Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Clouded Sky
Publish December 17, 2015
In Megan Crewe’s The Clouded Sky, space travel, time travel, and an inter-galactic mission to save the earth are complicated by the all too prosaic problems of human politics and relationships. Seventeen-year-old Skylar has discovered that worldly beings from the planet Kemya use time travel to conduct experiments that are gradually weakening the structure of Earth. In an effort to save her planet, Skylar has travelled to Kemya’s space station to join a rebel alliance intent on destroying the time field surrounding Earth. The rebels must explain her sudden appearance to their friends and families, and decide that she should live with their most dislikeable member and masquerade as his “pet” – a drugged, subservient companion who does chores and occasionally provides other, less reputable services. As Skylar struggles to find her place on a planet where she is considered inferior, in the home of a disagreeable man with an unexpectedly gentle side, someone is leaking information to the Enforcers, who are determined to thwart the rebels and their plans. With her planet’s survival at stake, Skylar resolves to unmask the traitor, never once suspecting the price she will pay for her discovery. The second in Crewe’s Earth & Sky trilogy, The Clouded Sky is more character-driven than than the first book, and Skylar’s character becomes more fully developed and interesting as she copes with life away from home. Crewe deftly avoids middle-book lag by introducing an entirely new cast of characters and a roller coaster romance that adds an addictive soap opera appeal. Her focus on world-building is a pleasure, and sci-fi fans will revel in Crewe’s fantastic premise and richly imagined settings. Engaging and refreshing, The Clouded Sky is a stellar sequel whose gut-wrenching ending will leave readers yearning for the final installment.
Razorbill Canada, Penguin Random House of Canada
ISBN 13: 978-0-670-06813-5
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