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A Crack in the Sky

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  465 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos is worried. Even though he’s a member of the most powerful family in the world. Even though his grandfather founded InfiniCorp, the massive corporation that runs everything in the bustling dome-cities. Even though InfiniCorp ads and billboards are plastered everywhere, proclaiming:
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maya H. I wish! :( Up to now, there has not been a release of a second book, but apparently he is working on a sequel.

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Robert Kent
Aug 26, 2010 Robert Kent rated it it was amazing
Let us discuss the plot of A Crack in the Sky and see if you can’t pick up on our current political and economic model seeping into the tale of a future society that has otherwise never existed: Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos lives in a futuristic dome city. I don’t want to give everything away, but in the future the environment is so bad that humans can’t live outside, so we all gather in domes. Citizens of the domes are assured this is not a permanent situation. They are waiting for the Co ...more
Take the fake, domed town in The Truman Show and drop it in the middle of the video game Fallout 3, add a dash of The Matrix, a smidge of Dune, the sidekick from His Dark Materials, and a touch of A Clockwork Orange, and you've got A Crack in the Sky. Not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some HEAVY influences going on here which can sometimes be distracting (and I'm sure I'm missing a ton). Characterization is pretty good, though the over-the-top, creepy bad guy is a bit wearing, and I fou ...more
Cecilia Solis-sublette
Jan 25, 2011 Cecilia Solis-sublette rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopia
"Who says you can't learn anything from a work of fiction? This Young Adult novel is surprisingly fast-paced, intelligent, and poignant. Here, we meet a young man, Eli, who is one of the great members of a powerful corporate family - a family who runs...moreWho says you can't learn anything from a work of fiction? This Young Adult novel is surprisingly fast-paced, intelligent, and poignant. Here, we meet a young man, Eli, who is one of the great members of a powerful corporate family - a family ...more
Stacy Daniel
Nov 27, 2012 Stacy Daniel rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I had picked it up at the library hoping it would spark some intrigue in my son who is very "techie" and into science. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down and read it all in about a day and half. The author really make an important topic of today come to life in a fictional (and yet completely tangible) story 100 years in the future. The author perfectly correlated the events that transpire in 100 years to our obtuse political and social non reactions regarding to ...more
Jessica W
Sep 04, 2012 Jessica W rated it liked it
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Heather Chang
Sep 16, 2010 Heather Chang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-books
I read the first couple of chapters to 5th grade students and they LOVED it. I have about 10 kids from each class that are on waiting lists for this book. This book is so good! It is a future horrible world where people live in domes because global warming and other disasters have ruined the environment.
Tony Keefer
Frightening and fun at the same time. Loved the dystopian element to this book. Will be interesting to see where series goes after this debut.
Danin Blair
Aug 22, 2013 Danin Blair rated it it was amazing
it was a very futuristict book it had a good theme and setting with it.
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Nov 22, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it
As with his earlier books, Hughes gives readers a chance to explore Rhode Island as he chose the setting for this novel. The one thing that is different is that it is set in a Providence of the future, in which environmental catastrophes have driven the surviving humans into the remaining domed cities scattered throughout the country.

This is the world in which Eli Papdopoulos, a thirteen year old living in this dark futuristic Providence. His family is one of the most influential in the country,
Keith Bryan
Jun 25, 2012 Keith Bryan rated it did not like it
Okay, this book was...extremely insipid. I couldn't stand about 4/5 of it due to the apocalyptic scenario of the plot. I mean, protecting the environment is one thing; writing a book that, no matter the author's fictional intentions, would freak out most younger children is fear mongering. The planet warming up is key to his story line though, and maybe I would overlook it if it weren't such a boring and crummy rip off of Lewis Carroll's wonderful characters and stories. Also, the big bad compan ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Vince rated it it was ok
Young Adult fiction typically deals with the angsts of its target market - first love, discovering personal identity/purpose, and forming one's own world-view. In many ways, the YA market today presents some of the best stories in SF/Fantasy - where was this outpouring of imaginative authors when I was a kid? Unfortunately, A Crack in the Sky addresses its themes in a derivative and almost formulaic manner.

To be fair, Mark Peter Hughes mixes an original plot, but most elements feel borrowed and
Rene Kirkpatrick
Jun 18, 2012 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it liked it
This was pretty good, I loved his book Lemonade Mouth, and this was so different it kind of took me aback. It's a dystopian novel, again placed well into the future, as well as an ecological disaster novel. A lot of the same bits and pieces as a few other realistic futuristic science fiction books: global warming, melting icebergs, vast deserts and domed cities. The notes in the back are great, he did a lot of research and there's a lot of information about how this particular scenario came to b ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Rae rated it really liked it
First off, I must comment on the absolutely gorgeous cover illustration. As an art student studying to be an illustrator someday, I do have a bit of a pet peeve over the photoshopped teen covers that are currently saturating the market (Seriously, if I see one more book that uses the red/white/black photoshop motif in its cover, I'll scream.), but A Crack in the Sky has a beautiful, painterly cover that perfectly illustrates a moment in the book and the light used is absolutely amazing. Seriou ...more
Dec 01, 2010 P.M. rated it really liked it
Global warming has arrived. InfiniCorp has domed the large cities and created a mindless, controlled life for the citizens. But Eli Papadopoulos is a bit of a rebel. He begins to notice small imperfections and malfunctions in the city of New Providence. Together with his chipped mongoose Marilyn, he begins to question his existence. When he is contacted by the Friends of Gustavo about the final collapse of civilization, he becomes a danger to his cousin Spider who has all but seized control of t ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Dijay rated it it was ok
The rant at the end really weakened the novel, for me.

This novel is great; I don't want anyone to think that my 2-star rating means that you shouldn't read this, or that I think this book isn't worth reading. I rated it so low because pretty much the entire reading experience was soured for me by the laser-point tract against our environmental habits that popped up at the end basically out of nowhere.

All throughout, we're following the story of a curious and slightly worried young man who's try
Hilary Wagner
Dec 06, 2010 Hilary Wagner rated it really liked it
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The Genre: A Crack in the Sky covers a lot genres. This book has something for everyone! First off, it’s pure middle-grade. It doesn’t carry over into YA as far as content/violence, though any teenager would be completely in love with this book. It’s dystopian, urban fantasy, sci-fi, and even has a very clever mongoose, so a bit of animal fantasy as well.

The Main Character: After the first few page, you already start caring about Eli. He’s this young, smart guy, who c
Mar 11, 2016 Kylie rated it it was ok
I'm giving this novel two stars because of what I liked about it. It wasn't all terrible. Overall though, it was.

I read this book in middle school -- eighth grade to be exact -- and it was a pain to finish. I read it for the cover, the only time in my life I've ever read a book solely for its cover, hoping to reach the scene the cover depicted because I thought it was cool.

It was okay at first, honestly. I found part of the exposition interesting. The topics the author explored -- how technology
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18Breanna Conner
Feb 19, 2016 18Breanna Conner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
I really enjoyed reading the novel A Crack In The Sky by Mark Peter Hughes. The book is about a young boy named Eli who lives in a post apocalyptic world that is monitored by . Suddenly, there starts to be problems with the domes covering the few cities that are left. Eli always notices these problems, even when others don't. I like this story because it shows the perspective of a young boy (he is just 13 if I am not mistaken) going through some very stressful situations. Usually, the stories I ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Nigarsan rated it really liked it
This book "A Crack In The Sky" by Mark Peter Hughes is about a boy named "Eli" who's a grandson of the richest and the president of "Infincorp".Even though everything is going alright where they live but,he notices disasters that the president doesn't even notice and blame the "Foggers".The "Foggers" are people who live outside of the dome because in the setting,it takes place when global warming is causing the world to overheat and with disasters.With a help from "Tabitha", a fellow employer o ...more
Russell Doiron
Jun 19, 2011 Russell Doiron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Peter Hughes' A Crack in the Sky, the first of a trilogy series, is set mainly in Providence, Rhode Island. This is what originally sucked me in and caused me to scour library shelves in search of this novel. The references to landmarks and inclusion of street names caused my inner Rhode Islander to jump with joy at finally being recognized (the most recognition which Rhode Island has received otherwise would be its' confusion with Long Island, New York).

The one downside to this novel is t
Oct 25, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Don't worry! Infinicorp is taking care of everything!
Infinicorp created the dome cities that saved a lot of people from the Great Sickness and the increasing heat of the world's atmosphere. Unfortunately, some still struggle to survive Outside. These people were called Foggers by the dome residents and blamed for every little thing that goes wrong with the dome. Eli Papadopoulos is the youngest of the ruling clan behind Infinicorp. He is rather unmotivated to gain a high and important position w
Feb 01, 2011 Breanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
In a future where global warming has turned Earth into a scorched wilderness, the remnants of humanity survive in dome-covered cities, waiting for the Cooldown. But thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos is worried. Recently, he's noticed that there's something wrong with the artificial sky, and the city is hotter than ever. When he begins asking questions, he is contacted by operatives of a dangerous terrorist group. They claim to have the answers he is looking for, but learning the truth might cos ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Overall, both I and my son (14) enjoyed this book. I was tempted to give it five stars, but settled on four.

I am surprised by the number of readers who were turned off by the allusions to other literature and art forms in the book, to me these helped ground the book in OUR reality, not just A reality. I personally enjoy these "Easter Eggs" left by an author for an audience that may be well read and get the connections.

The interweaving of classic sci-fi elements, creative additions, and real li
Jun 08, 2013 Lucas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
A fantastic fiction (I hope) book of the world after a series of climate related disasters including the melting of all the ice caps, devastating storms, and a sweeping disease that has forced humans to live inside domes or suffer the life of an Outsider. The one thing that I kept thinking about while reading the book is how real this fictional world could be in a hundred or so years. While the utopian type world inside the domes seems perfect, those that are Friends know the dire situation of t ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Tammy rated it liked it
An "end of the world" novel based on global warming. The world has become a desert, the oceans are stinking and ruined, and people have found refuge within great domed cities...but the protection of the domes seems to be failing. Fair warning: this is the beginning of a new series (the Greenhouse Series) so don't expect the end to feel resolved (don't you ever miss the good old "stand alone" novels? I do).
Written for middle-schoolers, it was an exciting, well-written, and interesting read. Cha
Jun 20, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Global warming and excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused coastal cities -- and the entire state of Florida -- to sink under water. Enormous storms sweep the earth constantly. To save the remaining cities, InfiniCorp has built huge dome-cities, with climate control and robo workers. But Eli Papadopoulos, the 13-year-old grandson of the man who founded InfiniCorp, is concerned. He is not sure that the dome-cities will be able to stand much longer. What will happen when they run out o ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fic
If I could give a three and a half I would. This was an interesting read and I am very curious to see the series continue.

Eli is a genuinely curious (and reluctant) hero. And though his Grandfather was far from a perfect man they did seem to share a genuine affection.

I liked how the author did a very thorough explanation of some of the science behind the story. He talked about what was fact and what was fiction and gave other sources to read for information. Granted, at a middle grade to YA audi
Jacob Coleman
Nov 18, 2015 Jacob Coleman rated it really liked it
I give it four stars since this is by far one of my favorite books that I have ever read. It includes a futuristic, dystopian world where you have your regular people inside the “protection” of huge domes while on the outside of those domes, rough skinned outcasts are surviving on bare essentials. I like how the outside is so hot and humid that almost everywhere is ruins and deserts. While this is what it is, people are still surviving out there, using everything they find to the best of their a ...more
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Mark Peter Hughes was born in Liverpool, England in the Oxford Street Maternity Hospital, the same hospital as John Lennon. His family moved to the U.S.A. when he was one and most of his childhood was spent in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Mark’s first novel, I Am the Wallpaper, is the the story of a girl who feels unnoticed and ends up being an unwitting online sensation. Soon after its publication h
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