Expected Publication: October 18th, 2014 by Skyscape/Razorbill
*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
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.
Imagine reading a synopsis about aliens. Aliens using Earth as their experiment! Imagine you love aliens so much that in your sophomore year of high school, you and your best friend used to spend every class period in the computer lab looking up alien stories and Roswell and Area 51 conspiracies when you were supposed to be writing essays. Not because you believed the stories, really, but just because ALIENS. So, naturally, you read the synopsis of Earth & Sky and you basically go:
And then imagine reading the novel that made you go "what the fuck" more times than any other and being SO let down on the alien front.
Yeah. Imagine that.
Earth & Sky was so incredibly boring and disappointing that I almost wanted to cry. The aliens are barely aliens at all. There's plenty of time travel involved, but they literally travel by like, wrapping themselves in a cloth. They go to the past, in France, and I expected this beautiful and descriptive setting. But you know what I got? Boring. Boring, boring, boring. THEY GO TO THE AMPHITHEATER IN ROME. DURING AN EVENT. You don't understand how much I love ancient Rome. I took Latin in high school and couldn't get enough of the history. BUT IT SUCKED. This book sucked everything fun and interesting out of Rome for me. I never felt immersed in any of their locations at all, and this book hops around so much that it's not even funny.
"The shrill beeping of my alarm yanks me back to consciousness the next morning."
OH WOW, AN ALARM. Guess what? I don't care.
Guess what - I STILL DON'T CARE. I AM BORED TO TEARS.
"The spray of the shower has never felt quite so delicious. Down in the kitchen, I take a weird enjoyment out of the tinkling of the Bran Flakes falling into my bowl - so marvelously normal."
We're introduced to the hero, Win, within like, three pages. He strikes our heroine, Skylar, because he just feels so wrong to her. Wrong, wrong, wrong. I never want to read that word again in my life. Skylar's panic attacks are brought on when something feels wrong - she literally calls it wrongness throughout the whole book. Seriously.
But I digress! We were talking about Win, who is an alien. Except there is literally nothing interesting about him at all. Oh wait! Apparently he's cute.
Yeah. Woo hoo.
"He's actually kind of cute, in a soulful hipster way that makes me picture him strumming a guitar on a coffeehouse stage."
Earth & Sky focuses on Win and Skye as they hop across time to find the pieces to a device some guy built that will do something to get the so-called aliens off of Earth for good while they're being chased by some other lame aliens. I think. This book is so, so confusing. There's all this stuff about paradoxes and OH WAIT THIS WILL WORK IF YOU'RE OUTSIDE THE TIME FIELD (what does that even MEAN?) and basically it spends all of its 304 pages contradicting itself.
"The time field doesn't allow certain types of paradoxes, like meeting someone from your future. It's as if we all carry around this big bubble of our present, whatever time it is for us outside the field, and if the two bubbles clash' - he bounces his palms off each other - 'whoever's from the later time gets bumped out of the way."WHAT?
I absolutely could not connect with Skylar. I'm convinced I can barely read in first person anymore. She was boring, boring, boring, like the rest of this novel. She's a goody-two shoes, of course, with excellent grades - but OH! LET ME TAKE OFF WITH THIS STRANGER TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME! She did consider calling the cops on him a few times in the beginning, though. I appreciated that.
Overall: This could have been an intricate and detailed incredible sci-fi novel with hardcore aliens. Instead it was just a mess. I'll read the sequel just to find out what happens with the whole Noam plotline and because it takes place on another planet, but I won't expect much from it. 1.5 stars.