“"The Sky Inside" is a science fiction novel by Clare B. Dunkle. In this novel, Martin lives in the perfect suburb of HM1. It is enclosed in a large dome, and everything is manufactured to give everyone the perfect life that they want. But, as in many works of science fiction, the perfect suburb...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The Sky Inside, by Clare B Dunkle, presents the perfect world of a new generation of genetically engineered children. Every spring the residents of Martin’s town take down the snow they’ve stuck to their windows and put up flowers. Every morning his family gathers around their television and votes, like everyone else, for whatever matter of national importance the President has on the table. One particular day started the same as usual in their protective dome of suburb HM1. Then a stranger appeared to take away all the little children, including Martin’s sister Cassie. No one wants to talk about where she has gone. Martin sees that he has the choice of remaining in the safety of HM1, with danger that no one wants to talk about lurking just beneath the surface, or he can actually break out of the suburb into the mysterious land outside, rumored to be nothing but blowing sand for miles upon miles. It is a fast paced science fiction thriller that challenges its readers to look closer at the world most people take for granted.
Genre: Science Fiction
Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1
Guided Reading Level: MG
Interest Level: Grades 7-12
Lexile: 1020 (Scholastic.com)
“"The Sky Inside" is a science fiction novel by Clare B. Dunkle. In this novel, Martin lives in the perfect suburb of HM1. It is enclosed in a large dome, and everything is manufactured to give everyone the perfect life that they want. But, as in many works of science fiction, the perfect suburb is not all that it seems. Martin, with the help of his bot-dog Chip discovers one secret that leads to another, and when his "Wonder Baby" sister Cassie is mysteriously taken away, he is finally brave enough to travel outside of the dome that he has lived in for his entire life.
This was an enjoyable read. It definitely had touches of influence from classics such as Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" which made it have all of the wonderful critical and creepy aspects of a science fiction novel. It would be a great companion to reading a classic science fiction novel with students. I felt that the ending was a bit unsatisfying, only to find that there is a sequel, which I immediately purchased on Amazon so I can know what happens next!
Genre: Science Fiction
Interest Level: Ages 12 and up
Lexile measure: 730 L
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“It has been described to me as "Feed" meets "The Giver" meets "The Secret of NIMH". You know I've got to try it!”sara y wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The sky inside,
The sky inside is a story about a world inside a bubble where the outside world is a dump and uninhabitable and everyone orders babies and don’t have babies the traditional style. In the book, the main character gets an AllDog for his birthday (a robot dog that changes into any dog you want) and he finds out that it is modified. Modified robots are illegal and you can get into serious trouble by having one and his AllDog lets him into restricted area and everywhere he wants to go. One day some people come to martin’s dome and take all the wonder babies for a recall notice. Martin has to go save his sister (witch is a wonder baby) witch he ends up going outside.
“I was impressed with this book right up until the point when I realized that there weren't enough pages for the author to have written a proper ending. I was left distinctly unsatisfied to be perfectly honest. To me, this would have been a great novel if only it had been about 300 pages longer. As it was, the author had barely finished describing the problem before it ended abruptly without any solution at all. Unless there's a sequel that I have no knowledge of, I have to say that this book let me down.”Becky D wrote this review Saturday, July 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not the best Sci if book I've ever read. Took me forever to finish it.”Mrs. Kirr wrote this review Saturday, July 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was extremely disappointing; it had a good concept, but the beginning was so slow that I didn't even want to finish it, and the end wasn't spectacular enough to make up for it. I'm not usually much of a critic, but this was just bad.”Amy McAuliffe wrote this review Sunday, August 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is amazing. It's about a love for a sister that will lead to an adventure, a bravery that can lead to a new world, and a dog that's far more than he seems, and who also will mean more than he seems. A great book that anyone would love.”Nerine Rose, spirit of Spring, Guardian of Compassion ~*I'm in school again... Boo.*~ wrote this review Tuesday, June 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No