Thank you so much to Turn the Page Tours for having me as a part of their tour for The Sky Above Us (and thank you to Philomel Books for sponsoring the tour and providing me with a free finished copy to review for this tour)! The Sky Above Us came out this past Tuesday, April 13, 2021 so make sure you go grab it now! Also, for US residents only, we have a great giveaway running until April 19th for a finished copy of the book, so make sure you go enter that- plus there’ll be two winners, so twice the chances you’ll get a book!
The Sky Above Us 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of We Speak in Storms comes a twisty, psychological thriller about three friends searching for the truth in the aftermath of a plane crash.
The morning after their senior year beach party, Izzy, Cass, and Janie are woken by a thundering overhead. Then they and their classmates watch in shock as a plane crashes into the water. When the passengers are finally recovered, they are identified as Izzy’s twin brother, Israel, Cass’s ex-boyfriend, Shane, and Janie’s best friend, Nate. But Izzy can feel when her brother is in pain, and she knows he’s not really dead. So she, Cass, and Janie set out to discover what actually happened that day–and why the boys were on the plane.
Told in alternating timelines and points of view, this powerful and captivating novel follows the three boys in the weeks leading up to that fateful flight, and the girls they left behind as they try to piece together the truth about the boys they loved and thought they knew. A spellbinding story about the ripple effects of tragedy, the questions we leave unanswered, and the enduring power of friendship.
Before I get started with my real, full review, the reason I took off half of a star and made this one only 3.5 stars instead of 4 is because it definitely wasn’t a thriller and while that isn’t a bad thing, if you’re going into it expecting a thriller like I was, you’re going to be disappointed. In general though, I really liked how the book started with Izzy, Cass, and Janie waking up on the beach and all of their points of view being told in the present and then all of Israel, Shane, and Nate’s points of views being told from a month in the past onwards. There were certain parts that made me so angry (like Shane’s sister blaming Cass for him dying because she broke up with him- that’s not her fault. No one should ever feel like they have to be in a relationship to keep someone alive), but that had nothing to do with the writing or the book itself, it was more with how people deal with grief and I’m sure that that happens outside of books too- when you don’t know why someone suddenly passes away, you’re definitely going to look for someone to blame even if they’re grieving as well. Janie’s story in general made me sad- her mom left her and her dad, she has no real friends, everyone thinks she’s weird, Nate only interacted with her when no one else was around, Cass and Izzy only talked to her when they could use her for things. What a sad way to live life and what terrible people to do that to someone else. Overall, The Sky Above Us was an interesting and good book that goes into grief and how death and suicide impact the people left behind.
About the Author: Natalie Lund is young adult author and a former middle and high school teacher. She graduated from Purdue University’s MFA program, where she taught introductory composition and creative writing and also served as the fiction editor of The Sycamore Review. Her debut novel, WE SPEAK IN STORMS, is on sale September 3, 2019. Natalie is a member of SCBWI and is represented by Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary Agency. She lives in Chicago with her husband and a very photogenic cat. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @nmlund.