Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie was a hard book for me to get into. At first I thought it was because of the characters; then the writing style; and finally decided it was a combination of both. I have a strong feeling that other readers will be able to relate to the language and characters but it just wasn’t living for me.
From the beginning, Skye was a difficult character to understand. She is in her late thirties, queer, and lives in Philly. Although she is rarely there because she travels so much for her job. When she was younger, she donated her eggs to a friend who was having trouble with infertility. She lost contact with the friend and never really knew what became of her donation. Flash forward to present day, her egg is now a twelve year old girl, whose mother has passed away, and who is looking for a connection.
Skye is an expert at pushing people away . She has been hurt many times in the past and believes it better not to have many connections. Honestly, she is afraid of commitment and prefers to be snarky so people will keep their distance. This characteristic becomes even more direct when she feels cornered. On the surface, I could understand he rational behind this but, it still made it difficult for me to root for her as a character, especially a character whose role was to grow.
The writing in Skye Falling felt very abrupt to me. The words were broken and disjointed and it was hard for me to stay inside the book. This may have been the author’s choice and a way to bring forth a sense of environment. It may have also been a way to show Skye’s unevenness as a character. To me though, it often felt forced and did not allow for much depth.
The one thing that I did like about Skye Falling was the sense of community that was formed. I did find it believable as they rallied together for a common cause. I felt like it was something that would happen in present day. Books that tackle current social issues are always welcome for me!
While Skye Falling did not resonate with me, it could be one of those books that resonates very well with another reader. A reader who enjoys jarring texts and jarring relationships would likely enjoy this book. In front of the proper audience, it may very well shine brightly…it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Rating: 2 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**