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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A mystery about the history of the Cold War and the UFO phenomenon..

The year is 1952. The threat of invasion from the Soviet Union has people in a panic. The government has issued a call to civilians to act as radar--and Teddy, John, Caroline, Eleanor, Bunny, Frank, and Oscar eagerly answer. As members of their high school's "Operation Skywatch" club, they, along with othe
Published August 18th 2020 by Philomel Books
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Peyton Reads
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely addicting! I stayed up super late two nights in a row because I literally couldn't put the book down. I was originally interested in this book because it was compared to Stranger Things, which is one of my favorite TV shows. I definitely see similar vibes between the show and this book. When I first started the novel, I wasn't positive if I was going to like it because it had a unique writing style using third person omniscient POV. We get to see into the minds of every ...more
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Skywatchers was so fascinating! I wasn't fully sure what to expect coming into this book but I ended up really enjoying it. It was so interesting to read a YA novel set in the era of the Cold War and the UFO phenomenon.
I loved the plot twists and the gang of characters were so likable. I could fully see the Stranger Things vibes through the perfect mix of mystery and science fiction in a historical setting.
I was so into the story that I couldn't put this book down. I definitely stayed up way to
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to Penguin Teen for a Netgalley ARC to review!

This book is set during the Cold War, and follows a group of high school students who join a Skywatchers club. Their job is to watch the sky for signs of Russian missiles, but they never imagined they would become entangled with a UFO mystery instead. This book is a historical fiction, as well as a sci-fi.

Unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I loved the idea of a historical fiction, and I loved the idea of a UFO story set during this time
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes syfy- or even if you’re not sure if you like syfy, try it and you might be a convert! The characters are engaging, it has a fun fifties vibe and the plot twists will keep you guessing for a good while. A great read!
Sara Hill
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skywatchers by Carrie Arcos combines science fiction, historical fiction, time travel, mystery, suspense, and a bit of mythology that throws you into the galaxy!

The story features several different and unique teenagers. While they don’t normally all get along, they all gather at night to watch the sky as part of the Skywatchers Club. From there you learn a little about Cold War era history and culture through the lenses of each character. I was anxious to know the whole time what happened, and A
Amanda TheFunSizeReader
Skywatchers is a fun YA sci-fi mystery that definitely keeps you wondering, “What the heck is going on?”

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It is the 1950’s, just after WWII, and high school kids interested in space and air travel are recruited to be Skywatchers, and make sure to warn the nearby military base if any threats are coming. But when 4 of them go missing, and show up later with no memory of the last few days, they have to figure out what happened to them. Was the ship they
Sep 06, 2020 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book looked as if it might get interesting if I could ever get to the SF part (if there is one.) It's supposedly about a strange green light in the sky investigated by some high school students as part of the west coast skywatch in the early days of the cold war. But at 10%, the only plot points were discussion of class distinctions between high school students in 1952 and the way Japanese-Americans were treated during WWII and continuing. Bored now.

The writing is well done, but I felt the
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This felt like two different books to me. The first half was terrific! Tense, well paced, and compelling. The characters were interesting and the 1950's setting was well done. But somewhere at the 3/4 point the story lost its way. Arcos started to tell the reader what was happening instead of showing us and the pace faltered. A lot of information had to be imparted and it impeded the narrative and the intrigue was lost.

I finished the book but it lost the compelling appeal to me. This is too bad
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I was granted ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***

Skywatchers by Carrie Arcos is a story about a group of teenagers that encounter something strange in the sky one night while participating in the Skywatchers program which in the midst of the Cold War was a way civilians kept an eye on the sky for Russian threats. Investigating the strange lights 4 of the group disappear and when only 3 of them return with no memory of what happened to them questions abound. The story then follows
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need this book to get more buzz! This was such a great book. I had so much fun reading it. I loved the characters, the setting, and the story itself. This book was hard to put down and I can see this book being adapted for a TV series. It was quite the page-turner.
Samantha  (Samsara Parchment)
I still struggled with how to talk about this one.

But I finally came to a conclusion about what my real issue was here, and the answer might surprise you.

But first and foremost—the preliminaries. Thank you very much again to Penguin Teen for sending me the eARC of this book. I appreciate it, as always.

The basics: Skywatchers is a YA novel by Carrie Arcos about a group of teens living on the West Coast in the year 1952, at the height of Cold War tensions. The teens are a part of a group mobilized
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to review. I loved it... until the ending. Carrie weaved a fabulous terrifying tale up until the end. The ending felt rushed and a little random. A lot of it just didn't make sense to me. It seemed all over the place. She's a fantastic writer though and the story is great. I just wish there would have been a better ending.
Skywatchers blends history with mystery and science fiction. Such a combination should have plenty to interest readers. While the story has much to offer, it attempts to take on too many themes and ideas that impact the pacing, leaving the reader with a story that feels unbalanced.

The book starts out strong. Acros does fine job of weaving fiction with history, providing readers necessary context without having the story feel like an imposed history lesson. With the McCarren-Walter Act, the Grou
Sophie T
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley from the publisher*

In post-WWII America, a number of teenagers join the Skywatchers, a group created by the military that uses American citizens as the first line of defense against enemy aircraft by having them watch the skies. These teens include Caroline, a smart girl who is still grieving the loss of her younger brother; Teddy, who wants to be in the Air Force; John, a Japanese-American baseball player; and Bunny, who recently moved to the to
Lisa McCarthy
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
Huge thank you to the Penguin Teen Influencer program, Philomel Books, and Netgalley for providing this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

Prior to receiving the Penguin Teen influencer Fall 2020 ARC email I had not heard about Skywatchers by Carrie Arcos. The cover immediately caught my eye so I had to check the book out. I was super intrigued by the plot.

Skywatchers tells the thrilling story of a group of teens in the 1950’s who are a part of the “Operation Skywatch” club. Their job is to w
Haley |  mythoughtsareabook
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is a future re-read!

Science fiction is something I have been reading more and more lately and "Skywatchers" by Carrie Arcos is just what I needed right now! This novel has the feel of Stranger Things, Super 8, and a smidge of Star Trek. The four main characters Caroline, John, Bunny, and Teddy are so well written! I loved all the banter between the four of them. All four teenagers are very different, but it is a sort of "Breakfast Club" scenario where it all ends up working out perfectl
Skywatchers by Carrie Arcos was pitched as historical sci fi perfect for fans of Stranger Things and I was immediately intrigued. Set in California in the summer of 1952, it follows a group of students in a volunteer school program known as Operation Skywatch. The Skywatchers meet every week and watch the skies for Russian bomber planes and call in anything that they see. One night, they spot a strange green light that they follow into the woods. A couple of days later they come stumbling out on ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Skywatchers was an unexpected book, and I completely enjoyed it. At first, it seemed like a period piece about life in the 1950s; times were simpler and the greatest threat came from a feared Russian Invasion during the Cold War era. The Skywatchers did their patriotic duty by watching the nighttime sky for Russian invaders.

As it turns out, Russian spies weren't the greatest threat facing the United States. One night, a group of teens is watching for enemy airplanes. It's a slow evening and thre
Reading Robyn
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y’all... this book!! As an avid fan of Stranger Things I KNEW I had to have this book when it was suggested for people who enjoy that show. They were not wrong. While this book starts out slow, it is well written and you learn a lot about the characters in the beginning. I was on the edge of my seat (figuratively not literally) while reading this because I knew there was going to be some aliens or something from another dimension coming. The reader is kept in the dark for most of the book but th ...more
I had received this book as an ARC and didn't know much about it when I began to read. It takes place in 1952 when Americans expected bombs from Russia to be deployed at any time, and people have volunteered to be Skywatchers, the first line of defense against an attack. Seven teens sit in a forest ranger tower in the woods, watching the skies. One night they see strange lights in the sky that land near them, and when four go to investigate, they disappear. Here is where the story switches from ...more
Aliyah Prater (
Unputdownable! I loved the story, I got very invested into the characters in a way I never expected to. The author wove science in with fiction in such a beautifully original way. I want more!! I can’t wait to buy a physical copy when it hits shelves in August!

** thank you to Penguin Teen & the author for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review**
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition coming to

Can't wait for the movie coming.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, read-on-ebook
was missing a lot
Aug 01, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
(started on July 31st)
Beckie Wendorf
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part 1 was absolutely stunning, part 2 sucked only a little bit
Ellie Williams
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What did I just read? SKYWATCHERS is a totally unique book – what I ended up reading was so far from what I thought this book was going to be, but in the absolute best way.

This is very much a retro sci-fi story, so Stranger Things comparisons are apt, although this is set in the early Cold War era. There is a ton of exposition in the first few chapters, but stick with it. After a shocking death, the rest of the book takes off and you will be completely engrossed until the end.

It’s incredi
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Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT OF REACH; her fifth novel SKYWATCHERS will be available August 2020. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more information, check out her website:

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