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Sky High Paperback – January 9, 2016
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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 was instantly sucked into this Government gone wrong tale. The action was so frequent and intense, it really kept you wanting to turn the page. We soon meet Nurse Yasmine. Who becomes a large supporting character to Mark's journey. While I found their first few encounters awkward, that soon turned into more natural dialogue. Once Nurse Yasmine stays in the picture, we really start to get the story going. Leaf is a resistance group to the Natural Selection and Agent Orange is the opposite evil. I really thought I knew where this story was going. That a battle between Leaf and Agent Orange would become the center.
Without giving to much away, I was dead wrong. There is a significant twist toward the middle-end that I think really elevated this story. The energy really picked up and I was eager to keep reading. Many small elements mentioned in the beginning start to tie in and really bring Mark's character and several other characters to their full potential. The only qualms I had were the names of some of the characters. For a futuristic book, I felt that Mark was rather simple. Commander Lawful also just didn't seem to fit either. Aside from that small thing, I believe Mahrt is on to something great and into young readers hands it can really take off. I hope there is a second because this story is definitely not over!
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
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