The sky inside by Clare B. Dunkle.

  Chris  Review by:  Chris

Title:  The sky inside

Author:  Clare B. Dunkle

Collections:  Downloadable Audiobooks

This book has the requisite dystopian elements, like an all-controlling government and a seemingly perfect society, and as expected, protagonist Martin discovers secrets he is not supposed to know, things that no one talks about.  In many ways, it reminded me of Matched by Allie Condie.  However, Dunkle adds a slight twist.  In The Sky Inside, Martin and his family live in a dome called a “suburb” where they do little more than buy things they see advertised on T.V., and they believe that the world outside the dome is a toxic wasteland.  Dunkle’s commentary on suburban sprawl and consumer culture is obvious but perceptive.  I also liked that the novel’s plot is largely driven by Martin’s desire to protect his little sister Cassie, who is a genetically engineered “wonder baby.”  The novel’s end left it open to a sequel, and I rather hope that Dunkle fulfills the unwritten promise.

This title is available for download at http://maryland.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=B39F9048-F112-44F9-8EB3-54DF9F63F0D1

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