Sky to Sea

Young Adult

Neve and Micah have a forbidden love, one so forbidden that it marks them as traitors to their country. In order to be together freely they attempt to cross the border from their country, The Nation, to the bordering country, the New Republic. Things are not as rosy as they believed. They live in immigration quarters, and a caseworker will determine their acceptance to the New Republic — or their return to The Nation for execution. 

The author does a great job of world-building! The difference between life in the Nation vs. The New Republic is easy to imagine. It is simple to understand why someone would want to immigrate to the New Republic. Micah’s flashback scenes are well written, giving the reader insight into his pain, but not quite understanding if it is physical, mental, or a combination of both.

The reader may find this book confusing if they have not read the first book in the series.  The occupations of Micah and Neve are not clearly flushed out which makes understanding their “crime” difficult. Some of the secondary characters could stand to be more developed. This would aid the reader in understanding how they relate to the current plot. These missing details pull the reader from the story trying to figure out who they are and what role they play. 

The book ends on a high note, with a happily-for-now ending that will leave the reader satisfied.

Carly Fulmer