2314. Humanity has failed to colonize space. After expanding horizontally for centuries, all of Earth is covered in one giant city. The only way left to go was up, so they built towards the sky. Then, one hundred years ago, a meteor hit Earth, annihilating a region formerly known as Europe. The death toll was staggering, but that was not all. That was when the changing began and the first Evos appeared.
With limited space for humans to live, Earth’s government instated a law to keep the population healthy and strong. The Natural Selection. Anyone found to have a hereditary mutation will be sterilized – including their children.
Mark is a Jumper, one of the few daring to take the Tubes going up and down the city. When he receives a note from his long dead father, and government agents appear on his door the next day, he is thrown into a journey that questions the very understanding of his life and the world he lives in…- Goodreads Synopsis
Sky High Review
Sky High by Helge Mahrt is a well-written look into a future in which we neither managed to expand to other planets nor did we blow ourselves to bits and now exist in a post-apocalyptic world. It was kind of refreshing to read a different scenario for once. It is, disturbingly, also too easy to see a potential reality in the world which Helge Mahrt gives us. “Progress” is inevitable and humanity’s growth as a whole makes rabbit breeding look slow.
I guess my issue with this book is that, ultimately, while it was well-written, it never managed to engage me. It was another case where I felt like I’d skimmed the book, even though I’d read every word of it, because I never once was able to actually immerse myself in the story. While Sky High does have a few twists you don’t expect in it, it feels almost completely predictable, both in plot and characters. As the story unfolded, I found myself mentally checking off tropes in my head. I mean, there’s everything from the plucky young protagonist who finds out he’s special in a certain way, to the big bad government conspiracy.
Mahrt has technical skill. The story flowed very smoothly, and his descriptions were such that I was easily able to envision the world that he had created. It was also edited well, which I definitely appreciated. For a debut novel, this is not a bad piece of work at all. But, you can tell it is a debut novel. Actually, as a novel overall, this isn’t bad. It’s just not a book that stands out in any way other than the setting, and even that isn’t truly unique (but, in writing anymore, what is? Everything’s been done hundreds – if not thousands – of times).
Overall, Sky High is a book worth checking out, and I’m sure many people will like it. I don’t dislike it. I just don’t care much either way about it.
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