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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Book of the Sky God" is an engaging book that will please middle schoolers. The story centers around five teenagers Henry, Ram, Katie, Nina and Laila. The Brotherhood of Prophecy knew the Mayan Calendar predicted the world would end in 2015; however, they encouraged the false translation of 2012. When nothing happened citizens laughed about it and went about their business. No one was expecting a cataclysmic event would take place on December 21, 2015. Henry and Katie are online chat friends. As that December 21, 2015, draws to a close Henry goes into zombie type trances. Ram is Henry’s best friend, and Nina and Laila are Ram’s sisters. In no way were these teens superheroes; each was dealing with their own problems. Katie appeared to have a tough shell but the reader sees a different side of her as she deals with her grandmother who is suffering from dementia. Henry wants his dad’s approval but the man seems indifferent.
The major plot of this story concerns the end of the world but the author has created several interesting subplots as well. Carefully woven together, the plots make an exciting story. Each chapter ends with a teaser making the reader want to read just one more chapter. Laura Markowitz is a talented author. She created and developed a plot that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. This book is a combination science fiction and action adventure. What makes this book special is the way the teens are very human, facing problems that readers will easily relate to.