When seventeen-year-old Skylar escapes the time-bending Enforcers who secretly control Earth, her troubles have just begun. She and her friend Win take refuge on Win’s home space station with his fellow rebels, but the fate of Skylar’s planet still spins out of her control.
To avoid detection, Skylar poses as the Earthling “pet” of Win’s rival, an arrogant boy named Jule. Homesick and faced with a cool reception from the other rebels, she throws herself into the group’s mission: assembling a weapon to disable Earth’s restrictive time field. Gradually, Skylar’s skill for detail gains respect—even from Jule, who is more vulnerable than he lets on.
Yet challenges spring from every side. Not only must Sky navigate the muddy waters of romance, but suspicions of betrayal grow among the rebels as their work narrowly misses sabotage.
In the latest in Megan Crewe’s Earth & Sky series, can Skylar expose the traitor before time runs out and Earth is destroyed?
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.
So immediately after reading Megan Crewe's Earth & Sky, I dove right into The Clouded Sky, which picks up right where we leave off and oh wow! This one was just as epic as the first and there were soooo many twists and turns! Some I was able to predict, but naturally, there were things that totally blew me out of the water and I am still left in shock. When does the third book come out now? Netgalley will get it as an automatic read again, right?! The wait is going to be agonizing!!
Skylar leaves Earth with Win to go to his planet to help the rebels in their cause. They want to put a stop to Kemya's interfering with Earth and basically move on to finding their own home. They want to destroy the device that does all the monitoring and manipulating, and with Skylar's help and Jeanette's plans it's a possibility.
So remember that guy, Jule? Not sure if I mentioned him, he had only a brief role. But he was kind of a jerk. Well, that jerk is about to play a much larger role in this installment. Jule agrees to be Skylar's "keeper", it's the only plausible way to explain her presence on their space station that is their home away from home. Skylar is to be Jule's pet, which is basically as it sounds like. A Kemyate taking in a human for a pet because they're so fascinating! Which doesn't sit well with Skylar at all, but Jule is truly the only one she can safely stay with that won't arise suspicions.
I was throwing all the praises at the first book for not having a love triangle and I really did speak too soon, because wouldn't you know it, Jule isn't as such an a-hole like we thought! He has a different side to himself that he slowly shows Skylar in the time they spend together. He has had it rough over the years and only acts like an ass to put up a good show. And sure enough, things progress rather fast between these two. While it wasn't a straight up case of insta love, it was close. There were still times these two didn't get along, but, yeah, pretty soon Skylar and Jule are a couple. So sorry, Win.
The other larger part of the story involves a traitor in the rebel group's midst. Someone is leaking information to the Enforcers as the group is trying to move forward with their plan. There are some close calls and soon Skylar finds herself doing some investigating to learn who the traitor is. Being a pet she can easily move around unseen for the most part and she's been teaching herself the Kemyate's language with the programs on the computer she uses in Jule's place.
Once again, I found myself enjoying this book, but yet, there were times things just didn't move quite as fast as I would've like. Things dragged a bit. It took awhile to get to the action scenes, but again, once we got to those particular scenes, I was in full enjoyment mode! This read had a little more suspense than its predecessor. Mainly because Skylar is in an undercover role looking for a traitor. And oh wow, I started to make a guess as to who it was literally a chapter before Skylar got to the conclusion herself. And then after which, I felt let down by it. I can't really get into the whys or else I'll let a spoiler loose, so take that comment as you will!
The ending, oh my god, that ending!!! What the freaking freak?!!! Endings like this, or any cliffhanger, really need to be illegal! LOL! It's an ending that is so jaw-dropping and shocking, you're left blown away by it, I was shaking...and now...now I'm miffed I have to wait until the end of October for the conclusion. So please, Netgalley, get A Sky Unbroken up asap!! Times like these I regret binging a trilogy but having to wait for the third book. What on Earth was I thinking? LOL!
Again, I'll say if you're looking for a nice Sci-Fi YA series, this is one you should definitely check out! It's far different than I was expecting. The aliens don't really feel "alien", but as you'll learn, they are still dangerous individuals! The Clouded Sky was a phenomenal followup to Earth & Sky and I will be counting down the days to October! As if I wasn't already!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
The Clouded Sky releases May 5, 2015