Where the Rock Splits the Sky

Where the Rock Splits the Sky

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by Philip Webb
     
 

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The moon has been split, and the Visitors have Earth in their alien grip. But the captive planet? That's not her problem. Megan just wants to track down her missing dad...

The world stopped turning long before Megan was born. Ever since the Visitors split the moon and stilled the Earth, permanent sunset is all anyone has known. But now, riding her trusty steed

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The moon has been split, and the Visitors have Earth in their alien grip. But the captive planet? That's not her problem. Megan just wants to track down her missing dad...

The world stopped turning long before Megan was born. Ever since the Visitors split the moon and stilled the Earth, permanent sunset is all anyone has known. But now, riding her trusty steed Cisco, joined by her posse, Kelly and Luis, Megan is on the run from her Texas hometown, journeying across the vast, dystopic American West to hunt down her father. To find him, she must face the Zone, a notorious landscape where the laws of nature do not apply. The desert can play deadly tricks on the mind, and the quest will push Megan past her limits. But to solve the mystery of not just her missing father but of the paralyzed planet itself, she must survive it--and an alien showdown.

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Praise for SIX DAYS

"A crackerjack adventure...Cass has a lovely, rich, narrative voice and is a feisty heroine...It's such a racketing good time..." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A wildly inventive, fast-paced, science-fiction adventure story complete with a strong female protagonist, creative language, and tender relationships between wonderful young adults caught up in terrible times. This is one terrific page-turning tale." -- VOYA

"The pace steadily increases to near breathlessness...Cass's narration is both gripping and authentic." -- BCCB

"Webb has created a complex and intriguing dystopia filled with devastation, clever devices, and lots of local color. The novel's rapid pacing will hook readers and keep them turning pages." -- BOOKLIST

Children's Literature - Rachel Driggers
Visitors stopped the turning of the Earth before Megan was born, leaving the western United States in perpetual sunset. After her father left, Megan grew up with her aunt in Marfa, near the Zone, a shifting and mysterious region. She has never known her mother. Megan and her friend Luis set out into the Zone, with all of its secrets, to search for Megan’s father, a tracker who can read the Zone and who may hold the key to stopping the Visitors from completely taking over Earth. During their journey into the heart of the Zone, they find and seek to help Kelly, an abductee whom the Visitors have returned. Packed with aliens, throwback saloons, desert trackers, and lots of horseback riding, this science fiction thriller will please any lover of the genre. Megan is a believable and likeable narrator and is accessible for both male and female readers. While the goal of the plot is occasionally lost in the description of the scenes, the setting and characters keep the narrative moving forward and make the story feel genuine. The effort spent developing the characters and new and surprising information introduced at the end of the book make it feel like the first book in a potential series. One odd aspect in this western-themed science fiction story is the fact that the human characters on Earth consider the Navajo people responsible for starting the Visitor invasion through one of their religious practices—something many readers may find offensive. Reviewer: Rachel Driggers; Ages 12 up.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
In a bizarre post-apocalyptic future, Megan Bridgwater's world is defined by Western garb, gab and clichés. There are horses, saloons, outlaws, a stagecoach robbery, poker games—everything but cattle and rustlers. Alien Visitors who arrived 20 years ago have created a land of perpetual daytime: They've stopped the Earth's rotation, leaving the sun always in the sky and otherwise wreaking havoc. The Zone, a place of "[w]eird space-time wrinkles," stretches from the Midwest to the Pacific. Despite that, Megan, an expert tracker, heads out into no man's land to find her father. She's accompanied first by Luis, a Mexican blacksmith who eventually becomes a love interest, and joined by Kelly, an alien abductee who has missed the past 20 years. This threesome is determined to get from Marfa, Texas, to Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly, Ariz., where they hope all answers can be found. Megan's formal, present-tense narration is reminiscent of Charles Portis. A weird concoction of familiar and strange elements, the plot challenges the characters in ways that cause them to draw on both magical and old-fashioned ingenuity. So much happens that the characters remain fairly flat, the violence has a cartoonish quality, and the climactic moment goes over the top. That doesn't stop the premise, unlikely as it is, from being cool as hell. For Western aficionados who don't mind alien outlaws in their shoot'em-ups. (Science fiction. 12-16)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—This novel tackles themes explored in Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles (Random, 2012) and H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds—an alien invasion has destroyed the moon and caused the Earth to stop spinning on its axis. Aliens attempt to inhabit human bodies and infiltrate cities; one particular area, the Zone, seems to be a playground of experiments for the aliens, with cities flying up into the air with rivers of stone and sand. A trio of friends, led by Megan, forage into the Zone in an attempt to find Megan's father, who presumably has answers to the invasion. Throughout the journey, the trio battle aliens-cum-humans, sleeping air sickness, and outlaws. The ending ties up rather too neatly, but fans of the genre will be pleased. Webb excels in descriptions of the highly imaginative alien environment; where the book struggles is with the thin character development.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Atascocita Middle School, Humble, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545557016
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Philp Webb works as a "user experience consultant," helping his clients bridge the gap between technology and humanity. He has a computer science degree and a masters in human computer interaction. He lives with his family in West London.

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Where the Rock Splits the Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic blend of young adult adventure and western. It's told in dreamy prose with lots of beautiful and horrifying imagery capturing the ethereal sense of the Zone. While it falls into some well-worn YA tropes, the unique setting and voice make this a refreshing take on the genre.