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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Forbidden Flats Blog Tour {Review}

I'm thrilled to have The Forbidden Flats Blog Tour stopping by today with my review of this fun middle-grade sequel...

The Forbidden Flats
(Sky Jumpers #2)
by Peggy Eddleman
Random House BFYR

Escape one danger. Jump into another. . . .
Twelve-year-old Hope has always felt a little different from everyone else who lives in White Rock. She tries hard, but she doesn’t always think before she acts. She takes big risks. Sometimes her risks pay off, but sometimes they fail. Sometimes she fails.
Hope knows that the most dangerous thing about living in White Rock is that it’s so close to the deadly Bomb’s Breath—the invisible, fifteen-foot-thick band of compressed air that’s hovered over the earth since the Green Bombs of World War III. The citizens of White Rock live in fear of the Bomb’s Breath. Only Hope has figured out a way to go through it—and lived to tell the tale.
But when a massivetremor rips across the earth, the Bomb’s Breath begins to lower over White Rock. It’s up to Hope and her friends Brock and Aaren to make the dangerous journey far from home across the bandit-ridden Forbidden Flats to the wilds of the Rocky MMountainsobtain the one thing that may be able to stop it—before the Bomb’s Breath sinks too far and destroys them all. This time, Hope can’t fail.

Peggy Eddleman returns to her captivating middle-grade Sky Jumpers series with the equally thrilling, The Forbidden Flats!

A few months after the dangerous events in Sky Jumpers, twelve year old Hope’s  beloved home of White Rock is once again in danger. After a huge earthquake rocks her crater town, the Bomb’s Breath (the deadly 15 foot pocket of air above the crater) begins to rapidly lower. The only way to stop the Bomb’s Breath lies 500 miles away in the Rocky Mountains. Once again Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock, must set out on a wild adventure to save their town.

Last year, Sky Jumpers wowed me with its exciting premise, action-packed story, and compelling characters, and Eddleman returns to this world with another hugely entertaining story! The Forbidden Flats takes both Hope and readers on a thrilling journey across a post-apocalyptic USA; a journey full of dangers, bandits, deadly weather, and unexpected new friends. Eddleman packs so much imagination and innovation into this series- from Sky Jumping in the Bomb’s Breath, cool inventions, crater towns, towns high in the clouds, a town made of glass, and a world that has been ravaged by bombs and forever altered. Richly built and vividly laid out, The Forbidden Flats is full of mesmerizing and unforgettable settings that young readers will love.

I love how much Eddleman expands her enthralling world in The Forbidden Flats and the new places we get to explore. Readers will have so much fun flying down the hills of White Rock, Sky Jumping in the Bomb’s Breath, traversing the streets of a glass city, and exploring the mines of Heaven’s Reach with Hope and company...and if Sky Jumping sounds exciting just wait until you’re introduced to Sky Surfing!

I love Eddleman’s characters, especially her young characters. Hope and her friends are so plucky, endearing, brave, funny, and lovable. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to know this threesome and going on wild adventures with them. And in The Forbidden Flats, we meet some fun, new characters, including a mysterious man from Hope’s past!

Eddleman not only infuses her story with thrills, imagination, and fun adventure, she also sprinkles in clever, thought-provoking science and theory, creating a story that is not only entertaining, but smart as well.

My Final Thoughts: The Forbidden Flats is an action-packed, smartly crafted, wildly entertaining page-turner perfect for younger readers who are not quite ready for YA dystopians and post-apocalyptic books!


Peggy Eddleman
Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS, to be published by Random House in Fall 2013. She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.

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