Book Review | Earth & Sky: For Time-Travellers

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. (via Goodreads)

Source: received for review from the publisher (thanks!)

Note: please excuse the excess of Doctor Who GIFs. It was time travel and I couldn’t help myself.

The blurb is what drew me in, and it couldn’t have been more spot-on. Skylar, our protagonist and narrator, wasn’t anything very special, and neither was Win, for the most part. (Other than, you know, being an alien… but you get used to that after a while.) I had trouble connecting with Skylar in the beginning, but the book quickly took off and became a lot more enjoyable.

Skylar actually questioned the weird creepy dude offering her a crazy story about aliens. I am so tired of girls in novels who just go along with the guy with a spaceship. She actually, you know, questioned him, and, I don’t know, figured out that he wasn’t trying to kidnap her before she hopped into his time machine and flew off.

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Speaking of time machines… THERE WAS A TIME MACHINE! I really love time travel books (and movies, and television shows), but I don’t think there are enough good ones out there. Well, Earth & Sky definitely exceeded my expectations. The time machine reminded me a bit of the TARDIS, except it was a cloth and they could carry it around with them. Which, I suppose made it a bit easy for them to get away. Also it wasn’t bigger on the inside.

It took me a while to realize the blonde-evil-woman’s name was Kura. Whoops. My fault. I didn’t totally get the police-being-against the time field (which allows alien scientists to manipulate Earth) being destroyed. I didn’t really get why they needed it in the first place, but I guess… *shrug*

But then again, it’s time travel. And it’s fun time travel. They get to go to Paris! And America!

There’s a subplot, but it’s not a romantic subplot. Which is pretty awesome. Most YA books go for a romantic subplot, which gets pretty annoying on a regular basis, but another thing I liked about Skylar was that she didn’t trust Win. So there was no insta-love happening. I mean, there were hints of a really good friendship evolving, but the really big subplot dealt more with the mysterious disappearance of Skylar’s brother Noam when she was a child. The family always assumed that Noam ran away… but did future Win and Skylar have something to do with his disappearance?

There were laws involved in time travel. Like, you can’t be at the same moment at the same time twice. Because that would cause a paradox. And you can’t shift things around too much or else people and places and things will disappear or no longer exist, and then you’ll have a problem. I really liked how we got to see evidence of this, too, although I think Skylar’s reaction was a little mild… although technically, since they never existed, she shouldn’t be sad about it anyways.

Her parents were real people who played a part (however small) in the story. Honestly. Her parents actually do exist, and she DOES have to be home within certain hours so that they won’t know she’s disappeared or anything. They weren’t really wholly fleshed-out people, and didn’t play a significant role in the plot, but they were there and that’s what matters.

Overall: Overall this was a very enjoyable read, albeit one with a lack of world-building and characters that weren’t really too memorable. I’d definitely recommend the book to fans of Doctor Who or any other sort of science fiction geek.

3.5/5 Wagging Tails

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