka etc) could have been a little more subtle. I am also left wondering why the USA was chosen as the setting. However, these are minor grumbles.
I can't wait to read Book 2!
J L, thank you for the hard copy of your book. I have decided to hand it on to the school library where I teach. I've let the Year 7 and 8 students know the background and there are already plenty of them rearing to get their hands on it. And when I want to re-read it, I'll use the copy I downloaded. What a treat.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kiwikathleen on March 11, 2013 : (no rating)
Humanity has dreamed of flying ever since first recognising the beauty of birds in the sky. We picture angels with wings, when flight is not in itself a necessary part of their various roles. And while the engineering of spaceships is about exploration, the first impetus for developing mechanical flight was the dream.

When I said I'd like to review this book, the flying was the major drawcard. I also enjoy a lot of teen fantasy, so there was no hesitation. The only thing that might have gone wrong was that the book wasn't that well-written. Happily, nothing went wrong.

Generation Icarus has all the marks of good teen fantasy: it has teenagers discovering who they are, along with the confusion and doubt that's par for the course (and coming from a range of backgrounds with well differentiated personalities); it has adventure, with an assortment of foes and escalating danger. And it has something that takes us beyond ourselves.

I had to stop reading this for a few days because my Kindle's battery has been playing up, but I didn't want to. It's a great read. I can't wait till the 2nd in the series is published.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: smain on Feb. 26, 2013 :
This book has an interesting and unique premise. What if a group of teenagers unexpectedly grew wings? Seems impossible, but the book is written in such a way that you believe it could happen. This novel then follows the journey of these new 'mutants'. Although the book is supposedly for teens my 11 year old daughter loves it, and is asking if there is going to be a sequel. My husband has also enjoyed the story, as well as myself. The story would seem to have a universal appeal and would translate well into a compelling movie.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sheryl on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Awesome book, thoroughly enjoyed it! The whole family have read it and loved it (ages 10-79). Can't wait for "Second Chance".....
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emma McGeorge on Feb. 19, 2013 :
Brilliant book with a fast-paced and gripping story - I found it hard to put down!
The author writes in a way that draws the reader into the story and along for the flight!
A fantasy that will appeal to all ages and stages of reader.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Claire Nolan on Feb. 18, 2013 :
A book which gets you hooked from the start. I would definitely recommend First Flight to anyone, and have already had raving reviews from my Nana through to my younger sister. A must-read
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Isaac Pawley on Feb. 18, 2013 :
Fantastic book, I couldn't put it down, a really good read and a must for anyone who likes any fantasy type book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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