Series: Sky Jumpers #1
Genres: Middle Grade, Science Fiction
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.
I’m so glad I went into this book blind because the synopsis gives away the main conflict of the story! OOOHHHHH NOOOO. If I had read the synopsis before, I probably would have been very bored with this book. But since I didn’t, I thought it was a rather fun little story. It wasn’t what I was expecting though. With a title like Sky Jumpers, I was expecting something with more… Sky jumping. I was expecting some kind of epic sky city, sky battles, etc.
I didn’t get that. I got the story of a young girl and her community thriving after a disastrous event. Which isn’t bad, not at all! I liked it. I liked how determined and resourceful Hope is, and how her friendships and relationships developed through the book. There’s plenty of good action and adventure showing just how strong Hope really is, and I liked that!
But given that the last book I read was also about a young girl trying to save her community, I was hoping for something different with this one. This one was less dark and gritty, more about the characters’ growth and change and saving their community instead of unearthing secrets.
Overall: This book leaves me with a “liked it, but didn’t love it” kind of feeling. A neat little story to read when I’m not in the mood for something long with lots of world-building, nice characters, and that’s about all I can say.
This month, I’m participating in Sci-Fi Month 2015! So join us, let’s have fun!