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 panic attacks tormenting 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: our world no longer belongs to us.
For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants 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–but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Amazon Children’s Publishing.
- Earth & Sky is a bold, brilliant and unique story. The blur between science fiction and historical fiction is bewitching, the sort of story that mixes alien with fact. From the very beginning, Skylar’s sense of wrongness when it came to pieces of her world was puzzling and intriguing. It sucks the reader in and tantalizes with the promise of something mysterious, something magical. The bones of the story is amazing. The aliens, the fiddling with history, the threat of Earth unraveling, it’s terrifying. Unfortunately, that fear doesn’t translate well.
- Skylar was interesting. Her trauma was a story that cut deep. Her anger towards her brother, the pain in not knowing his fate, her OCD as coping mechanism all drove and inspired her actions. Getting inside Skylar’s emotions was riveting and upsetting but real and emotionally raw.
- The story is very slow and lacks the necessary suspense. Every action scene lags or is cut before any anxiety or uncertainty can fully develop.
- There’s a huge disconnect between Win and the reader. You never get the chance to know what he’s feeling, he’s almost absent, his presence is off and his actions push Skylar away.
- The budding romance seems one-sided because of Win’s attitude towards Skylar. The build up is minimal and so when it does happen, it’s dull, unsatisfying, and kind of bizarre.
- The history is brief and not nearly as detailed as I would have liked. Between the imagery in France to the battles with the Native Americans to the explanation of the colonization. The details were threadbare.
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