- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill Canada (Oct. 28 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670068128
- ISBN-13: 978-0670068128
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[A]n enticing and enjoyable piece of fiction that will keep lovers of sci-fi and time travel engaged.” - CM Review
About the Author
MEGAN CREWE is the highly acclaimed author of several books and pieces of short fiction for young adults. Her first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. The Way We Fall, the first instalment in Crewe’s Fallen World trilogy, was published to great acclaim in 2012, and was shortlisted for the OLA White Pine Award, with the two following books, The Lives We Lost and The Worlds We Make, coming out in 2013 and 2014 respectively. When not writing, she tutors children and teens with special needs. She lives in Toronto with her family.
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Earth & Sky combines a science fiction base with flashes of historical fiction, which I absolutely loved. I am a big fan of historical fiction, so having Skylar and Win jump to different time periods on their quest -- and to get to explore these time period a bit, not just hop in, hop out -- was a lot of fun for me. I think Crewe did a wonderful job of trying to capture the feeling of each location and time period and I wish I could have spent more time in each of these places because I was enjoying that a lot.
When it comes to the actual time travel element that made those history visits possible, I was impressed with the logic. I'm sure more experiences sci-fi fans than I will have some questions for Crewe, but as a casual (but reasonably intelligent) sci-fi fan, I was able to follow along with the explanations and logic behind the time travel and the aliens' actions that were messing with Earth. I didn't pick up on any glaring errors or inconsistencies that would have pulled me out of the story or made it completely unbelievable, and I think that made a huge difference because I was able to suspend my disbelief when it came to the alien aspect since the science aspect lined up well. In this sense, it was very well executed.
I thought Skylar was a great character, especially in the way she dealt with the crazy that Win brought to her life. She isn't one of those immediately over-trusting girls that seem to have cropped up since Twilight's Bella; she is immediately suspicious of Win once he starts showing up more than is reasonable. She also doesn't accept his story right away; it takes some convincing and some hard proof to get her on board, which I really respected. It was also interesting to have a main character who is so into math, as that seems to be unusual in a lot of YA, and especially so because it is math on which her compulsion that keeps her grounded is based (I'm not sure that's exactly the correct way to put it, but basically she seems to struggle with a mental illness that is associated with the changes the alien scientists have been making to Earth and math helps her keep it from overwhelming her). Now, I'm definitely not a very well educated judge on portrayals of mental illness, but I think Crewe handled it well and respectfully, and the way she associated it with the conflict in the world, thus tying Skylar in, was smart.
One thing I did struggle a bit with was keeping the other characters straight. Some of them were easy enough to remember, but when it came to people who were largely grouped together, especially Skylar's friends, it wasn't easy to remember who was who. They could have been distinguished from one another more, though I think that would have taken more scenes with them, which weren't necessary for the plot. This wasn't a huge detractor for me, but something happens at the end with one of the friends and it didn't have the impact on me that I think it was meant to because I didn't even remember which of the friends it was by just her name. Overall this was only a small issue, though.
Earth & Sky has a lot going for it and while there are a few things that held me back from totally loving it, there is also plenty to praise, including the fact that it worked so well for just a casual sci-fi reader like myself. I really appreciated that and am interested to hear what other readers -- sci-fi fans and otherwise -- think!
The novel starts off slow. I’m not particularly a fan of slow beginnings, but I felt this one was necessary for the story. It helps set up the rest of the plot and introduces our main characters. By chapter two, it’s like the whole story bolts off running, never quite slowly down or stopping until the very last page. The quick pace certainly reminded me the sense of urgency the characters were feeling. The story always kept me interested, engaged and wanting to keep returning to the book whenever I had to put it down.
I liked the main characters, Skylar and Win, but I wanted to love them! At times, they felt two-sided, not fully developed. Skylar was either anxious and annoyed or completely confident. She suffered from what seemed like anxiety attacks for years and it felt like she was cured the instant she met Win. I would have preferred it if her character growth was more gradual than sudden. Also, it felt like Skylar jumped at the chance to time travel and agreed to help Win too quickly. I wish it would have taken her more convincing to help him instead of totally acceptance that aliens and time travelling were real. As a part of the theme of my blog, I would deem Skylar as a strong female character. By the end of the novel, she found determination and bravery within herself, not only to travel so far away from home but selflessly chooses to do all she can to save her planet.
Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/review-earth-and-sky-by-megan-crewe/
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With a few words and an otherworldly time traveling cloth, Win explains to Skylar that she isn't crazy, and the wrongness she's felt all her life isn't all in her head. According to Win, alien scientists have been messing with Earth's timeline for thousands of years, not caring about the consequences. Their experiments have been altering history and leaving ripples behind, these ripples are what Skylar sees as wrongness. These ripples are causing catastrophic changes to the planet and if the time-travelling experiments don't stop soon, the very fabric of the reality will unravel and the Earth and everyone on it will be destroyed. For some reason, Win believes that Skylar's ability to sense the small shifts in reality are the key to saving the world. Throughout history, a member of his group has hidden the pieces of a machine that can put an end time travelling and stop the further destruction of the planet. Skylar agrees, but partly because with time travel, she believes she can bring back her brother, or at least find out what happened to him. She has no idea how dangerous this mission is, though. There are alien Enforcers hot on their trail and ready to kill as they hop through history to try to save the future.
Well, that was fun! Earth & Sky is an exciting and clever romp through the ages. Not only that, but it's got cool alien technology, a complex plot and a truly star-crossed romance. This book manages to fit into several different catagories at once: sci-fi, historical fiction, contemporary, action/adventure, mystery/thriller and romance. All aspects are well written and perfectly fit together, plus, it's just an enjoyable read. At first I was thinking, oh, man...time travel and paradoxes...aliens...globetrotting though history...this sounds so cool, but it could get confusing! BUT, it did not. The story flowed well and was fast paced and full of adventure. Sure, there were a couple of times that I had to stop and think (mostly when it got to talking about paradoxes), but it was fine, it didn't take me out of the story. The time travel aspect was very well done and even if someone doesn't quite understand everything 100%, their overall mission to save the world keeps it moving so you don't have to become a scientist to enjoy the story. I also really liked Skylar as a character. She's smart and brave, yet vulnerable. Win is great, too. Yes, he's an alien rebel with a mission, but he's also curious and still has a lot to learn about the human race that he so desperately is trying to save. He and Skylar are learning from each other along the way, not just about fighting for the future, but also about what it means to be human.
I'm REALLY looking forward to continuing this story. The next book, The Clouded Sky, releases May 5th, 2015.
It took a while for this book to really hit a spot with me, but when it did I really enjoyed it.
I don't recommend the audio book. The narrator isn't terrible, but the wording was too childish and stood out with the audio for me.