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.The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe
Series: Earth & Sky #2
Published by Penguin Canada on May 5th 2015
Number of Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
When seventeen-year-old Skylar escapes the time-bending Enforcers who secretly control Earth, her troubles have just begun. She and her friend Win take refuge on Win’s home space station with his fellow rebels, but the fate of Skylar’s planet still spins out of her control.
To avoid detection, Skylar poses as the Earthling “pet” of Win’s rival, an arrogant boy named Jule. Homesick and faced with a cool reception from the other rebels, she throws herself into the group’s mission: assembling a weapon to disable Earth’s restrictive time field. Gradually, Skylar’s skill for detail gains respect—even from Jule, who is more vulnerable than he lets on.
Yet challenges spring from every side. Not only must Sky navigate the muddy waters of romance, but suspicions of betrayal grow among the rebels as their work narrowly misses sabotage.
In the latest in Megan Crewe’s Earth & Sky series, can Skylar expose the traitor before time runs out and Earth is destroyed?
I wanted to like this book so much, the first one was decent, so I had hopes this would be even better. I liked Skylar and Win, and was hoping to see how the group got on, and what happened in this one. However… this book was so completely different from the first book, it was almost like two different series. The first book had a lot of action and adventure. This book had a whole lot of… well, there was some intrigue? And spying, lots and lots of spying on various people. But mostly there was a lot of very slow bits, with a few things along the way that were interesting, and then a lot of slow bits again.
I said in my review about the first book, that we didn’t really get a sense of personality from anyone but Skylar and Win, because that book focused primarily on them. We got to see a lot more of the others in this one. Which was a plus. Until I realized that they didn’t really have a lot of personality for at least the first half of the book. I could have interchanged Britta and Isis’ names and not noticed. That got better in the second half or so, enough that I actually ended up liking Britta and Isis.
Thlo seemed to be in an almost perpetual stage of grumpy. Win faded into the background for most of the book, and Skylar switched her affections from him to Jule. I actually liked Jule somewhat for most of the book, since he was a focus character, his personality was more fleshed out than most of the others in the book.
I also didn’t expect at all, who the person was who was betraying them all. Not until towards the end, just a little bit before Skylar figured it out. So that was pretty good, I like not being able to guess stuff like that until the end if at all.
But I’m also wondering what the third book is going to be about. The ending, (which I will NOT be spoiling!) just kind of had me sitting there staring at my Kindle wondering what the heck happened. It was so completely unexpected, and honestly, doesn’t make me want to read the third book in this series at all.
So basically, it was really slow. Not much really happened, and the characters needed fleshing out more. The twist was unexpected, which was good. But the ending made me feel like I’d fallen down Alice’s Rabbit Hole. I won’t be reading the third book.