Our Review of “Sky in the Deep” by Adrienne Young
About Our Review of “Sky in the Deep” on The Book Brontosaurus
“I’ve always wanted to be part of a Book Club and when this was the chosen book i was really excited to read it just based on the description. However, I was a little disappointed.” – Alex
“This was our first Bookington Book Club read and I was really excited to read something as part of a community. I was looking forward to it altogether but ultimately felt a little let down.” – Kayla
Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Page Count: 352
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Content Warning: Violence
“Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.”
Overall Rating and Review Blurb
Book Review for “Sky in the Deep”
We were on the same page with a lot of our thoughts on this book, which was pretty interesting. While we have similar tastes, our opinions vary, so it was really weird to us that we had similar grievances with this book.
Readability: 3.5 out of 5 Tree Stars
Plot: 4 out of 5 Tree Stars
Characters: 3 out of 5 Tree Stars
Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 Tree Stars
For more details on how we came to these conclusions, please read our individual reviews.
To read Alex’s review of “Sky in the Deep”, click here.
To read Kayla’s review of “Sky in the Deep”, click here.
Alex: I read “ Sky in the Deep” pretty quickly because I was pumped to read it based on the description. I was hooked from the beginning and wanted to see where the plot would go. Honestly, I loved Eelyn and her overall feelings made a lot of sense to me based on her experiences in life. I loved watching her character grow, however, that was the only thing I loved in this book.
The rest of the book fell flat for me in a lot of ways. Eelyn’s love interest was boring and I wasn’t a huge fan of the antagonists or the climax. There wasn’t enough backstory for me as to why things were happening. I just needed more from the book and I didn’t get the development that could have elevated the story.
Kayla: I thought it was interesting that Alex had an easier time reading this book. I felt a little bit of a slump in the middle. I just didn’t know what to expect from the ending of this book. Eelyn was written really well and I loved that she was so independent. I really appreciated that her romance was portrayed as something she found while on her own journey. It wasn’t her objective. However, I didn’t feel attached to her romance. I thought Eelyn deserved a little better than her male counterpart.
The ending of this story really upset me. Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to love this book. I hadn’t read anything about Vikings before and I wanted to love it. Mythology and stories based in fantasy are some of my favorites. I’m not saying “don’t read this book”. I’m just saying that I felt let down by how rushed the ending felt and at the lack of depth.
We learned a lot about things we like as readers from this book. For “Sky in the Deep”, the ending really made a difference and changed how the rest of the book made us feel. The writing and the story were entertaining and we aren’t sure about reading the sequel, but who knows?
Adrienne Young’s next novel, “Fable”, is going to be a part of a book box we subscribe to! We’re really looking forward to reading it. We hope the story will be better and Young’s writing is something we’re excited to revisit.