Publishing Date: October 2014
ISBN: 9780670068128, 9781503946576, 9781477829127
Publisher Description: 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.
Review: This review will cover all three books in the series: Earth and Sky, The Clouded Sky and a Sky Unbroken. Lots of spoilers here so read at your own risk you big babies.
In Earth and Sky, Skylar (get it?) is an angst ridden teen with OCD who stumbles into an alien conspiracy. This conspiracy didn’t make any sense. Why would aliens, that are human, envelop the Earth in a time field and go back and forth through our history? Well anyway, Skylar and blue eyed- jagged haired alien Win, go traipsing through time to find a weapon (which also makes no sense) constantly being harangued by evil Enforcers. They never stay long enough for the novel to become interesting by interacting with history. The minute they land back in time they are scrambling to find pieces of a weapon. The novel is mainly centered on Skylar as she talks to herself about her needs and wants. Besides the really boring story line, the writing relied on phrasing to expedite the scenes. Murmur, murmuring and murmurs were used 21 times. Flicked, flick, flicking, flicker and flickers was used 45 times. Fug.
In the Clouded Sky, Skylar is invited to join the rebels to dismantle or destroy the time apparatus. Skylar is even more myopic and self-centered than usual but still very SPESHUL. The usual phrasing follows the first novels recipe: Murmurs x 30 and flicks (38). The story line gets even more boring so a love triangle is added along with the cliché’ gay couple that most authors are adding to seem relevant. So here’s some more story line nonsense. The rebel leader whom coordinated the whole thing turns them all in while another someone in their midst is a traitor. There is no logical sense to this storyline. Then they blow up Earth because it was a mess that needed cleaning up. Huh? Then why waste all the time and resources to build and utilize an Earth time bubble?
In the Sky Unbroken, Skylar and her friends and family are placed in a viewing area to stumble about and ask a lot of unnecessary questions. Jule (the traitor) has abducted her family after getting some Sky-nookie and Win and his jagged black hair is back in the game as Sky’s number one penis. Murmur is also back to bludgeon your face 36 times along with flick (42). Sky is still speshul and they win at something and land on a new planet to colonize. Yay!
Was it all bad? No. This had so much potential to have the story line and character development grow with a movement that was never there. What happened to residing in history for awhile and tie that into the story line of the hidden weapon pieces. Make Earth a focal point of an alien (that are humans) takeover whom want a place to live by stealing events in time to change the future…or some shjt. Instead, they hang out in boring ships and space stations and yap about each other. It becomes trite while insisting upon itself to carry the novel to its conclusion.
Read these novels while getting bot-fly larvae dug out of your shoulder in Bolivia.