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In many ways the book disappointed - as a first book in a series the end was very disappointing, as a stand alone it was even worse. The story contained very interesting concepts and a different suggestion about the future. The weakness was in the underlying aspect of bullying driving the plot along with weak adult characters, who were not fully developed, were not the main characters but actually drove the direction of the plot. Secondly it would appear that the plot to be revealed is a temporal based story . . . the trouble with any temporal story is the handling of the temporal paradoxes which result. I'm not convinced the author is capable of resolving these problems in the future books.
Although I wouldn't mind reading future books in the series, I'm not convinced I will spend the money to do so
The immediate opening of The Boy Who Fell Into the Sky is full of catchups, aka backstory. The reader is inundated with current technology and sci-fi knowledge of how space travel works. The author spends a lot of his first few pages defining all the new aspects of technology, which intrudes into the developing story and drags out the explanations that most readers of young adult will skip over entirely for the good stuff: the story and the action.
I was intrigued by synthpaste, the concept of every food (flavor) from one tube. I was also quite intrigued when Jeff and his friends subverted this concept of fake food by growing a garden (illegally), but the author didn't take this action anywhere. The gardens were a plot dead end and only showed the reader that Jeff was a nice guy and took care of his friends, which he continues to do throughout book, rendering the entire first part of the book unnecessary.
About a third of the way into the book, the author threw in a grand plot twist, giving the reader an "oh no!"moment.
I cringed when I came to this line: "Did it ever occur to you that girls like to do different things than guys?" First the author makes the one girl fit in as one of the guys, calling her Harry and then we find out she never wanted to be called by that name. Then the author gives her such a weak personality that is so stereotypically girly that I wanted to tear the pages out. The other females introduced later are no better and none would pass the infamous Bechdel test (a work of fiction featuring at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man). Granted, the female characters are not that bad, but when Harriet tells Jeff and the guys that she wants to be treated as a GIRL because she is a GIRL, I take offense as a GIRL. Surely this novel was not just written to be read by young male readers?
Supposedly these three friends are approximately 14-years old. To me, their behavior and speech pegs them at a middle-school age, not at a high-school age. Their inappropriate behavior and near tantrums give the impression that they are younger and that the novel is intended for a younger audience.
The stylistic choice for capturing Jeff's thoughts became annoying and intrusive to read. I understand the novel was written in third person from the point of view of Jeff (most of the time), but to tell the reader "Jeff thought" every time Jeff has internal dialogue was repetitive and annoying. I wish the author had thought to place Jeff's inner-thoughts in italics or did away with them altogether. Were all of them truly necessary? Probably not.
I did really enjoy the concept of referencing others by Sirsen and Mamsen for Sir and Miss/Mrs./Ms. respectively.
One of the biggest issues in this novel was the pointlessness of the first part of the book. What is the essence of the story if not about Jeff's great problem in space and the first part was a buildup to nowhere with Jeff and his three friends. Understanding that this book is a part of a series might come into play later on in the series, but looking at this novel as a unit in and of itself, it come up lacking in this regard.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a non-reciprocal review.
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There was no slow start or long explanations of the characters needed. Spencer very skillfully hooked me within a few pages and I have now given in to my new addiction and I am currently deep into book 2.
I encourage you to purchase The Boy Who Fell into the Sky and to give Chad Spencer's works a read.