Author: Megan Crewe
Publisher: Razorbill Canada
Publication Date: October 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help–but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.
I just finished reading Earth & Sky and I really like the take on aliens and time travel that Megan Crewe takes. It’s a fresh perspective on a literary trope that can often be problematic. Time travel is a difficult idea to tackle in a novel, well in any conversation ever, really. But using a futuristic cloak, characters Skylar and Win, can move between times, popping in and out, trying to influence the “present” as little as possible. Crewe addresses any changes made in the past as “shifts” that affect the future. Actions to change the past are not without repercussions in the future. I’m glad to have stumbled upon this series, purely by accident.
Skylar has her quirks. At first glance, one might call her obsessive compulsive. But her stress stems from her ability to see where “shifts” in time have occurred, where the present has been changed by some event in the past, almost as if there’s a rip in the fabric of reality that provides her a glimpse of what the present should have been. These shifts are not without consequence. Not only can they change the outcome of the future, they also have dire consequences on the atomic make up of the Earth at the present. Crewe covers most of her bases with the time travel concept. Her interpretation is so interesting and really unique (compared to any time travel stories I’ve encountered, at least).
I picked up my copy of Earth & Sky at a small book launch in Toronto. Me and Mr. Matthew at the launch (below).