Author: Megan Crewe
Genres: Aliens, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel, YA
Source: NetGalley ARC - Received Free For a Review
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.
Earth and Sky could have been a great book for me, but it fell short in a couple areas. Our main character’s name is Skylar and she notices when events have been changed because of time manipulation in the past. She feels that something isn’t right in everyday events and notices that a mysterious boy, Win, seems more real in a world that is fading. Win has been pushed to the sidelines as his rebel group of aliens work to stop the scientists from time traveling. Win realizes that, with Skylar’s help, he could finally prove himself and find the missing pieces of the weapon that will stop the scientists.
This book held so much potential for me since I love time traveling books and have recently developed a soft spot for alien/outer space books. The time traveling in Earth and Sky was actually one of my favorite aspects of the book. I love the change in scenery that comes with time travel books. It’s not simply the same place all the time. Characters are traveling to interesting places with different cultures and landscapes. I enjoyed reading about the different places that Win and Skylar traveled to together and even learning a bit of history along the way.
The alien’s past was interesting but seemed a bit farfetched to me. I find it hard to believe that the alien scientists have been manipulating time on Earth for thousands of years and only just recently has an alien rebel group started up to stop them. Based on what Win says about his home, the aliens don’t have the best of living conditions. I think the aliens would have demanded a better way of life much sooner and found a different planet to manipulate since they apparently didn’t want to live on Earth anymore with it unraveling.
“But when we destroy the time field generator, all the scientists up there will have to see it’s time to focus on improving our situation on Kemya instead. So we can all have a world like this eventually.” -Win
Or they could just build a new field generator…?
I did like the main character Skylar. She was smart and able to figure out the cryptic clues that the other rebels couldn’t. I wish Win could have been more helpful in figuring out the clues. He was just sort of the time traveling button pusher. I would have liked it more if they acted more as a team and figured out the clues together. For that matter, why did they feel like they had to do everything on their own? Just two kids running from some pretty powerful and evil people. They had an entire group of rebels to help them after they proved themselves by getting the first piece of the weapon. Win’s need to prove himself to his group seemed rather childish.
This book was tagged as a romance genre on goodreads, but that was pretty much non-existent. I do see the possibility for a romance though in later books of the series. Although, I’m not sure at this point if I will continue with the series. The book was interesting enough that I was able to finish it in a timely manner, but there were quite a few things that didn’t sit well for me.
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