I mean, while the synopsis doesn’t quite say it, you can pretty much tell from the cover for When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry that this story is about aliens on Earth. I’m not usually an alien person, which is why I’m leaning toward not wanting to read this book. Also, it doesn’t appear to have gotten phenomenally great reviews, but rather a mix of both thrilled and disappointed readers, which definitely doesn’t inspire me to pick up something I’m feeling tentative on. I think, ultimately, the one thing that kind of draws me in is that this book was compared to Stranger Things, but a large part of me feels as though that’s just a recipe for me to feel disappointed when I don’t like it nearly as much. If I thought that was very unlikely, When the Sky Fell on Splendor would probably already be on my TBR simply out of sheer curiosity. But eh. I feel pretty eh about this book. If someone’s read it and feel up for changing my mind, definitely give it a go. I’d hate to miss out on a good book, after all. Initial impression, though, is that it’s not really worth the time.
Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.
In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.
Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.
How do you feel about When the Sky Fell on Splendor? Is it a book you think you might pick up and read? One you’d rather not waste time with? How do you feel about the mixed reviewer reactions? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading, everyone!