What if life on Earth is all part of some Great Experiment?
From Razorbill: 17-year-old Skylar has always been haunted by the fleeting yet powerful feelings that something around her has gone wrong. Those impressions have never seemed to reflect anything real, and have only earned her stares and whispers behind her back. But after she meets a mysterious boy named Win, she learns an unsettling truth: We are not alone on Earth. In fact, visitors from beyond the stars are manipulating our planet and the essential fabric of our world; life as we know it is starting to unravel. And Skylar—and her heightened awareness—just may be the key to our salvation.
In Megan Crew‘s Earth & Sky, Skylar has always felt a sense of wrongness in the world about her. Sometimes it’s so bad all she can do is curl up and run through multiples of three in her head, trying to find some semblance of control in the reliability of numbers. Her sensitivities attract the attention of a boy named Win who says he says the answer but the answer is more shocking than she could have imagined. Life on Earth is an experiment, one that is rapidly degrading the frail fabric of time. Soon Skylar finds herself in the middle of a rebellion, racing across time and dodging alien forces—all before the clock runs out for life on Earth.
Can we just take a moment to ooh and aah over this cover? Beautiful!
If you are looking for a good time-travel read, Earth & Sky is the one. Crewe’s command of Skylar’s universe is an example of excellent world-building. Her grasp of the time-travel genre and its common paradoxes and pitfalls is clear—she really has thought of everything, making this a tightly wound story about an otherwise fluid and complex subject matter. Crewe’s love of the genre really shines.
Earth & Sky offers readers glimpses of various moments in history from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution and beyond. In this way it reminded me a bit of Lloyd Alexander’s Time Cat mixed with Doctor Who; fans of both with delight in the blend of historical and science fiction.
While the across-history scavenger hunt was enjoyable, I did find the solutions to the clues a bit too easy, at least at first.
I found Skylar unremarkable as far as heroine’s go, although she did grow on me. The male lead, Win, was much more intriguing. He is arrogant and, although he feels superior, is quite ignorant of Earthlings. I found his initial unlikeability quite likeable as a character trait. As the story evolves so does he.
This is a book that gets stronger as it goes with some great twists along the way. I’m curious to see where it’s heading and hope its momentum continues in books 2 and 3. With its glimpses of history, its strongly built world and some interesting introspection on humanity, Earth & Sky is a great read to while away the hours.
♥ ♥ ♥ (3/5 hearts)
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This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.