Series: Sky Jumpers #1
on September 24, 2013
Genres: Middle Grade & Childrens
Source: Library or Borrowed, Publisher
*This book was provided by the Library or Borrowed, Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Sky Jumpers delivers action, excitement and a peak at what could be our future post World War III. After noticing that the audio book was only 5 hours long I decided to give it a listen rather than reading it and I was extremely happy with my decision. The narration was excellent and I think is really what sealed the deal for me here.
Hope really isn’t good at inventing, and inventing is what her little town of White Rock is all about. Of course, Hope doesn’t want to believe she isn’t good at it. But she has strengths in areas that just might save the day for her town and I think this is really a story about learning to accept yourself and embracing those things that you ARE good at. Together with her friends they are going to face danger, the wasted land and bandits, oh yes lets not forget literally sky jumping down into the deadly bombs breath left from World War III. This is a great action adventure, questing type story but with a great spin on things that kids of today will enjoy what with the popularity of post apocalyptic books.
I read the occasional middle grade book as I always like to have titles I can recommend to friends with preteens and Sky Jumpers would be a great choice for those youngsters who might soon be ready for young adult books.