Colliding Skies by Debbie Zaken
YA, Sci-fi, Romance
Release date: 06 of March of 2018
Sinopse: Since Skye Reilly can remember, she has been looking up to the stars. With high school graduation upon her, her telescope in one hand and her college acceptance letter in the other, she has life as meticulously mapped out as her star chart. That is, until the Celeians arrive and she meets Ethan, an alluring alien. Ethan collides into her like an asteroid, causing a gravitational shift in Skye’s trajectory and hurling her life into a cataclysmic collision course of interplanetary proportions.
The Celeians promise many things. An end to disease, global warming, and famine. The knowledge to help humankind. Despite the suspicions surrounding the intriguing aliens and rising anti-alien protests, Skye gives Ethan her trust, and eventually her heart. The very heart he could stop with a lethal electrifying touch of his hand.
When the Magistrate, a council of alien leaders, threatens to put an end to their interspecies relationship, following her heart could cost Skye her life and the lives of everyone she loves.
Not even light can escape the pull of a black hole.
I wish to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
An amazing debut novel that will take you by surprise, if you are willing to take the journey with the characters. I recommend you pick this novel for a fresh take on the alien invasion story and if you enjoy a lot of romance in your books.
Can I tell you how much this book took me away? As I started this novel I was sure that it was going to be a good experience. I saw some things that made me roll me eyes with the obvious scenarios but it got good. Really good! By the time I realised the story was at the end and I needed to find out what happens next. So now I have to wait until next year! Well played, Debbie… Well played…
All jokes aside, I really enjoyed this novel.
My review might contain light spoilers, so I advise caution from here. Pick up the novel and comeback to this review if you don’t like to be spoiled at all. You have been warned.
Clever and well structured.
I feel the author did a lot of research and was able to use scientific terms correctly. I’m not an expert on the astrophysics field but I think she used most of the concepts correctly and was able to put it in a simplified manner that allowed young readers to grasp the message.
I was very happy with the Celeians. I enjoyed the all the moments they were on the page and the differences between them and humans. There was a lot of thought put into them and I appreciated the fact that we got to know them well in the first book. I believe in the sequel there will be a lot of conflicts that will arise and I think it opens space for interesting debates on morals and ethics. (Well, that is what I hope at least. I know everyone is here for the romance…)
The romance is never my favorite element of a novel. It takes me a while to actually root for the couple, if something more interesting is also happening in the book, but I liked Skye and Ethan as a couple. At first it was odd, but there is a point in the book were all makes sense and when that clicked, everything else also did.
In my opinion, the love triangle wasn’t believable mostly because they date for a week or so before she falls for someone else and yet Taylor acts as if they were dating for months or years. I get teenage love is intense, but as a reader I just didn’t care much for what it seems to be a fling.
I will like to give a special nod to the parents, that are present and actually are an important source of conflict. I liked that the author didn’t whisk them away and they help shape the narrative and keep it more grounded to reality. That was something.
Skye was a refreshing protagonist, specially because she had an interest in astronomy. Overall, she developed and was a very intelligent character, able to question her attraction for Ethan in a very logical way. I was rooting for her and she showed bravery in though situations. I liked Skye.
Ethan was a bit trickier… I was always on the fence with him but I did liked how similar he is to Skye. As the novel progresses you see more of him and he is, by far, one of the most interesting of the Celeians.
The secondary characters were great. We had a good mix of people and they brought something to the narrative, specially the aliens. Also, I was happy to see some Portuguese thrown around, it’s quite a rare occurrence.
I feel that this might make some people confused, if they are not willing to open their minds. This is not your typical alien invasion novel, it builds up slowly, the author is good at giving hints on what to come, so it might feel that you are reading a contemporary more than a sci-fi. If you can’t depart from this, you might have troubles with the novel.
Another thing that might make people unsure is that there are many YA clichés or things you have seen a million times before. As the novel progresses, the characters become more fleshed out and so is the world. The progression is slow, however. So, it’s something to keep in mind if you are going to pick it up.
Hope you enjoyed this long review. Please, pick it up if you can!