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Above the Sky

(Above the Sky #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  81 reviews
For readers of The Hunger Games or Divergent who want to discover something new!


Eighteen-year-old Seven and her best friend, Ten, live where all is peaceful ... except for the violent war raging above the sky. Lifelike humanoid robots and self-operated drones tend to everyone's needs, leaving
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 6th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 9th 2015)
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Why is it that those in power cripple their youth with lies, outright and of omission? In a dystopian world where names have no meaning, stripping the inhabitants of their identity, everyone is giving a number and touching is forbidden, further isolating the youth in a time when they need to learn to socialize and communicate. Seven is a rebel and her best friend, Ten is her partner in crime, going where not allowed, seeking the unknown and sure they will be chosen as mates. When the day of choo ...more
Ginger Snaps
"Would you like to read my book?" she says. "I'll send you a copy in exchange for a review." she says. What SHE didn't say is that the moment I started reading this book, I would be late for appointments, require my kids to pry my kindle from my hand for attention, that I would be so sucked into this story that every minute I wasn't reading it, my mind was still in the story as I mindlessly completed the tasks I wasn't able to get out of. And that when I finally got time to finish the book... sh ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! I'm a huge fan of dystopian type stories, so that aspect of this book was super great, and even though dystopian is a popular story to write at this time, I still felt that this book was unique enough that I didn't feel like I have read it before. Seven is our lead for the story, and the entire book is from her point of view, she's just turning 18, and it's time for her to be assigned a job and a mate, well as long as she's not chosen to be a warrior. The warriors are sent to the surf ...more
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5 Stars!!!!!!


I was supposed to be Adulting yesterday...

I still have so many things to do since we've moved here (namely upacking the 5 billion boxes still stacked in the garage). I started this book during what was supposed to be a short break and then had to tear myself away from the book an indeterminate amount of time later when I realized that I do, in fact, have kids... AND they require feedings. Above the Sky has an Ender's Game mixed with Divergent feel to it and I couldn't
Janie Johnson
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not real sure about this books since it does have that Dystopian feel, but surprisingly I enjoy the book A LOT! I found it to be very engaging, and very fluid.


Eighteen-year-old Seven and her best friend, Ten, live where all is peaceful ... except for the violent war raging above the sky. Lifelike humanoid robots and self-operated
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review: Above the Sky by Jenny Lynne

Here is a blurb of what the book is about. It is a story about a girl named Seven and her best friend Ten. They live where all is peaceful. Except there is a war going on above the sky. There are robots and drones who takes care of everyone's needs. There are strict rules to follow and a few choices to make.
Every year on Assignment Day the path of every 18 year olds life is laid out. Some are given jobs and others are sent off to fight the war and never retur
Megan Starkweather
I started reading this with little to no knowledge of dystopian novels. So starting with a clean slate I believe Jenny did a phenomenal job. I didn't want to put it down then entire time I was reading. When I did put it down it's all I could think about. I still can't stop thinking about it. The unique aspect to it(as far as I can tell) drew me in like no others. The fact that I was feeling the emotions of the characters while reading was enchanting. So many twists and turns while answering all ...more
Lynn Hill
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a sci-fi fan but after a few pages I was interested. Fast moving and entertaining and the characters seem so real. It made one wonder if our world wouldn't someday be like this. Great writing.

I received this ARC in return for an honest review!
catherine ♡
*Thank you to the author for providing me a free pdf in exchange for an honest review!*

Actual Rating: 5

Above the Sky takes place in a dystopian world. If you just went:

just wait a minute and keep reading. The book follows eighteen-year-old Seven, who lives in a world where everything is mapped out for them, from the job they have to do to the person they are supposed to marry and grow to love. There are mundane jobs, and then there are warriors, specially chosen teenagers who go to fight in the
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I even start!!!!

This book is fantastic! If you loved Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent then this is totally up your street.

Such an incredible, original idea that kept me hooked from the beginning. I'm not into spoilers, so what I will say is that if you want to be in the position where you cannot put book down, then this is the one for you. The characters have that innocence that is so compelling in the beginning, and then everything starts to unfold and you just cant keep up.
Bookshelf Obsessions
This book was fantastic! I loved the suspense of it and longed for the Seven and Ten to live their lives the way they wanted. To be brought up one way and learn that it was not entirely true would be so confusing and devastating trying to navigate in a world you no longer know. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for the sequel!! ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read in a while

What set this book apart was the maturity to it. The characters acted their age and I appreciated that. Although it's a YA series it was relatable. I also loved how descriptive the author is. I was really sold on each new experience for the characters unlike any story is have ever read. Can't wait to read part 2.
Jaime Rodriguez
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good. The author has created a world that I want to know more about. It's not your typical dystopian. I love the romance in the middle of all the uncertainty. ...more
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Oh, I really enjoyed this. Completely gripping. Good job.
Dee/ bookworm
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read! Can't wait for the next one!! ...more
(I did receive this book as an ARC for an honest review...and I honestly loved it!)
This book was AWESOME!
It took me a long time because of the file format, and because of school. But man, this was like The Giver by Lois epic read.
Seven and Ten live in a society where jobs are assigned, and those chosen as Warriors are forced to go off to The War, a never-ending battle where people go to fight and never come back. Seven finds out her twin, Six, has been picked to go, along with h
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things I loved about this book. It only took a few pages of reading to realize there was something very special about this story. First off, it is so well written, this author has an amazing ability to evoke a lot of emotion without dressing up every scene with an outpour of descriptive words. I love when books are written that way. Secondly, this is a phenomenal story! It's different from anything I've ever read before and it kept me guessing page after page. I felt drawn into ...more
Britnee Weir
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I also received this book through PDF as an honest review, and I'm not usually one for reading online books but this one was completely different! It was engaging from the very beginning and I was hooked.

I'll start off by saying I love the concept of naming people by numbers instead of names. This is a creative idea, especially as you are named depending on what order you were born. In this case, the novel centres around Two Thousand and Seven (aka Seven) and her struggles to fit into her socie
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 4.75

Thank you, Jenny Lynne for the opportunity to read your book. This was a fantastic read. I love dystopians, and this book did not disappoint. I thought the fast paced story was well-written and flowed fantastically. I loved the characters, especially Seven and Ten. I loved the forbidden romance. I do not think I can wait till I am matched to touch someone. I thought it made the story more believable because
Amanda  B Gillespie
This is an amazing read. It is fast paced without a lull in the storyline. Most stories seem predictable at some point but this one surprised me. At only 1 single point was I able to say, yep I see what's going to happen next. Yeah, right. ..I was totally wrong.
Seven and Ten's love story is so sweet and innocent and full of the love that most can only wish for. I can't wait to see how their story develops.
Leah Wheeler
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally! Another great series to add to my Favorites.

I'm always on the lookout for books that are as well-written and interesting as The Hunger Games or Divergent series and after reading this, I'm adding Above The Sky to the roster. Great characters, awesome world building and fast paced action have me going back right now for book two!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This post-apocalyptic, young adult, science fiction is a page turner from start to finish!

Similar to The Giver in the beginning and things just get more and more interesting. A book that I didn't immediately guess what would happen.

Highly recommend!
Ashley Brandt
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from page one! This book offers everything from action to romance with twists that keep you guessing. If you enjoyed the Divergent Series you will definitely enjoy this! A must-read.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have so much love for this book, I can't even begin to describe it. I desperately need the sequel. ...more
Michelle Jenkins
Interesting story. Twists and turns.
Laura Witte
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would absolutely give Above the Sky 5 stars! It grabs you right away and never lets go. This dystopian world, where people are given numbers rather than names, is full of unexpected realities. Once a year, the 18-year-olds are assigned to either a career to help the world they live in, and a partner to go with, or they are designated as Warriors, headed off to never be seen again. Every chapter seems to take a new twist. Danger lies in unexpected places. Suspenseful and well-written, I give th ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been in my TBR pile for three years. I have had a paperback on my shelf almost as long. Don't know why it took so long from me to read it.

I really liked this book. I have read tons of YA dystopian books. It's one of my favorite genres. So it takes something to amaze me. But this book was different, good different. This book is set in interesting world.

Now I need to find the next book of the series. Can't wait to read what happens next. #suckerforHEA
Jacklyn (ReadingBliss)
I wasn’t sure what this was about or where it was going (because it wanted to surprise me) at times, but I was pleasantly surprised and really liked it. I feel it’s really good but at times, I feel like it’s JUST good enough too. Hard to articulate it better because I’m not sure how to describe my feelings- I should get a translator. Anyways, I would recommend. I read it with KindleUnlimited, so I’m not sure if it has a hard copy available.
Christy Griffin
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I didn't think I would like this book but as it turns out I loved it. ...more
Beautiful...Can't wait to read the next book!!! ...more
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