Searching for Sky

Searching for Sky

Searching for Sky

by Jillian Cantor

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: May 15th, 2014
by Bloomsbury




Sky and River had lived on Island for as long as they can remember. They hunt for food in Ocean, swim in Falls, and curl up at night in Shelter. Their life together in this beautiful world is simple and safe.

Until River sees a boat. . .

Across Ocean in a place called California, nothing makes sense to Sky. Separated from River and taken to live with a grandmother she doesn’t know, Sky wants desperately to find River and return to Island. But when Sky learns that their paradise wasn’t as perfect as she thought, and everything she has ever known and loved may have been a lie, she realizes that her search for the truth is just beginning.

In this gripping story of love and survival, readers will be swept away by Sky’s remarkable journey through a hostile world: ours.


Searching for Sky is a very difficult book to review; and I find it very difficult to form coherent thoughts about it. For the most part, I was engrossed in the journey of Sky’s survival and her adjustment to modern-day society life, but on the other hand, I suspect I may have overhyped it for myself.

During the accident, there were 4 of them. Sky, Sky’s mother, a family friend named Helmut, and Helmut’s son, River.

Now, it’s just Sky and River.

Stranded on a deserted island for the majority of her life following an accident, 16-year-old Sky knows what it’s like to survive using nature. But that all changes when one day River spots a boat heading for their island. Taken by strangers across “Ocean” to a place called California to live with her grandmother, Sky’s life is turned upside down. And separated from River, how can she adjust to this strange new world – one with cell phones and cars and houses?

Sky was a wonderful protagonist. Conservative and practical, with fears and hopes of her own. She’s such a strong person – I can’t imagine what it would be like to be alone in a completely foreign world like this. Her determination and intelligence allow her to stay level-headed and adapt to this alien world better than the majority of the population probably would have.

But was that enough to make me burst into tears like the some passionate readers did? No, not quite. I guess I simply expected more than what I got, and my enjoyment of the book suffered from that. While I certainly think this deserved some hype, the amount of hype it did get was a bit excessive in my opinion. Still, this is a wonderful read about a girl coming to terms with the world as she knows it, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.


3 thoughts on “Searching for Sky

  1. I haven’t actually heard of this one before, so perhaps without my mind tainted by hype or expectations, I’d enjoy this more? Perhaps. I’m not itching to get my hands on this, but if I do wind up reading it I’ll be sure to go into it with lowered expectations–hype really can SUCK sometimes. I’ve suffered similar situations to these a looot! :/ Wonderful review, Zoe! 🙂

  2. On paper this seems like a very intriguing read and I’m so glad you enjoyed as a whole. Yeah? The writing seems interesting and I’m glad it worked for you. I feel for Sky and yet I want to know her and almost feel the need to help her. I’m glad you enjoyed her character so much. So happy you enjoyed as a whole, Zoe!

  3. Am I “some passionate readers”? 😉 I do get what you’re saying, but I still loved it! I was pretty amazed at how the author managed to make it eloquent despite NOT using so many normal words. And Sky’s confusion just made me sad…they ripped her life out and I don’t really think they tried to make assimilation easy. 🙁 The therapists sucked.

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