Book Review: Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe

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Title: Earth & Sky
Author: Megan Crewe
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: 28 October 2014

From Goodreads: "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."

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I was first attracted to this book because of the beautiful cover, and then once I realized the author was Megan Crewe, I knew I had to read it immediately. The first book I read by her was The Way We Fall, and I devoured that book in a few hours, so I had a feeling that this book would have the same effect on me. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about Earth & Sky that I did about The Way We Fall.

When I first began reading the book, it really felt like there was a lot being thrown at me all at once. Skylar's "wrong" feeling was definitely an odd concept, but it was interesting enough to make me want to read more about it and find out exactly why she felt that way about certain things. She also had a thing with 3's, and when she was feeling "wrong" about something, she would twist the beads on a bracelet and multiply in increments of 3 to try and calm herself down. I liked that she actually had something wrong with her, and had a bit of OCD, because it made her character imperfect and odd instead of the typical YA book female character.

Win was definitely not my favorite character in the book, and I found myself skimming through a lot of the book because I did not want to read about him any longer. Throughout most of the book, he treated Skylar like she was just a means to an end, and not really like she mattered. It did get a bit annoying with the way that Skylar had to constantly point it out, so that was just something that made me not like Win very much. He also seemed to treat her like an experiment in one part of the book, which definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

The story was difficult to actually push through and read for long periods of time, but I was able to completely finish it after a while. I felt like the same thing happened each time Skylar and Win jumped through time, and it became very predictable and I found myself rolling my eyes when, once again, the bad guys would catch up to them and they would have to run away. Again. The story just didn't progress at a decent enough pace to make me want to sit down and fly through this book. I was constantly skeptical of Win's motivation, and how he would never tell Skylar to mention his name to anyone from his time. He just seemed very sketchy from the get go and that was probably part of the reason I had a hard time reading this.

Unfortunately, I don't feel like I will go out of my way to finish the trilogy. I did not enjoy the characters very much, I found it very hard to stay immersed in the story, and I honestly just did not find myself falling in love with this title like I did with The Way We Fall. It may be unfair to compare two different books, but I certainly enjoyed that other title better. I will not flat out say that you should not read this title if it seems interesting, but it just was not my cup of tea. If you like books where the two main characters do not instantly fall in love (which was probably one of the redeeming qualities about this book), go on a quest to save the earth, and get to travel across time, then definitely check out this title. Megan Crewe is a fantastic writer, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a new writer to read.

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