Number of pages: 352
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 4.75
Release Date: April 26th 2018
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
One day I was checking my email and an email from Netgalley came through. It said that wishes do come true and that I had been granted access to this book called Sky in the Deep. Now I had no idea what this book was about, let alone when and why I requested it at the time this email came in, but I am so glad I wished for it on Netgalley. Not only is it one of 2 books I have added to my favourite shelf this year, it is also the first ARC to ever be added to my favourite shelf.
Now I will admit that Sky in the Deep was a little slow in the beginning (hence the 4.75 star rating), but even when I wasn’t absolutely hooked while reading, it was still a 4 star book at minimum. The fact that I also started it right before my linear algebra class at 11am on a Monday may have had an effect on my engagement level in the beginning. Linear algebra is not exactly what I would call fun and enjoyable.
Despite it being a little slow in the 1st half, the 2nd half had me completely hooked. I could not put it down. I normally read physical books at night and e-ARCs before class and stuff, but I was reading this in bed one night and finished it that night. It was the first time in a long time I stayed up late finishing a book. Reading it reminded me why I’m a reader. The last book that really did that was Crooked Kingdom, which I read in February 2017. That isn’t to say I haven’t absolutely loved books I’ve read since February 2017. I just mean that a book hasn’t been quite as addicting for me in a long time.
I will leave a warning here that if you are upset by animal sacrifice, you may want to stay away from this one. It’s fairly detailed and happens twice, and it was upsetting to me. It didn’t really take away from my reading experience, but I don’t want someone else to have a negative experience reading Sky in the Deep because of it. Your safety is more important than reading a book.
I found Sky in the Deep so fascinating to read. It explores so much in such a fantastic way. It was so interesting to see Eelyn confronted with the idea that the people she has been fighting for years aren’t so different from her. You get to see how what she has believed her entire life conflicts with what she is confronted with in the Riki village. You get to see her resist the truth she sees, but you also get to see her beliefs slowly change. It was just so well done.
It was also so nice to see the idea of family being explored. Family is such a huge part of Sky in the Deep, and that’s always nice to see in YA. It was so interesting to see how the idea of family not necessarily being who you are related to by blood is examined. Family is so much more than your genetics, and I love that this book explored that.
The romance was also built up really well. There are a few moments when you can tell how the love interest is feeling, and Eelyn is oblivious. Then, she starts to develop feelings of her own, and it’s just perfect. My heart. The romance happens fairly late in the book, so Sky in the Deep is not very romance heavy, but it is there.
I loved the side characters. They are so fleshed out and realistic. Side note: Halvard is so precious, and I would protect him with my life. If you read Sky in the Deep for nothing else, read it for the precious child (he’s like an 8 year old (I forget his exact age. Don’t quote me on this)) that is Halvard.
Overall, Sky in the Deep was one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I severely regret not being able to review it sooner. It has earned 4.75 stars out of 5 from me, and a well-deserved spot on the NYT bestsellers list this week.
I debated whether I was going to add this on to the end of this review, or if I was going to post this as a separate post entirely, but I am back. Exams are done, and I am home for the summer waiting to hear if I failed my advanced Calculus course (I passed everything else). A lot of things went wrong in the past 4 months that led to this review being late, I had a week of depression after my first Calculus midterm that left me playing catch-up on everything for the rest of the semester, and my cat died in March. University wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. But I’m glad to be back, and I’m full of post ideas and reviews I have to do, so this isn’t the last you’ll hear from me.