Monday, February 24, 2014

Skylight- Surviving When The Air is Toxic

Ever read a book that you automatically think, this would make an awesome movie?  This is what I thought when I read Skylight by Kevin Hopkins. I was given a copy of Skylight to review.
Are the green house gases going to destroy the world? What would happen if the air suddenly becomes unbreathable? What would happen to society, what would those who survive be forced to do? 

Skylight begins with the main character Martin Fall looking back and remembering- remembering what began as a family vacation visiting friends, that ended with the Catastrophe that would forever change his life along with everyone in the world's.

When the oxygen level dip, for an unknown reason, to critical levels, millions of lives are lost and life as it once was will never be the same.

The book then jumps to 10 months in the future where we find Martin now in his home town of LA, alone, bitter and living in complete waste and ruin. He is recruited by his former employer to try and help discover who is blowing up the oil refineries, destroying the merger supplies the city has left. He soon discovers there is something much deeper going on.

The book jumps back and forth between the present day and Martin's flashbacks from the Catastrophe to what got him where he was today.

The book reads like a blockbuster movie and really would make a great movie; withe the hero always barely making it out of dangerous situations. Something I could imagine Bruce Willis or an actor like him staring in.

I think it would be an amazing movie, but as a book I found myself at times having a hard time really getting into it. I think it is like any blow things up, action, twists and turns sort of movie where you enjoy the action but don't really fall in love with the characters.   

This book does have a great unique plot with twists that leave you wondering who the bad guy really is, which definitely made me want to keep reading to find out what is really going on.  

Even with all of the action and destruction, it is still a clean book, free of language and graphic imagery. I felt the science behind everything was very believable and based on Kevin's background, he definitely knows more of this subject than most.

The author, Kevin Hopkins is the director of energy and environmental research for The Communications Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank. He previously served as director of the White House Office of Policy Information, where he advised the President of the United States on economic, energy, and environmental policy, and also was senior policy counsel to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. He has published several books on U.S. economic and social policy, including “The Catastrophe Ahead” and “Poverty and Welfare Dependency,” and served for 20 years as a senior contributing editor to Business Week magazine.

Very impressive background, and as I think of how much of a man of science and politics he is, it made me that much more impressed with his first fiction novel. 

You can purchase Skylight from the following locations
 Cedar Fort// Amazon // Barnes & Nobel 

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book to review, all feeling and opinions are my own and truthful.  
Tomorrow is the last Tuesday of the Month! That means 10 Things to Smile About tomorrow.. which means by bedroom reveal will now be Wednesday.  

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