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Sky High Paperback – January 9, 2016
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I guess my issue with this book is that, ultimately, while it was well-written, it never managed to engage me. It was another case where I felt like I’d skimmed the book, even though I’d read every word of it, because I never once was able to actually immerse myself in the story. While Sky High does have a few twists you don’t expect in it, it feels almost completely predictable, both in plot and characters. As the story unfolded, I found myself mentally checking off tropes in my head. I mean, there’s everything from the plucky young protagonist who finds out he’s special in a certain way, to the big bad government conspiracy.
Mahrt has technical skill. The story flowed very smoothly, and his descriptions were such that I was easily able to envision the world that he had created. It was also edited well, which I definitely appreciated. For a debut novel, this is not a bad piece of work at all. But, you can tell it is a debut novel. Actually, as a novel overall, this isn’t bad. It’s just not a book that stands out in any way other than the setting, and even that isn’t truly unique (but, in writing anymore, what is? Everything’s been done hundreds – if not thousands – of times).
Overall, Sky High is a book worth checking out, and I’m sure many people will like it. I don’t dislike it. I just don’t care much either way about it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review consideration
When I started reading Sky High, I did not know what to expect in terms of complexity because I have never really read books categorized as "YA science fiction." I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the plot and setting are quite complex and intricate.
The action in the book begins almost immediately, but Mahrt manages to fill readers in on Earth's history and explain the pertinent issues before thrusting readers into the action. What explanations that the author does not give readers at the beginning of the book are included when they are relevant, without slowing the story down.
Mahrt's writing is precise; with the complex plot and well-developed characters, the book could have easily exceeded 500 pages, but he managed to describe an intricate world and society in 215 pages. If that is not impressive enough, Mahrt provides a very satisfying end to the plot while leaving readers wanting to read more of his work.
I think that categorizing Sky High as a "YA science fiction" novel does it a disservice. The author's language is clear and concise, making it easier for younger readers to comprehend; however, the plot and setting are sophisticated enough that adult readers of science fiction should not dismiss it offhand.
It is definitely worth reading, and I recommend Sky High for both young adult and adult science fiction fans.
I like to read books that take a creative stance on how the future of the earth might play out. Lots of books, television shows, and movies have tackled this topic, but every once in a while I stumble on a unique concept that makes me fall in love with the genre all over again.
Sky High is a fast paced and straight to the point work that left my heart racing despite the questions circling around my head. It has a Brave New World feeling to it, but the plot is one that seems terrifyingly plausible. In addition, while the plot is nowhere near similar, the slang used throughout the work reminded me slightly of A Clockwork Orange, however, Sky High is much easier to read than the slang/dialect in A Clockwork Orange.
My main complaint is that I have so many questions after finishing reading it. I'm not sure if the author is planning a sequel or not, but I desperately hope so. Overall the plot is very well paced, character development is excellent, and I was hooked within the first couple of chapters, unable to stop reading until I was finished.
Highly recommended and I look forward to this author's future work.
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