Earth & Sky is the first in a trilogy, that takes place from the view of Skylar, a teenager who had a brother named Noam who ran away from home and disappeared twelve years ago. Her anxiety and mystery over losing him at such a young age has given her sensitivity where sometimes, something feels wrong. There's wrongness around it. What she does is multiply by 3 with the help of this bead bracelet Noam gave her so long ago. Then one day, there is an explosion at the local courthouse right when her class is taking a field trip there, and everyone perishes. But the next thing you know...it didn't happen. Everyone's alright. Skylar freaks out but finds a way to correct herself, but her reaction sparks the interest of a teen outside the group. The next thing you know, Skylar is attacked by a strange woman with a gun that numbs body parts as if they're cut off, and she has to do a mission with a Traveler, a mission to break a routine that has lasted thousands of years against a group called The Enforcers.
The books this reminded me of were Ruby Red and Laughing Wolf. Ruby Red was amazing up until its so-so two sequels, and Laughing Wolf was a decent surprise, both of which were sparking with adventure and interesting science fiction about time and space, but I think Earth & Sky does a better job of getting straight to the point. And honestly, I think that if this book was in the usual font size of books I read, it would actually be about four-hundred pages, not three-hundred. That could be one reason it took me a while to finish. Or maybe because there were a lot of pages that left me feeling like that was enough for now, and I don't mean that in a bad way. There have been books I've read faster and enjoyed less, both reasons because I was waiting for the payoff. This book is strictly an adventure book, and it surprised me how well it fits the bill here. Considering how I picked up this book pretty much at random, I was also surprised by the intriguing conflict about supposedly doing what's right and doing your passion. There are things I've lost in life that I would be willing to give something up for in order to reunite with. If a friend was in the same circumstance, would you feel less sympathy? Megan Crewe also has a superb sense of history, showing off her ability to make certain mysteries and irrelevant-to-the-present stories neat without getting in the way. Something that also surprised and delighted me was that there was no love triangle, and the chapters almost never leave with a "He kissed me" or "What do I think of him?" In a story like this, those sort of cliffhangers would be shrill and snarky. And my favourite part was how the book never delays from Skylar's personal goal, which I cared about more than Win's main goal because Skylar was the narrator. The opportunity doesn't really pass by yet still leaves room for more in the future (which I really hope Megan Crewe goes back to), a tactic very hard to do well, because there's usually too much dismissiveness or delays. I also started to seriously care about Skylar's story and goal and thank goodness the book doesn't shy away from that plot point.
Here are a few cons, though. When Skylar gets mad at Win, I think she gets a little too overprotective for the sense this book created. The anger she gives feels out of place and therefore forced. There is also a scene when Win prevents her from reaching a character she cares about. I understood what Win was doing, but considering the dramatic turnabout, I kept expecting Skylar to be mad at Win or acknowledge what he did. Win made a comment about loving someone, but that scene sort of proves otherwise but doesn't acknowledge this. Also, a character ends up forgetting about someone else through the different continuum, and the book says the name of the character, but later the book goes on to say stuff like "the table didn't feel quite full." If the book either stopped at the moment the memory loss occurred or the book didn't acknowledge the name and let the reader think about what could be missing from the table, either of those would've been a near-perfect ending. I mean, cliffhanger. And one tiny thing that will go over the heads of most book readers is the calling card names, The Travelers, and The Enforcers, aren't very imaginative names for organizations that have been going on as long as they apparently have been. Oh, and there are important characters mentioned and we don't meet them until a long time in, but the story acknowledges them so much it feels like we should've at least known what they would look like. Because of this, if one of these side characters was hurt or killed, I wouldn't have felt much remorse.
As a whole however, Earth & Sky is a fun ride, one that is surprisingly not just another silly martian story, and something that will make you itch for a recommendation when you start to really care about the outcome of Noam.