The Sky Inside (The Sky Inside #1)
Martin lives in a perfect world.
Every year a new generation of genetically-engineered children is shipped out to meet their parents. Every spring the residents of his town take down the snow they've stuck to their windows and put up flowers. Every morning his family gathers around their television and votes, like everyone else, for whatever matter of national importance...more
The story? eh. It had some neat ideas - actually, it had too many neat ideas jammed all together so that none of them were very successfully explored, at least to the lengths I would have liked. It was a jumble of partially developed plotlines, so much so that I kept expecting at least some of them to come up again. The book even opens with a foreshadowy-seeming game show scene th...more
When I first read the inside cover of this book I was really intrigued and couldn't wait to start it. The first 40 pages were really good, they reminded me of Th...more
The writing is nowhere close to Goodman's prose. Dunkle just doesn't quite have the skill to create that heavy atmosphere of dread. For instance, there are bugs everywhere--"the walls have ears" is a phrase that's constantly repeated...more
This book sounded so promising: a boy grows up in these domes that have been built by the government to shield its population from the terribleness in the outside world. His younger sister is one of the Wonder Babies (no one has children the old fashioned way, they all order them and they are delivered by a machine called a stork) that are too smart for their own good and ask too many questions about the...more
I felt that there was a bit too much time spent on half hearted attempts at world-building (that didn't quite do it for me) and not enough time spent actually answering the questions about the world. There is a big spiel at the end explaining the world, but I woul...more
I had a bit of trouble with the worldbuilding. I found it a bit of a stretch to accept that so many people were willing to pretty much sit around and do nothing. Perhaps it was seeing it th...more
There's a lot of convenience here, plot elements that just fall into place as necessary--and disappear a...more
I loved the metaphor for our own society where we think that everything out there beyond our normal life is rotten and barren and bad when really it is so much more lovely than anything we are clinging...more
Overall I enjoyed the novel. Dunkle's prose is good and the description of the world that the protagonist lives in is done well. There are aspects of the novel which will leave the reader feeling slightly aghast, but there are also some decent comic moments, mainly involving the robot do...more
A dystopian society where everything is perfect, children are taught superficial lessons in school, coldness is the norm and people watch killer game shows for fun.
This sounds familiar...
Marten and his too perfect little sister, Cassie, are products of a society where the sky is always blue, there is no rain and pain is swept under the rug until Marten's birthday when his birthday gift, a dog-bot (Chip) with special modifications opens the door to the hard truth of the...more
Imagine a perfectly-formed, perfectly-controlled world. And then imagine what will happen when everything comes crashing down...”
Martin is a thirteen-year-old boy living in a home that is identical to the one next to it,...more
It's not a rip-off of Hunger Games, first of all, which I appreciated. I haven't read anything very similar to the Sky Inside, well, ever. It was also full of unexpected twists and turns, and unpredictability is something that I love in books!
The setting was not extremely unique, but it was unique for a dystopian. Basically, the...more
By Clare Dunkle
Martin lives in a world where everyone has a vote--every morning. In fact, every family is required to get up at dawn, stand in front of the wall T.V. and pledge, then vote on whatever issue the President needs help with that day (like what color to change the curtains to in the Oval Office). Kids aren't born, they arrive when requested by parents, and each new "model" of kid is better. Martin is an older model, a 14, which gets him in some trouble from time to time....more
HM1 is basically a giant dome you cannot leave. Different domes communicate with each other by packets that go along the rails. You can't know too much, think too much, and being orderly and the same is almost the only think that is c...more
Some good quotes:
"It was the distance that fascinated him first. After a lifetime of living with a steel ceiling and a concrete floor, the vastness o...more
Every spring the people of the suburbs or 'burbs' take down the fake snow from the windows and put up flowers instead. Every morning the people 'vote' on 'very important' matters. What color will the curtins be?
At the age of four Martin recognizes 'wonder babies' commercials on the TV. Now he is twelve and has a little sister, age 6, Cassie. She is learning about isotopes in the periodic table of elements.
For his birthday, martin gets a dog, well, not quite a dog, but a dog-like crea...more
Intriguing look at a future world where free will has been erased in return for security. Readers will love Chip, the All Dog that Martin receives for his birthday.
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"Nah," Martin said. "She was just being that way for you. She thought it was what you needed to hear. If parents told us what they really think about stuff, we could figure them out like regular people.”