Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep is an exceptional YA novel set in a harsh and violent primitive world where clans routinely attack each other over pride, stores, and revenge. In the midst of a battle with the rival Riki clan, young warrior Eelyn thinks she sees her brother who is believed to have been dead for five years. A surprise attack the following night brings her face-to-face with her lost sibling. To keep his identity secret, she is taken as a slave into the seemingly foreign, but eerily similar world of the opposing clan.
Young’s pacing is tight and addictive. Her characters are convincing and worthy of the reader’s total investment. And while many books can easily get bogged down in overly detailed descriptions of an world’s religious canon, Young mets out just enough to keep reader interest and character background moving.
I predict this book will be a hit for audiences of all ages. Sky in the Deep is one of the best novels I have read in a long time, and I will be telling many friends about it.
5 out of 5 stars
Comes out on April 24th, 2018.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books, and Adrienne Young for an advanced copy for review.