Book Info Kindle Edition, 121 pages Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire ASIN B00MQ393CA edition language English series Night Sky 0...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 121 pages Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire ASIN B00MQ393CA edition language English series Night Sky 0.5 other editions None found Source:Netgalley EARC
In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She's about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.
I know her. Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I've heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.
Please, God. That's what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God. But I know better. There's no escaping this fate. This is destiny. I must kill Skylar.
Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn't let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar's just about to decide her new school's not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, "You're one of us." And then tries to kill her.
An introduction to the series we meet sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid, formerly of Connecticut she now resides with her Mom in small town in Florida and goes to school at Coconut Key Academy.
Sky is not petite, not curvy, not blonde and not tanned like so many of her new classmates as she has long curly red hair longer legs and is rather lacking in the curve department as she is built more like an athlete lean and slender.
Not finding herself wanting to eat in the school cafeteria Sky has found the outdoor quad area with picnic tables more to her liking, on this particular Monday however her table of the past week is taken by a girl that she bumped into once before that morning before school started so she sits at the next table and introduces herself to wheelchair bound Calvin.
Finding herself all of a sudden with a gun pointing at her when the strange girl leaps to her feet, shedding her full length duster which had previously concealed her weapons from view, Skylar is at first frozen but than manages to tackle and disarm her assailant with a little help from Calvin.
Quick first look at how Skylar meets and becomes friends with Calvin during a tense lunchtime her second Monday at school, also a sneak peek at book 1 in series Night Sky is included and is actually most of the material in this review copy.
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 496 pages Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published October 2014) original title Night Sky AS...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 496 pages Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published October 2014) original title Night Sky ASIN B00MBPT3SM edition language English series Night Sky #1 setting Florida (United States) Source:Netgalley EARC
In Night Sky, sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers. After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s. With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens — two from the rich part of town, and two living hand-to-mouth on the streets — embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.
With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Sky starts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo–and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.
Night Sky is the first book in a YA trilogy set in the same dark future as Suzanne Brockmann’s Born to Darkness, a New York Times bestselling hardcover, published last year as the first installment in her Fighting Destiny series. Night Sky has the same mix of suspense, romance, humor, and the paranormal, and deals with many of the same themes, including society’s relentless exploitation and devaluation of females, and the empowerment that comes when women and girls recognize their strength and intellect, and stand up, fight back, and save the day.
Word of advice first, prior to book 1 Night Sky there is a prequel Dangerous Destiny that introduces reader to Sky, her friends, the strange abilities that Sky is exhibiting and explains a bit of what is going on and it will make everything so much easier going forward.
Get ready to cheer as Skylar returns with a full on mission to find the kidnapped neighbor child she has grown to care for, also get ready for quite a few tense moments when she and her friends find themselves in danger during the investigation process that takes them to places that the four intrepid teens hope will help lead them to the missing child.
In the short prequel Dangerous Destiny I really got hooked on the non-stop banter between Calvin and Sky, now in reading book 1 Night Sky that has carried over to finding myself totally enjoying Dana and Milo’s characters as well as the four teens develop a deeper relationship over the course of the story.
Dana is like Skylar only it seems that she has less abilities at her disposal than Sky although the main two that she can harness at will, her mind control and telekinesis, prove to be more than enough when it comes time to confront anyone.
This is at times slow moving at other times the pace is fast but never do you lose sight of the fact that the teens number one priority is nine-year-old Sasha !
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Book Info Kindle Edition, 257 pages Published September 29th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published September 22nd 2009) original title Candor ASIN B002QX439...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 257 pages Published September 29th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published September 22nd 2009) original title Candor ASIN B002QX439S edition language English literary awards Florida Teens Read Nominee (2010), Cybils Awards Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2009) other editions (17) Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library
In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.
But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant—perfect—through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with Messages of his own, getting his clients out before they’re turned. After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks?
Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure . . . and more.
Although many have compared this to The Stepford Wives it reminded me immediately of 1998’s Sci-Fi Horror movie Disturbing Behavior which in a nutshell was about the fictional small town of Cradle Bay transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens. Featuring a stellar cast of both unknowns and semi-stars this hour and 24 minute film captured the essence of the book synopsis for Candor perfectly for me.
After reading Candor my initial impressions were reinforced but even with some similarities to the two movies this unique story spun out in a way that underlined that Oscar Banks got a raw deal from the beginning to the end.
Subliminal messages that create compliance notwithstanding there is no way that I personally would have made it one day in a make believe Utopia like Candor, am very glad that this was just a tale of fantasy because to have to live in a perfect controlled environment would be the worst kind of prison as life is meant to be emotional and messy. That said the plot itself was entertaining and enjoyable, if at times a bit too over the top but if you like this kind of fantasy it will make perfect sense from the get go to the end which is all one can ask for.