Skylar has always needed to cope with nearly crippling panic attacks. When the sense of wrongness fills her, only numbers can calm her down. When Win, a time-traveling alien, becomes intrigued with her ability to sense the wrongness in her world, Skylar is dragged into a conflict where she learns that aliens have been studying the Earth and its people for ages. Her unique ability may be just what the rebel faction needs for them to stop the scientists, if only Skylar will consent to help them.
I thought that Earth & Sky was a pretty okay book. Books about time-traveling always have those moments where they become too complicated or they don’t make sense when the time-traveling rules get mixed up. Earth & Sky toed both of those lines to create rules of time-traveling that are familiar with a twist. Usually it’s not aliens who are doing the time traveling. It relied a lot on the belief that any little thing you change when you’re traveling through time can have a ripple effect. I liked that Skylar worried about how she was changing her present (although because they were in the past, it would be the future). Would she know that things had changed or would it be as if it had never existed? We only understood how the time-traveling worked as much as she did. Sometimes, characters thrust into strange situations suddenly know more than they should, but Megan Crewe didn’t make her characters like that.
As a protagonist, Skylar grew on me. I liked that she wasn’t a Mary-Sue protagonist that fell into the group of YA protagonists who obsess that they’re not pretty enough for boys A and B. She held her own even when her world was turned on her head and showed agency when she’d been denied it for so long. I wish that more protagonists didn’t let a possible attraction toward a character they’re working with cloud their judgement. I really enjoy reading novels that stick with solving a problem instead of switching halfway to how much they can make out with their love interest. Win, the time-traveling alien, had a really nice character arc in this story. He started out as someone who is curious about the Earthlings and gradually grows to understand them on a level that is no longer scientific. He doesn’t plateau as a character; instead, he continues learning and changing. Their friendship has its ups and downs. It was really nice to read how they could forgive each other even when they were wronged, and it was written in a kind and realistic way.
As much as I enjoyed Earth & Sky, I feel that with a little more work it could have been a single novel. I’m not sure why the decision was made to make it a series, especially when parts of this first book were stretched thin. If it had been one, more could have been packed into the novel and it would have held my interest better. Although the beginning was boring, it did pick up when they started to travel to different places and different times. It allowed for a richer setting than that of a generic city. Ultimately, even though I wish it had been one book, I’m not opposed to reading the rest of the series. I hope to check out the second novel, The Clouded Sky soon.
I received a read-to-review copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Earth & Sky is the first novel of the Earth & Sky trilogy, and was published on October 28th, 2014.