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Sky Jumpers

(Sky Jumpers #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,654 ratings  ·  350 reviews
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
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Random House Children's Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Neil (or bleed)
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Sky Jumpers is simply a breathtaking, fun- and suspense-filled adventure that kids will enjoy. I, myself, enjoyed reading it, hence, 4 stars. It has a rightful amount of action and thrill. I found it unique despite its post-apocalyptic theme since it showcased new ideas that I haven't read in any post-apocalyptic novels. Or maybe I had but I can't really point the difference. You know me.

Let me just commend the author for doing a very good job in establishing the world the story was set in. From
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
First, let me say that I do totally get the idea of "suspension of disbelief." I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi. The idea of a MG post-apocalyptic (this is NOT a dystopian) was intriguing to me. Right up my alley. But my biggest problem ended up that I simply could not suspend disbelief.

Maybe it's because I have a science background, but I could not get beyond the wonky science of this book. Fine, it's for kids. Here's the issue: The book goes out of it's way to try and explain how and why all t
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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Hope is the only person in her town who can’t invent, a much-needed skill after the green bombs of World War III destroyed everything above the surface and changed the world forever. But Hope is brave, a leader, and has amazing physical skills she hones by jumping into the Bomb’s Breath, a deadly band of compressed air leftover by the bombs that covers her crater-valley. When bandits attack her town and demand the only cure for a deadly disease,
Peggy Eddleman's debut children novel targeted for 8 to 12 year olds is a winning science fiction juvenile tale.

Hope, lives in White Rock, a town in what was once Nebraska, 40 years after the "Green bombs" of World War III destroyed the world's civilization, electronics and lifestyle. Now White Rock has the Harvest Day Invention Day, where the children strive to use their ingenuity to make projects that will help their community.

White Rock's 917 person town is in a crater, ringed by mountains a
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a surprisingly charming book. SKY JUMPERS is set post-WWIII, on an Earth that has been decimated by "green" bombs. Technology is all but gone, because the magnetic fields are messed up, and sections of the world are permanently toxic.

Hope's community, White Rock, is one of the best to live in. They're in a valley, naturally defended by the mountains and the ring of deadly Bomb's Breath around them. The town's founders included a man with quite the library, enough to help them get starte
The idea of the plot intrigued me and the main character had good voice, but the execution of the story was not great. The physical description of the world was confusing and sometimes contradictory so that I could not accurately picture this world. Also, there were just too many plot points that were unrealistic, even for a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic world. The idea and characters had promise, but the story was disappointing.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2.5 stars

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Middle grade fiction tends to be mostly hit or meh with me. Either it’s blowing my mind with awesomeness or I could kind of take it or leave it. Sadly, Sky Jumpers did not jump its way into my heart. While I don’t have anything against it and definitely don’t think it’s a bad book, I’m neutral to it.

Sky Jumpers reminds me a lot of Z for Zachariah. Now, if you haven’t read the latter, let me enlighten you. It’s set in a p
I am a HUGE believer in the power of books, especially for younger readers, but a book must open up a whole new world and fuel the imagination. Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman is a powerful read and acts like rocket fuel for the brain! World War III has surpassed all previous wars with its ‘advanced’ warfare methods and destroyed most of the world’s population in the process. Chemicals released by the bombs that were dropped chemically altered the atmosphere, creating much denser pockets of air th ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
When the prospect of a Middle Grade post-apocalyptic book was presented to me, I was over the moon. I'm a huge fan of MG fiction, but it seems like there's not a lot of it out there that stems into areas like this. Maybe it's because post-apocalyptic worlds aren't exactly happy places, but that just made me more excited to see how Peggy Eddleman would handle this in her debut novel.

What first struck me as odd was the fact that the science aspect of this book really doesn't make a lot of sense.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Go, Peggy Eddleman! Thank you for writing a fun post-apocalyptic story that features a strong female lead!

I love post-apocalyptic stories that focus on how humankind deals with the fallout, without necessarily focusing on the whys and hows. Let's see how we pick up the pieces. Eddleman does this beautifully.

I really enjoyed seeing humanity come together in the aftermath. It's not just dog-eat-dog in this world. It's tough and rough but people are helping each other out. They are loyal and love e
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm honestly not sure how to rate this. I thought it was quite slow, and not terribly interesting. I tried to think of how my middle grade aged son would like it, since he is the target audience, and even still, not sure if he would.

It's easy to say I'm not the target audience, and it's only a middle grade book, so I should go easier on it. But there are some killer middle grade books out there.

The plot for this one was different, and there were some elements to it that I liked, but overall it
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I received this book from Netgalley to review a very long time ago. My best intention was to read it right away, but it didn't work out that way.

This is a tween to YA dystopian book. It was very well written and really captured my attention and imagination. I wish that I had read it sooner!

This book takes place after WWIII. The Earth has been drastically altered and people live with little to no technology. People live in fortified villages to try to stay safe from bandits who roam and steal wha
Shanshad Whelan
Review Originally Published at: Views From the Tesseract

Note: An advanced reader copy was provided by the publisher.

Futuristic fiction set on Earth after World War III has destroyed most of civilization. I bet the word that immediately came to mind was ”dystopia”. Riding the wave of Hunger Games interest, there have been no end to the stories of oppressive societies, dark futures and technology run amok. Sky Jumpers isn’t any of those things. What we have here ins
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peggy Eddleman’s Sky Jumpers is a super captivating middle-grade read with exciting and refreshing post-apoc elements and breathless thrills. Twelve year old Hope lives in White Rock, a town located in a 10 mile wide crater, in a post WW III world. The green bombs of WW III left the world devastated and destroyed most of the technology, so the citizens of White Rock value inventing above all else. But Hope rather go sky jumping off the crater’s cliffs and into the deadly Bomb’s Breath- the deadl ...more
Aj Sterkel
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Sky Jumpers is a post-apocalyptic middle grade novel about a group of cliff diving twelve-year-olds who need to save their town from invading bandits.

The narrator is a kickass heroine named Hope. She’s a natural leader with a passion for competitions and physical activity. There’s no challenge she won’t accept. She isn’t afraid to climb tall trees or jump from the cliffs that surround her home. Her classmates are drawn to her because of her athletic talents and leadership abilities. Unfortunatel
Kristen Harvey
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Sky Jumpers, World War III has left the world less inhibited and the people of White Rock are protected by Bomb's Breath – an area of green mist that will kill those who walk through it. The town's emphasis is on inventions and every year there is a festival celebrating the inventions created by the children of the town. Unfortunately, Hope seems to lack a skill of inventing and her latest failure leaves her completely out of displaying her work. Her best friend Aaren is a brilliant inventor ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Peggy Eddleman's Sky Jumpers is a terrific middle grade novel--it's easy to see why it's been getting all the buzz it has. It's got a great action sequence combined with heart, and should appeal to most young (and not-so-young) readers.

After the green bombs of World War III wipe out most of humanity (but don't destroy the planet because they're "green"), the survivors struggle to rebuild their communities. Some fifty years or so after the war, 12 year-old Hope lives in a unique communi
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

WWIII Green Bomb aftermath leaves the earth devastated but Hope survives in more ways than one.

Daring to do what her settlement fears, 12 year old Hope defies death with her adventurous spirit. Being courageous is not Hope’s weakness, her insecurity of being different is. While the community applauds technical finesse and inventive creativity, Hope’s strength lies in leadership and problem solving. She overcomes the community’s collective fear of going into the Bomb
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Why did I read Sky Jumpers?

Those badass kids on the cover are cliff diving into a deadly band of air. I needed to find out more.

I've been excited about Sky Jumpers since before it was released, but I've continued to put it aside for other things. I came across the second book in this series on Overdrive, and I decided it was time to catch up.

The Strengths

The kids and the cliff diving completely lived up to the cover and my expectations.

Post-apocalypse. This is a middle grade post-apocalyptic. I
Meh... I found this one to be a little amateurish. I think a MG post-apocalyptic story is an interesting idea, and there was definitely plenty of action, adventure, and inventing in SKY JUMPERS to engage me. But the story just didn't. I think that's probably because the characters didn't have a lot of substance and often thought in a gratingly juvenile way---despite the gravity of their situation and the maturity of their actions. (Case in point: Hope believes that her father will not run for he ...more
Sara Diane
This post-apocalyptic for young readers was a bit too heavy handed for my taste. We have a society that only values inventions, since the explosion that caused everything to fail to work left them in a semi-pre-industral environment. The science didn't sit well with me, the obsession with inventing as the only way to make a positive contribution to the society, and then the threat that shows up demanding "all the medicine" just made me want to quit reading. So I did. The characters weren't compe ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There were so many things to love about this book; the cool world, the awesome conflict, the relatable characters, but I think my favorite part was the loving family dynamics. It is so rare to find a MG book where the kids aren't orphaned, neglected, or left to there own devices. And that all makes sense, because to have a book with great conflict kids need to find a way to solve their own problems and most good parents step in before they can :) But Peggy Eddleman found away to have awesome bel ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The title and book cover is completely misleading. Other than that; great read! Post Apocalyptic world. Bandits come to their town an she leaves to get help. strong female lead with deficiencies. Good tension, and slightly different from most dystopian reads. Instead of technology moving forward, its gotten stunted. Solid read with satisfying conclusion.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-scifi
I am giving it 5 stars because I liked it well enough to look forward to #2 and I think my students will as well. It looks and sounds like a book for boys but is written with a strong female character and plenty of suspense and action, making it appealing for all.
Christina Farley
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My 9 year old and 11 year old have both read this book and absolutely loved it. They said "it's a really fun place to jump and they recommend it a lot." Now they are begging me for the sequel! ...more
Fun sci-fi adventure. Not sure the logic holds up very well.
Jolene Perry
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AH-mazing book.
Great characters, interesting world, and fantastic writing.
BUT prepare yourselves - if your children read this, they may want to start inventing things...
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast, fun read. Thanks for the suggestion Makay!
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starts a little slow but worth the read. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

This post-apocalyptic setting is a little unusual compared to most that I've read. So many novels today set in the future after a nuclear holocaust are dystopian novels of the tremendous struggles and meager existence of deformed survivors. But this book paints a slightly brighter picture - though not all is smooth skies (or there wouldn't be any drama to the story).

Hope is a twelve-year-old living in a small town called
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Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventures SKY JUMPERS and THE FORBIDDEN FLATS (Random House). She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restauran ...more

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