Title: The Sky So Heavy
Author: Claire Zorn
Genre: YA dystopian
Length: 304 pages
Published by: University Queensland Press
Source: borrowed from school library
For Fin, it’s just like any other day – racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class, and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe, Lucy. Only it’s not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated.
Look everyone, we have a five-star book!
The last book I gave five stars was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, and that was a LONG time ago, so I’m glad to have finally picked up this book. SO many people have recommended it on the OzYAChat on Twitter, and eventually I just had to borrow it.
I’m so glad I did.
Basically, the story starts with some missiles being launched. Communications are down so nobody can communicate, and there’s no electricity. It’s a nuclear winter which means SNOW. Which is COLD if you’re Australian, okay? “The snow” for us isn’t a noun, it’s an actual destination. No joke. We talk about going to “the snow.” Weird.
And not pretty snow. Not this kind of snow:
THIS kind of snow:
And then they start running out of food/water, and Fin can’t get to his parents, and it’s a very desperate situation. People change. People who used to be trustworthy have been warped by fear and…I guess hunger because they haven’t eaten. And a wish to protect their families, as well.
I loved all the characters. Fin, his brother, Lucy and Arnold. Arnold was a boy who used to get bullied, but ends up being really generous and lovely to them all (I felt so bad for him!).
And there is an even deeper level to the story. It relates to current politics in Australia. For my overseas readers, we have this policy for asylum seekers called “stop the boats.” Despite the fact that these people are in need of help, we turn them away – this is what Fin’s suburb faced from the government. The inner suburbs of Sydney are fed, while the more Western suburbs are more or less abandoned.
And ohhhhh, gosh it was sad. At the ending. I CRIED, OKAY? I do not cry in books. Only in The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower but never in a dystopian!!! Ever!!! I don’t usually like dystopians. I’ve no idea why. But I love this book to pieces.
I love the survival aspect. I love the friendships. I love the moral dilemmas and the fact that neither side is wrong. I love how it reflects real issues. I just really, really enjoyed this book, and it was left open for a sequel, so fingers crossed that might happen?? (PLEASE???). I could not put it down.
You need to read this book.
Rating: 5/5 Wonderkitties