A Crack in the Sky

// January 3rd, 2015 // Book Reviews

Title: A Crack in the Sky

Author: Mark Peter Hughes


Thirteen-year-old Eli Papadopoulos is worried. Even though he’s a member of the most powerful family in the world. Even though his grandfather founded InfiniCorp, the massive corporation that runs everything in the bustling dome-cities. Even though InfiniCorp ads and billboards are plastered everywhere, proclaiming:


Recently, Eli noticed that there’s something wrong with the artificial sky. It keeps shorting out, displaying strange colors and random images. And though the Department of Cool and Comfortable Air is working overtime, the dome-city is hotter than it’s ever been.
Eli has been raised to believe that the dome-cities are safe, that the important thing is to keep working and consuming, and that everyone is secure and comfortable in InfiniCorp’s capable hands.
But now he begins asking questions.
All of a sudden, operatives from a dangerous band of terrorists keep contacting him. The Friends of Gustavo—or Foggers—want to tear down everything InfiniCorp has created. They promise Eli that they have the truth he seeks—if he’s brave enough to handle it.
Eli isn’t convinced. And he’s about to find out that in the dome-cities, being a Papadopoulos isn’t enough to save a rule-breaker like him from being sent far away to learn right-thinking. In his new home, the Tower, Eli meets Tabitha, once at the top of her Internship class, now a forgotten slave. Together, and with help from Eli’s beloved pet mongoose, Marilyn, they just might be able to escape . . . and try to make a life for themselves in the scorched wilderness outside the domes.

My Book Review:

    A Crack in the Sky is a great story about a dystopian society involving the weather and global warming. Eli is a child who tries to gain the truth, that the company that controls everything, Infinicorp, is hiding. But to do that he has to talk to a group of terrorists, the Foggers. Will Infinicorp find out and stop Eli? Or will Eli get away with it?

    One of the many things I like about this book is the theme. It sends a powerful message; to treat the environment well. In this book, they didn’t treat the environment well, so everything became corrupted and destroyed. Mother Nature sent her storms tumbling down, so it was raining more than it wasn’t. The people tried to hide inside protective domes, but even that couldn’t stop Mother Nature’s power.

    A lot of the truth in the book is clouded in mystery. You don’t even know who the real villain is! Is it the Foggers? Is it Infinicorp? Is it simply Mother Nature? Or is Eli just wrong and nothing bad is happening anywhere? This aura of mystery gives you a powerful longing to flip the pages and unveil the truth.

    This book sends many positive messages about the environment, which is great. Mother Nature is very important! This book is recommended to kids who enjoy middle grade books, specifically dystopian stories and adventure stories. Dystopians are usually read by young adult, and it can be a young adult read, but it is better for middle grade readers. I rate this book 9 out of 10 stars. Have a non-rainy (hopefully) and nice day!

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