Wed, June 18, 2014

Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor Review

Searching for Sky book cover

Searching for Sky book cover

Searching for Sky
By Jillian Cantor
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

Sky and River have always lived on Island, the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

— Goodreads.com description

I heard someone else call this book “reverse dystopian,” which I love. After spending her life on a deserted island, Sky only knows survival and isolation. Her rescue turns into a real struggle as she tries to connect with other people and enter modern life for the first time.

I’m so used to reading about modern girls forced to survive that I loved what a fresh, interesting twist this offered!

It was heartbreaking to watch Sky reintegrate into the modern world, and really intriguing to see how well Jillian Cantor called out all the small things we take for granted but would be completely foreign to someone who grew up in seclusion.

So, concept = great. Execution…I’m a little iffy on. I was sucked into this book immediately, but it took a bit of a dramatic turn toward the ending that was a little too soap-y for my tastes.

Still, glad I gave it a go for the thoughts it provoked. Has anyone else read this one? Did you have the same plot issues as me?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Jessica said:

    This book sounds pretty interesting! Like you said I’m so used to modern people being forced to survive and it would be interesting if it was flipped around! Great review!

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    Anna Reply:

    Thanks, Jessica! That’s exactly what I ended up liking best: how the main character didn’t know about basic things like…stairs, for example! It definitely made me think!

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  2. Kyle said:

    I have a copy of this and haven’t gotten to it yet. It sounds really interesting but I was worried it might get cheesy…and it sounds like it did! I’m still hoping to get to it this summer!

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    Anna Reply:

    Report back if you read it!

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  3. Zoe said:

    I really liked the book and the “reverse dystopian” concept but I thought that there should have been more of a explanation of her mother and the cult that she was a part of

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  4. Anna said:

    Hm… I haven’t heard about this one yet. I loved Cantor’s debut book, so no doubt I will be reading this. The concept does sound really interesting! Great review, thanks!

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