I just finished Clare B. Dunkle’s dystopian works The Sky Inside and The Walls Have Eyes. I picked these up through a review I saw for The Walls Have Eyes on Becky’s Book Reviews. I was a little hesitant when I saw SLJ had deemed The Sky Inside “mediocre” but I have to say I completely disagree. I felt the premise while done before was done beautifully and given new insights and ideas. Readers who like science fiction and dystopian settings will be delighted. I really enjoyed both works. While somewhat predictable at times, one has to remind oneself that for this reading level it might not be predictable at all. I highly recommend the series and am hoping that it will be followed with a third installation at some point. It would be a great pick for reluctant readers especially boys. A boy, his dog and robots set in a dangerous future….what more could boy ask for in a book? Also the characters are extremely well developed and almost everyone can identify with at least one of them whether it be Martin, his Wonder Baby sister Cassie or extreme bot dog Chip. I am also extremely excited about Dunkle’s next book a prelude to Bronte’s Wuthering Heights due out Autumn 2010! Check out sample chapters and lots of other fun stuff on the author’s website.
“Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. The ghost of the last maid will not leave Tabby in peace, yet this spirit is only one of many. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave?
As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. He is determined to keep Seldom House as his own. Though Tabby tries to befriend the uncouth urchin, her kindness cannot alter his fate. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him.”