“Its triumph lies in the way Whiteley uses the metaphor to examine the tortured process of love and attachment.”
– The Guardian on The Loosening Skin
“A murky delirium of sinuous language and unnerving storytelling that will delight both experienced genre fanatics and literary fiction lovers alike.”
– Kirkus Reviews on The Beauty
“Whiteley has a penchant for describing the disturbing… a surreal and disquieting post-apocalyptic consideration of the roles we place ourselves in.”
– Barnes and Noble SF&F Blog
“Visceral and unsettling - I loved it”
– G. V. Anderson, award-winning speculative fiction author ?
"Whiteley [is] one of the most original and provocative voices in contemporary science fiction."
– Nina Allen, author of The Rift
"A story of the future that is an appeal to the present. The best kind of science fiction. A novel of its time, confronting current and terrible misjudgements with which humanity assures its own demise. All made startling by a typical Whiteley strangeness."
– Adam Nevill, author of The Reddening & Wyrd and Other Derelictions
"Intense and consuming writing, constantly challenging expectations."
– Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time
“The absolute best kind of philosophical SF, & indisputable inheritor of Le Guin. Aliya Whiteley forces us to confront difficult ideas, but they are important, and will become even more so. Exactly what SF should do.”
– Marion Womack, author of The Golden Key
"Clever and touching: a book of cosmic scope but with real characters and a human heart."
– Chris Beckett, author of the award-winning Dark Eden series
"A powerful and surprising examination of colonialism and its unintended consequences. Highly recommended."
– Helen Marshall, author of The Migration
"Whiteley's trademark subtle surrealism shines."
– Publishers Weekly
“Skyward Inn is an experience. Whiteley is a strong voice in speculative fiction and readers will be delighted and unsettled by her novels for years to come.”
– The Nerd Daily
"Whiteley takes the reader on a cryptic journey of trust, identity and knowing your place in the world."
– Starburst Magazine?
"A moving and thought provoking tale, completely unlike anything I’ve read before."
– The Bibliophile Chronicles?
"There are some books that are simply beautiful. And Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley is one of those."
– Libri Draconis