22875507Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: ALAMW2015
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

The signs are everywhere, Jory’s stepfather, Caleb, says.Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in the aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them Jory’s life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don’t trust anyone outside the family, have your works at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared.

School is Jory’s only escape from Caleb’s tight grasp, and with the help of new friends Jory begins to explore a world beyond his family’s farm. As Jory’s friendships grow, Caleb notifies Jory’s mother and siblings that the time has come for final preparations.

They begin an exhausting schedule digging a mysterious tunnel in anticipation of the disaster. But as the hold gets deeper, so does the family’s doubt about whether Caleb’s prophecy is true. When the stark reality of his stepfather’s plans becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he’s just begun to see. – Goodreads

Review:

Watch the Sky is the type of middle grade novel that I’ve been waiting for. It is a quieter novel, it’s about family, friendship, and finding yourself. Jory’s stepfather, Caleb, is not a kind person, at least not to Jory. Because Jory isn’t his real son he often looks down upon him and that understandably effects Jory, even if Jory isn’t able to relay that to his mom. Caleb is convinced that the world is going to end and that the whole family needs to build this bunker to survive.

Jory is already looked at differently at school because of Caleb’s strict rules. From not being allowed to trust anyone outside the family to always looking for signs, Jory just wants to go to school and learn. Jory loves to learn and not from signs, but in general and the more he learns and the more he wonders if his step-father isn’t crazy.

Hint: he’s crazy.

Jordy slowly realizes that his step-father isn’t everything. Yes, he kept his family together, and yes his mother seems to be happy. But is she? Is everyone in his little family happy and okay? Jordy also starts talking to his teachers, and makes friends and realizes that his life isn’t normal and how does he deal with that?

When he tries to bring it up to his mother, she right away puts any thoughts away because Caleb essentially saved them and she doesn’t want to ruin that relationship by questioning him. Watch the Sky was a brilliant novel in the fact Jory started to question things, but still didn’t know if what he was questioning was okay. Or even acceptable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read more from Hubbard.