I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe
Series: Earth & Sky #1
Published by Penguin Group (Canada) on October 28th 2014
Number of Pages: 306
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.
“What do I know about this guy? He saves high school classes from bombs, he has the attention span of a guppy, and he moons over lattes.”
The book is told in first person, from the perspective of a seventeen-year-old girl. The summary sounded interesting, but I wasn’t really expecting a lot. Once I started reading though, it just sucked me in. There were a few times were I had the “really? you’re just going to go along with this?” feeling. But for the most part, it worked so well I wasn’t thinking about anything except what was happening and would be happening next. I also had a few moments were it reminded me a little bit of what I’ve heard about Dr. Who, and there was a feeling in the very beginning of the book of the whole Matrix movies and Neo being the One with how Skylar ended up in the thick of things. But that faded pretty quickly.
It doesn’t come out and state it in so many words, but Skylar has a bit of OCD. Everything she does needs to be done in three’s. 3 bottles of nail polish of all the same shade. Three times unlocking and locking the doors and windows to be sure they’re locked. Doing the times tables in three’s to get her past her anxiety and panic attacks. And the reason she does it all with that particular number comes out towards the last third or so of the book.
This book focuses almost exclusively on Skylar and Win, you don’t really get a sense of the personalities of any of the other characters. They almost feel like empty props just to fill in the place holders. Need a best friend? Here have one, and a few others to round out your social circle. Have a set of parents too. Oh and here’s the bad guy, who is a girl in this book, and her thugs. Have some descriptions of their looks, but not enough actual substance to flesh them out. Maybe that will happen more in the rest of the series. I don’t know. But for all that? I didn’t actually notice most of the flaws until I had finished reading and went back to think about the characters. The only one besides the two main characters who had any real depth was Jeannant. And Thlo, but you don’t really get to know much about them since the story revolves around Skylar and Win.
I will be picking up book 2 to see if it has as interesting a plotline as this book, and to see if the fleshing out of characters is done better. Even with it’s failings, I still really liked this book.