Faith in Books: Let The Sky Fall

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Let the Sky Fall

By Shannon Messenger

Let the Sky Fall is fantasy book about a teenaged boy named Vane who was the only survivor of a tornado when he was a young boy. He has no memories of his parents or his life before the twister. He now lives with foster parents who truly love him and he keeps dreaming about a young girl that he remembers seeing around the time of the tragedy. Although he is seventeen, he has been unsuccessful in his relationships with girls and his friends consider him to be an absolute klutz on dates. 

Then, one night on a date that seems to be going well he sees the young woman he has been dreaming about — this time she is in the flesh. Vane comes to find out that her name is Audra and his life is nothing like he thought it was. Vane and Audra are Windwalkers, not human beings. Audra is his guardian and has kept him safe. However, those that killed his parents now know of his existence and Audra has mere days to train him in order for him to survive and save his people. 

I enjoyed the fact that Vane’s foster parents, especially his mother, really were concerned and active in his life. Most teenage fantasies place the parents outside the life experience of the teen. Sadly, that is the way Audra’s mother is depicted. In fact, I loved Vane’s character but Audra got on my nerves. She was constantly wracked with guilt while trying to be far more responsible than would be expected of anyone her age. It was as though she constantly punished herself for mistakes of the past that resulted in her father’s death. 

This book is the beginning of a series but the ending is written in such a way that you, the reader, don’t feel hung over the cliff. In other words, it could be read as a stand alone book. 

What did Let the Sky Fall have to do with my faith? Audra feels tremendous responsibility for past actions and even what might happen in the future. She is prepared to give up her own life to save Vane. But she wants to do this in order to make amends, not out of some kind of great love or compassionate sacrifice. It is as though she thinks that the loss of her life will make up for the loss of her father’s life. Jesus went to the cross out of love and compassionate sacrifice. He didn’t want to go, but followed the will of God who loved the world so much that God was willing to allow Jesus to be executed. Jesus did not deserve such a horrific death and neither did he give up his life out of guilt or responsibility. He was obedient, yes. But he also had compassion and love and those were his motivations for his sacrifice. I kept thinking about this as I read this book. In what ways do I do so-called Christian things out of guilt and responsibility when I should be doing things out of love and compassion?

I recommend Let the Sky Fall.

Happy reading!

Amelia

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