Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars (it was okay)
12-year-old Hope lives
in White Rock, a town struggling to recover from the green bombs of
World War III. The bombs destroyed almost everything that came before,
so the skill that matters most in White Rock—sometimes it feels like the
only thing that matters—is the ability to invent so that the world can
regain some of what it’s lost.
But Hope is terrible at inventing
and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the
deadly band of air that covers the crater the town lives in—than fail
at yet another invention.
When bandits discover that White Rock
has invented priceless antibiotics, they invade. The town must choose
whether to hand over the medicine and die from disease in the coming
months or to die fighting the bandits now. Hope and her friends, Aaren
and Brock, might be the only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s
Breath and make the dangerous trek over the snow-covered mountain to get
For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and
risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them
I'm honestly not sure how to rate this. I thought it was quite slow, and not terribly interesting. I tried to think of how my middle grade aged son would like it, since he is the target audience, and even still, not sure if he would.
It's easy to say I'm not the target audience, and it's only a middle grade book, so I should go easier on it. But there are some killer middle grade books out there.
The plot for this one was different, and there were some elements to it that I liked, but overall it was very forgettable, and I definitely wouldn't continue on with the series.
*I received an e-galley of this from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.