Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#Wednesday Review - The Clouded Sky by Megan Crewe (Young Adult, Science Fiction)

Series: Earth & Sky # 2
Format: E-Galley, 354 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

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?

The Clouded Sky is the second installment in Megan Crewe's Earth & Sky trilogy. The story itself picks up immediately after the ending of Earth & Sky. 17-year old Skylar Ross has managed to catch the attention of a group of Interplanetary rebels looking to stop the Council of Kemya from continuing its experiments on Earth's time field. They, or should I say Skylar and (Dar)Win, have time traveled across several different countries & eras, avoided the hated Enforcers who control earth, and successfully searched for parts of a weapon that can be used to destroy the time field surrounding Earth. 

For Skylar, her next journey includes a trip to the Kemya home world. Or, shall I call it the Kemya space station where the Kemyatans now live after they destroyed their own home world. You should know that the story mostly takes place on the Kemya space station. In order to explain her appearance on the station, Skylar must pose as a pet to Jule, a minor secondary character from the first book. Here on the station, humans have no rights. They are put into zoos and studied. 

We watch as Skylar pretends to be a pet so that she can go places where the other rebels can't go. She learns the technology and the language so that she knows what is happening. She learns how to pilot a shuttle, and goes on an important mission. Readers should give Skylar a whole lot of credit for what she does. She gets ignored, but keeps coming back. She pushes for answers as to who is betraying them, and discovers that persons identity before anyone else.

One of the main things that drove me crazy in this book, besides the slow pacing, was Crewe's twisted romance switch. It was pretty apparent, at least to me, that Skylar and Win had some sort of connection in the first book. Now that they are on the station, it is Jule who becomes Skylar's romantic interest while Win is on the outsider looking in. I can't judge the feelings the two characters have for each other. Jule isn't the tool I thought he was in the previous book. He is also a character who has a whole lot going on.

Can I just say that the ending blew me away? Literally. It blew me away with the extent that Crewe changes Skylar's future, and that of her friends, and family, and the series in general. I suspected the traitor from the beginning, but I didn't know the extent that this person would go to proving a point. I found myself really liking Isis, Britta, and even Tabzi. I love that the mystery isn't resolved until the last scene. 

Next up: A Sky Unbroken

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