Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Hope is twelve and lives in a community of inventors.  Since the last world war, all technology was destroyed and they must invent their own to make their world better.  The only problem is that none of Hope's inventions work...

Random House Children's Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published September 24th, so watch for a copy at your local bookstore.

What Hope has learned to do is forbidden.  There is compressed air left in crevices and low spots that is deadly; the bombs used have not totally dissipated.  If you breath the air, it will kill you.  But Hope has learned how to jump in it from above, use the compressed air to slow her fall, and hold her breath long enough to get out.  It's dangerous, forbidden and she may not make it through if she doesn't take a big enough breath before she hits it.

When bandits from a neighboring town take over theirs and demand all the medicinal plant they have, things get bad fast.  Hope's father gets shot, important people get sick and need the medicine, and the bandits don't care.  They intend to take it all.  They've even threatened to shoot more people.

Hope sneaks out with a friend and has very little time to go after help but her knowledge of the compressed air might help.  The problem is that the bandits are desperate, too.

This is a fast paced story filled with suspense and danger.  It reads fast and it is a well built tale that catches your attention and keeps it all the way through.  This should interest most young adult readers.  (Or older ones, like me.)

Happy reading.

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