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Review: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Thursday, March 20, 2014




Sky Jumpers
Peggy Eddleman


Series: Sky Jumpers #1
Genre: MG Post Apocalyptic
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publication: September 14, 2013
by Random House Children's Books




Synopsis

What happens when you can’t do the one thing that matters most?

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 help.

For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them all.


Review
◆ A copy was provided by Random House for review ◆

Sky Jumpers is a captivating read with beautiful story-telling, strong world building, and compelling characters.

Hope's story is reminiscent of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy in that both feature a strong female lead with vulnerabilities who grow into strong girls with the courage and power to save their people. I've always felt that characters like Hope and Miri are the most relatable to girls because we all have something we're working to deal with. For Hope, it's the feeling of inadequacy because she can't invent like everyone else. Sky Jumpers is about her growth as she comes to realize that she has her own strengths, ones that may save her town when no one else can.

The characters are fun and quirky. Hope is an incredibly brave, clever, and feisty heroine, one that will charm readers of all ages. I love how she's quick to take charge in situations, and no one challenges her. She's the leader in her group of friends—guys and girls alike. And there's no questioning her gender or how her behavior isn't like that of a young lady. Her friends are equally admirable, though they don't really show growth over the course of the novel. I especially love Aaren, Brock, and Brenna, and hope to see more of them in book two.

The plot is interesting and filled with fun twists. There were some occasions when the pacing was off or some details were introduced someplace when it would have been better warranted elsewhere, but these didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the novel. The only thing that really hindered my reading was that I didn't really get a clear picture of the Bomb's Breath. It may have been that I was reading too quickly at the beginning of the novel when it's introduced, but I was confused about its layout and where it stands in relation to other geographical points. A diagram or clearer explanation early on could have helped. But again, it may have been that I wasn't paying enough attention when it is first introduced.

Overall, Sky Jumpers introduces a powerful new voice in MG lit. I appreciate how Sky Jumpers can stand alone as a novel though I am definitely not opposed to it being a series. There is a lot of potential for expanding Hope's world, and I look forward to reading The Forbidden Flats, book two in the Sky Jumpers series!



Additional Information
Series
  1. Sky Jumpers
  2. The Forbidden Flats

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Content
  • Some shooting and hostage taking, but clean and suitable for MG readers

2 comments on "Review: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman"
  1. So glad you liked this. Me too. And there really aren't many books in this genre for middle graders.

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    1. I agree. I hope to see more post-apocalyptic reads for MG readers

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