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The Forbidden Flats

(Sky Jumpers #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Twelve-year-old Hope has always felt a little different from everyone else who lives in White Rock. She tries hard, but she doesn’t always think before she acts. She takes big risks. Sometimes her risks pay off, but sometimes they fail. Sometimes she fails.

Hope knows that the most dangerous thing about living in White Rock is that it’s so close to the deadly Bomb’s Breath
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
I had a great time reading Sky Jumpers so I went straight into reading The Forbidden Flats.

This was a great followup. The Bomb's Breath - the deadly air that the kids were cliff diving into in Sky Jumpers - is now lowering over their town. The kids have to figure out how to stop it. It's a brilliant premise.

I didn't love The Forbidden Flats as much as Sky Jumpers, but I had a great time with this series.

3.5 stars
Rosalyn Eves
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peggy Eddleman does a terrific job of making her middle-grade world come alive in her Sky Jumpers books. In The Forbidden Flats, Hope and her friends are again called on to do what they do best: save their families and friends from danger by taking calculated risks. In this sequel to Sky Jumpers, after a massive earthquake upsets the chemical balance in White Rock, the deadly band of gas known as "bomb's breath" begins to lower. Calculations reveal that the gas will be low enough to make White R ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever read an awesome first book in a series and then you get to the second one, finish it, and then you're like, "meh, that was a letdown"? SO not the case with "The Forbidden Flats." "Sky Jumpers" set a high bar for the sequel to live up to, but book 2 did not disappoint!

At the very beginning of the book, there is a massive earthquake in and around the town of White Rock. Besides damaging buildings and causing a lot of injuries, the earthquake exposes underground minerals that begin releasing g
Skyler Ainscough
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. Yingling
In this sequel to Sky Jumpers, Hopes community of White Rock is hit by an earthquake. The damage to the buildings is bad enough, but the real danger lies in the fact that the Bomb's Breath, a fifteen foot wall of deadly gas, is lowering dangerously and will affect the community very soon. Local scientists decide that this can be reversed if they introduce seforium into the atmosphere, but the closest place this can be found is 500 miles away across the Forbidden Flats, in the Rocky Mountains. Wi ...more
Max Saky
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although not as good as the first book, It still made me enjoy books. The plot was good and the story line was better than the first. This makes you wonder what could happen next? every time It goes in there favor. the antagonist in the book are the bandits. they steal and hunt for the supplies they need. This brings up many problems and that is what the book is about.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting sequel! I really enjoyed the character development. Great adventure for these great kids. And it would definitely be fun to sky jump or sky surf.
C.R. Stewart
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy to rejoin these kids in their terrifying world that they simply accept as normal! Good stuff!
Jennifer McLendon
Great sequel, great story. I would love to read more stories set in this world!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tweens, fiction
I usually don’t have many good things to say about the second book in a dystopian action trilogy, but Peggy Eddleman’s Sky Jumpers: The Forbidden Flats is an exception to my (highly prejudiced) rule. In this book, the bomb’s breath that threatens White Rock is descending, and Hope, Brock, and Aaren leave their home in Kansas to travel to the Rocky Mountains in an effort to find an antidote to the poison that will soon overtake them. The book has plenty of action and adventure, but my favorite pa ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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In the first book, Sky Jumpers, readers are introduced to Hope, Aaren, and Brock. Three kids who risked their lives to save their community of White Rock. Bandits had come, threatened everyone, threatened to steal the drugs that keep them safe from a deadly plague. Against all odds, these three manage it all. They take risks. They take chances. They face the elements. They cling to hope. They think of the people they love whom they are trying to save. It's an intriguing, dramatic read.

In the se
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peggy Eddleman returns to her captivating middle-grade Sky Jumpers series with the equally thrilling, The Forbidden Flats!

A few months after the dangerous events in Sky Jumpers, twelve year old Hope’s beloved home of White Rock is once again in danger. After a huge earthquake rocks her crater town, the Bomb’s Breath (the deadly 15 foot pocket of air above the crater) begins to rapidly lower. The only way to stop the Bomb’s Breath lies 500 miles away in the Rocky Mountains. Once again Hope and he
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
Sky Jumpers: The Forbidden Flats, a Whitney Award finalist this year in the middle grade category, is a worthy sequel to the initial Sky Jumpers novel, a Whitney Award finalist last year.

A massive earthquake has shifted the geological formations around White Rock, releasing a gas that, though not toxic in itself, bonds to the deadly Bomb's Breath - the residual from the green bombs that destroyed the world in the war. The band of poisonous gas starts dropping, just a few inches a day at first bu
Katherine Yost
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!!!! Its about a girl named Hope who lives in White Rock(this book takes place after WWIII) She likes to jump through the bombs breath(a deadly after gas of the bombs from the war and if you take one breath of it then you die) with her friends Brock and Aeren. Hope and her friends are out collecting plants that can be turned into medicine when a giant earthquake happens!!! Everyone is o.k., but Hope finds out something even worse. The bombs breath is lowering, and heading strai ...more
Lucy Thorneycroft
The sequel to sky jumpers written by Peggy Edddleman. This book follows the story of Hope. A 12 year old girl from White Rock. She's brave and loves to jump in the Bombs Breath, a collection of compressed air, that kills within a breath. After the Bombs Breath starts to lower over her town, threatening their existence, she and her friends brave the Forbidden Flats to find the cure.

This book is very original with lots of creative science mixed in with the plot. This is great for the younger read
Becky B
A huge earthquake hits White Rock, causing a rupture in the earth and the release of a gas that causes the Bomb's Breath to start sinking. The good news is that there is a way to fix the problem, the bad news is that the mineral required can only be found 500 miles away. A small group from White Rock sets out on a race against the sinking gases of the Bomb's Breath. Can they survive the perilous journey, dangers of bandits and suspicious villages, and make it back in time?

This is a nice adventur
Clare Rossetter
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sequel for Sky Jumpers as it continued the story of Hope and her friends as they once again set out to save their town from disaster. It does lack some of the depth of the first one and the characters seem more flat. I am not sure why this is, I reread it to try and figure this out. In the first book it is more about the struggles Hope has with being unable to invent and how she accepts those skills she does have. In this book she does begin to realize the path she wants to go on as she bec ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
White Rock is in trouble once more, Hope and her town must find a way to save the them all.

Peggy Eddleman triumphs again with this enjoyable sequel. I found myself reading and reading, and suddenly I was half way through. Forbidden Flats reads fast, and just like the first one, has lots of action and heart. This time Hope finds herself on a journey to save her town once again. They are accompanied by a stranger, who seems familiar to Hope, but she can't place it. Hope is my hero. This girl is am
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is definitely the second book in the Sky Jumpers series. Not quite a stand alone, this continues the narrative about Hope and her community forging a life in a post-apocalyptic era. The first book was a fast paced adventure, this story is more thoughtful -- adding characters and giving more of a back story about what happened in the past and how it can be fixed. I especially appreciated learning more about Hope's background. Even though it seemed a bit too random that Luke would just appear ...more
So my boy wanted to read the sequel, I love reading books with him so we can talk about them. Not bad but we have read so many that are better.

Overall it was a decent story and it had great values touted throughout. I just struggle with the concept of a 12 year old doing the things that she does in this book. I know keep dos are resilient and normally can do more than you would think, but riding a horse hundreds of miles across plains to save a village? There were so many adults in the village a
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope and her friends set off on a quest to save their isolated settlement from the danger of the quickly lowering bomb’s breath – a layer of compressed air that formed after several bombs were dropped on earth. In this second volume of the series, Edddlemen introduces new settlements that cope with the bomb’s breath and its destabilizing effect on electronics and society in their own ways. Hope explores both the world around her and her own family history as they work to find a way to stop the b ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun sequel to Sky Jumpers. I enjoyed reading about Hope and her friends going on another White Rock saving adventure. One problem I had with it was the pacing: Eddleman seemed to spend a lot of time on what seemed to be a background problem and not as much on the problem that the book was focusing on and the resolution was much too short and anti-climactic. I did enjoy the story, though, and maybe the secondary problem is a build up to the next book.
Melanie Jacobson
I think I liked this even better than the first one. While it's a story constantly on the go, I felt there were a few more quiet moments of character development I really appreciated, and this plot left behind the little sister that served to complicate things in the first book, so I appreciated that. The conflicts largely depended on things outside of their control, not characters being frustrating, and that gets a pick thumbs up from me.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this second story of the Sky Jumpers series, although I think I liked the first one a little better. I found a few parts to not hold my interest so much, but I did think the author did a good job of making the circumstances of the story seem fairly realistic. (view spoiler) A great middle-grade dystopian story!
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More action and adventure and some chemistry and geology fill this second book in the series. Once again, it is up to 12 year old Hope and her friends to brave the Bomb's Breath to save their town. When an earthquake releases gasses into the atmosphere, the deadly Bomb's Breath begins to lower over their town of White Rock and if they can't get a cure and bring it back in time, the town will become uninhabitable. Awesome story!
Christina Parks
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peggy did it again -- 2nd books can be so hard, and not live up to the brilliance of the first, and while this is definitely a 2nd book in that it needs to be read after the first, it is every bit as spectacular as the first. I loved revisiting Hope and her friends.

Oh, and I love love love that Hope has supporting parents. Both alive and well and full of faith in the ability of their very brave daughter.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I am going to give this 4 stars, not because it was an amazing 4 star book for me, but I think any child who likes adventurous books would love this series. The world is a dangerous place, the cloud that kills all living things is getting lower and a bunch of kids have to save the entire town, again. You get horseback riding and exploring different cities and flying through the sky. No language, no sex, very little violence.
Amy Rachuba
As a follow-up to Sky Jumpers, it was a good post-apocalyptic novel, with clear indications of plot lines leading to another book. Not as fast-paced as the first novel, but a lot more background on the main character. Overall, enjoyable read. ...more
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic addition to the Sky Jumpers series. Hope and her friends are once again faced with life threatening challenges that push them to the very limits. I love how they grow and change and learn throughout the story. The science, new discoveries, and exploration make for a fun and exciting adventure. Definitely not something you want to miss out on. Can't wait for more!
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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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