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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Greenhouse Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-10–In this first installment of a planned series, 13-year-old Eli lives in a postapocalyptic domed city run by InfiniCorp. The world has been suffering from global warming, but the corporation insists there is no reason to worry. It uses the power of the CloudNet to distract its citizens from signs that all is not as it should be. Because Eli is one of the few who can resist the CloudNet's power, he is accused of being a “Fogger” (those who are accused of anti-InfiniCorp sentiments) and is sent to a reeducation facility where he is imprisoned and forced to work assembling T-shirts. He meets Tabitha, who is the only other slave who can fight the power of the CloudNet. Together they plot to escape. Taut pacing and interesting characters are offset by flawed world building. A map does add visual clarification to settings that aren't fully fleshed out in the text (though, oddly, the location of the re-education facility is not indicated). Eli's microchip-implanted pet mongoose functions as a deus ex machina, another symptom of sloppy world building. While this is a decent example of dystopian literature, it is not likely to win over those who aren't already enthusiastic readers of the genre.Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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Hughes’ ecocrisis dystopia follows a familiar formula yet marks the beginning of a thought-provoking series. Thirteen-year-old Eli is expected to secure an important position in the family’s company, InfiniCorp, which created dome-cities to protect humanity from the ecological disasters Outside. When he notices worrisome problems with the artificial sky and weather, his concerns are dismissed. Unable to simply toe the company line, Eli meets the Friends of Gustavo, who claim they know the truth about the Final Days, and ends up marked as a terrorist. When he is sent to be reeducated, he meets Tabitha, another Friend, and with her and his telepathic pet mongoose, Eli intends to escape and bring change. Hughes takes on digital realities, mind control, corporate conspiracies, climate change, religious mania, and evil family members in this action-packed adventure. Although Eli doesn’t spur the plot forward so much as react as it happens, readers will relate as he ends up in trouble just by being inquisitive and observant. The author’s note includes a reading list and intelligent examples of how real science informed the story. Grades 6-10. --Krista Hutley

More About the Author

Mark Peter Hughes is the author of Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up, A Crack in the Sky, I Am the Wallpaper, and Lemonade Mouth, which was adapted into a #1 Disney Channel Original Movie. Mark was born in Liverpool, England, and raised in Rhode Island. Having once been kicked out of his eighth-grade music class for throwing a spitball, he later became both a writer and a musician in an alternative rock band. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife, three kids, and his dog, Wendel.

Learn more at markpeterhughes.com.

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My son loved it and read in a couple of days.
Todd Isaacs
I loved the ending which is left WHIDE open for the next book in The Greenhouse Chronicles and am sittimg restlessly for the next one!!!
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Give the book a chance as it gets better as the chapters proceed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kent on August 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let us discuss the plot of A Crack in the Sky and see if you can't pick up on our current political and economic model seeping into the tale of a future society that has otherwise never existed: Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos lives in a futuristic dome city. I don't want to give everything away, but in the future the environment is so bad that humans can't live outside, so we all gather in domes. Citizens of the domes are assured this is not a permanent situation. They are waiting for the Cooldown at which point they can go back outside, though there are those who believe the Cooldown may be a myth.

At the heart of all things is Infinicorp, the major corporation responsible for all aspects of life in the dome cities. Their slogan is "Don't worry. Infinicorp is taking care of everything." They manufacture and sell all products and own everything and everyone. At age thirteen, citizens of the dome cities officially become employees of Infinicorp and they work out their lives in service to the corporation. Not our Eli, though. He's being groomed for upper management. His grandfather founded Infinicorp and his family runs things. It is fascinating to read the parallels Hughes draws between kingdoms of old and the corporate structure.

Anyway, prince Eli, if you will, is sitting pretty. He is in the top 1% and all he has to do is mind his manners and he could one day rise to CEO if he can survive the rivalry of his cousin. Of course, something comes along that changes Eli's world forever, or there wouldn't be a book. Hughes takes his time in fully revealing what that something is, so I won't spill the whole story here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe L. Computer on September 19, 2010
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Mark Hughes has spun a fantastic tale, full of wit, insight, and drama. His book is thoroughly original, daring, and creative. I won't spoil any of it for you, but might just mention that the book's fictional "InfiniCorp" is on par with Wall-E's "Buy N Large" as a wonderful satire on consumer mania and screen zombie-ism.

"A Crack in the Sky" is so much more that, though. Besides being hugely entertaining, it cuts to the core of the most important questions we all face, which are harder than they seem, such as: When does a white lie told to protect others go too far? How do we know what we know? How can we be sure? And what are we truly capable of when given a glimpse of a different plausible truth? Are we willing to question what we hold dear? And can we live with the consequences of getting uncomfortable answers?

I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DomoPyro on October 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
His book was the best I have read in a long time. And cant wait for a sequel. I dont know wy this book is not in the tp 10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Global warming and excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused coastal cities -- and the entire state of Florida -- to sink under water. Enormous storms sweep the earth constantly. To save the remaining cities, InfiniCorp has built huge dome-cities, with climate control and robo workers. But Eli Papadopoulos, the 13-year-old grandson of the man who founded InfiniCorp, is concerned. He is not sure that the dome-cities will be able to stand much longer. What will happen when they run out of power? Even worse, what will happen to Eli, when he starts asking too many questions?

There are some really exciting adventures in this dystopian teen novel. The ending fizzled without a solution to the eco-disaster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By noah on September 10, 2011
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When I finished Mockingjay I just felt confused and depressed. I thought it had a terible ending and was really a fallout of the first book. I was still interested in Dystopia books and wanted to read something better. This was even more better than I thought!!! It had a really good storyline an characters including the miraculous future Hughes creates with his large imagination. It actually made sence nd made me cry out in despair as I realized I would have to wait fr the next one...all well. (= I loved the ending which is left WHIDE open for the next book in The Greenhouse Chronicles and am sittimg restlessly for the next one!!! READ IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BookyGrl on February 10, 2011
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I thought this book was fun and creative, written in a way that children will understand, but that adults will enjoy as well. The author did not dumb things down! This is part sci-fi, part urban fantasy, part dystopian...and more! Well done! :) Oh, and I loved Marilyn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Razor on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book presents an interesting premise and really gets exciting a few chapters in. I couldn't put it down! This is the first chronicle, and I will be very excited to see the next in the series. Author Hughes creates a fascinating, believable world of children and their families. The moral questions posed by the book are interesting for both kids and adults. Definitely a great book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. on October 12, 2010
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Fascinating book for teens through adults. Give the book a chance as it gets better as the chapters proceed. The author creates an intriguing plot with excellent twists. A good message on the environment as well.
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