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It reminded me of the early Percy Jackson books - three kids on a 'road trip' - meeting helpers, coming across hurdles, as they move towards a major threat. The secondary characters (e.g. adults) are also similar, in that they are probably responsible for what has happened but are unwilling or unable to assist. There is a deliberate gap between what the adults know and what the kids know - this imbalance of power leads to a bit of conflict and eventually the kids grow to meet the challenges (despite the adults).
Olsen's background in aeronautics and sea diving clearly come through the story too and he uses them to great effect with Breeze. The flying scenes are really well crafted and give the reader a sense of freedom as well as a sense of being on the edge of control (seriously, Breeze needs practice!). His underwater scenes on the mysterious island allow Olson to change the pace of the story, as well as introduce the important character of Nina, who truly is in her element under the water. Breeze's father trained him in aeronautics and mechanics, in a way similar to Anthony Horrowitz's Alex Rider - both of them knowing what the future held in store. I liked the way both characters are prepared for their adventures rather than just have them magically capable of taking on such major threats.
There's some epic storytelling in this book. Olson touches on great tragedy with Bram and Kera, Oslo and Nina. The exact relationships I'll leave unspoilered, but they are pretty amazing. There's some funny dialogue in there too: "Odd how those ladies are always able to slip past your defenses." (after Nina and Sally manage to get past Breeze's 'force field' at different times. There's also good teenage banter - "Go ask Ray, he figured it out. Oh, wait, he's gone. Guess you can't."
There were a couple of things which pulled me out of my absolute love for this book, but, really, they're subjective things which might not worry other readers. I enjoyed the progress of the three main characters (Breeze, Ray and Sally) from the early parts of the story where they're anxious about their situation to the later parts where they really step up and take on their birthrights. However, I thought that the switch from their story to the previous generation of heroes took away a bit of momentum. The older characters do have interesting stories, but I thought they would have been better explored in their own books. Breeze and the other new generation needed more of the limelight.
I wasn't 100% sold on Achilles. A few things didn't ring true for me, but because he's a (spoiler: robot) I guess it's possible his personality and demeanor would work the way they did. I found his voice fluctuated too much - very formal and distant one moment and then very colloquial - he even chuckles! On the other hand, characters like Raza are rendered very well, mixing menace with maternal - she's a powerful but steady force in the book.
The other thing which came up towards the end was a bit too much 'telling' instead of 'showing' (an example that comes to mind is (spoiler: when Bram attempts to gain access to the scout ship but finds his way blocked. It misses some great opportunities for internal characterization and frustration!). Lots of action unfolded, which was stellar, but I felt the writing became a bit too generalized and glossed over some of the things that were happening. This only really happened towards the end, and I wouldn't have noticed if not for the very serious attention to detail in the beginning as Breeze's situation unfolds in Conception.
I think the overall impression I got with Sky Shatter is that it's a great beginning to a series. The world building is very good, although not always pushed on to the reader. I like some subtlety and opportunity to fill in the blanks. The post-apocalyptic feel of the story is very clear in the beginning with Breeze's home town. I got a clear sense of a desert place, kind of like Tattooine, but mixed with some sense of The Rocketeer or even some Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome!
If you're a fan of superhero fiction then you should really give this book a shot.
I'll give a more detailed review later of my impressions. So my ratings may change. Or stay.
For now. I will rate it a 5 to compensate for the hackless noob who rated it a 3.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I also don't care enough to tag spoilers, so there's that warning
My god, what a mess. The idea is great. A bunch of paranormals in a dystopian-like future trying to figure out their powers only to be pulled into a war they must fight in order to save the world. Alright, I can be happy with that. What I can't be happy with, is the poorly thought out characters and the mishmash of "plot". To be quite honest, I'm not sure what was accomplished in those nearly 600 pages. Very little was explained. I get this is a series (one I will not be continuing) but you have to give us something. Not just anything, but something that makes sense.
Let me start off with the characters. Sally, in particular. She's not our hero, but she's the one I have the most problems with. For one, her constant whining, crying, and fainting. She has two boys swooning over her and she never chooses one, but instead hops back and forth to whomever is more convenient at the time. All of those cliches of girls in hero books? Pretty sure she fits them all. Intense moment? She starts crying over how she misses her parents. Okay, I get it. She's suddenly shoved into this world that doesn't make sense to her (because Oslo won't explain ANYTHING, but I'll get to that later) and she keeps getting attacked and she finds her home is now a smoking crater in the ground, her parents might be dead, but no one knows because they can't get in contact with them. Okay. Yeah, she's been through a lot. But please stop whining. The others have gone through the same thing, and you don't see them bursting into tears at random times. So why does Sally? My guess, is because she's the girl. The boys remark on countless occasions how she is a "typical woman". Always able to find the bathroom. Focused on her appearance. They make jokes about her cooking for them. Yes. They make a "you should be in the kitchen" joke, although it is a subtle one. Breeze jokingly remarks how Sally should be cooking for them, and Sally gets pissed about it, which is the right reaction, but she then just laughs it off. At that point, there was just so much angering me with this book that I didn't look past it. Oh, then there's the part when they get the junk ship to fly out west. The boys are out chatting away and they hear Sally scream. Thinking she got hurt or something, they rush to her rescue. Only to find her crying over the disgusting state of the bathroom and insisting she won't leave until it is cleaned. She then locks herself in a room on the ship until the boys finish cleaning it. We later find out she brought in nice looking hand towels to add a "woman's touch" to the bathroom. Do you see why this pisses me off? Oh, and we can't forget the fainting. I should have counted the number of times everyone fainted. Breeze blacked out maybe three times, most due to him falling out of the sky at high velocity. Ray passed out a couple of times because he was beaten so badly. Sally? She fainted at least five times, most of which were due to something she saw. Such as a strange man in the basement. The only reason she fainted that I can think of where it was actually a reasonable reaction was when she was beaten so badly in her astral form she was shoved back into her body. Naturally, all this fainting made for a reason one of the boys could swoop in and rescue her. She, like the rest of this book, had so much potential. It's sad to see all that go to waste on poor character development.
Three teenagers must save the world from a force that has placed Earth in a state of technological ruin. This is the standard "heroes must save the world story" however, it does it wonderfully.
I found myself unable to put the book down. Mr. Olson does a great job developing the characters and story line. Clearly the main character is Breeze, I think a lot of time went into evolving him into the person he is at the end of the story. Don't get me wrong, the other two teenagers, Ray and Sally, both were unique in their own way but were more supporting roles.
Towards the end of the book, I found myself with loads of questions that were not answered and remembered this is a series and obviously not everything can be given away. I have a hunch on a couple things but I'm sure Mr. Olson will throw in some surprises I won't be able to anticipate.
Overall, it was a great book with compelling characters that has started out the series wonderfully. I am looking forward the next installment and will be recommending it to many.