Expected Publication is September 24, 2013 by Random House Books For Young Readers|Expected Number Of Pages: 176
Series: Sky Jumpers #1
Genre: Middle Grade Post-Apocalyptic
Sky Jumpers is an e-ARC from netgalley.com, which has not influenced my review in any way
Goodreads Summary: 12 year old Hope lives in White Rock, a town struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. The bombs destroyed almost everything that came before, so the skill that matters most in White Rock—sometimes it feels like the only thing that matters—is the ability to invent so that the world can regain some of what it’s lost.
But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath— the deadly band of air that covers the crater the town lives in— than fail at yet another invention.
When bandits discover that White Rock has invented priceless antibiotics, they invade. The town must choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from disease in the coming months or to die fighting the bandits now. Hope and her friends, Aaren and Brock, might be the only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s Breath and make the dangerous trek over the snow-covered mountain to get help. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them all.
One really cool thing about Sky Jumpers is that it’s a middle grade post-apocalyptic story! I don’t read a lot of middle grade, and this is the first post-apocalyptic one I’ve come across, so I knew I would have to read it!
The whole of green bombs and Bomb’s Breath was really interesting, and it’s definitely different. I also liked seeing how inventing is really important to White Rock, and how Browning, a nearby town, has a completely different focus.
I really liked Hope and how adventurous she was. She was also willing to take a risk that no one else wanted or could take. I felt for her, because she felt like a failure for not being good at inventing like everyone else in town. But the one thing I LOVED about Sky Jumpers was how it took Hope going to a neighboring town for help for them (and more importantly, Hope) to realize that while inventing is important, people have other, great qualities, and that there are many ways to contribute.
Sky Jumpers is definitely world that is totally possible, even if it is a slightly scary future. The idea that inventing is so important because a lot of technology has failed since World War III is a really cool idea, and I think it’s something that could draw in some kids. Also: Bomb’s Breath changing the properties of the antiobiotics…I liked that it was discovered on accident, and it’s another really cool/interesting idea.
The book, which is the first in the series, is a pretty complete story, and could work so very well as a stand-alone. At the same time, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Hope and her friends.
I really liked Sky Jumpers! It’s a great middle grade book, and you can’t help but get pulled into this world and root for Hope and her friends. Sky Jumpers gets 4 stars.