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The first book in the series The Someday Children A story about survival, friendship, hope and love. Skye and her twin brother, Ecco, struggle to survive in a world without grown-ups. For five years they have lived alone in the woods. But they are not the only ones. Other groups of children wander in the wilderness. Some are enemies. Others are friends. Who can they trust? S The first book in the series The Someday Children A story about survival, friendship, hope and love. Skye and her twin brother, Ecco, struggle to survive in a world without grown-ups. For five years they have lived alone in the woods. But they are not the only ones. Other groups of children wander in the wilderness. Some are enemies. Others are friends. Who can they trust? Skye and Ecco soon find out how far they are willing to go to survive. And what about the mysterious disease that killed all the grown-ups – has it returned? When Skye's world once again falls into pieces, she almost loses all hope. In her struggle to survive Skye fears she will only find darkness and pain but instead she finds something unexpected. Two strangers will change her life. One is strong, blond, and a natural born leader. The other one is dark and full of secrets. Skye's heart is feeling something new. She's feeling torn. Who will she choose? The one that only sees her good side or the one that knows her darkest secrets? Everyone has something to hide.


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The first book in the series The Someday Children A story about survival, friendship, hope and love. Skye and her twin brother, Ecco, struggle to survive in a world without grown-ups. For five years they have lived alone in the woods. But they are not the only ones. Other groups of children wander in the wilderness. Some are enemies. Others are friends. Who can they trust? S The first book in the series The Someday Children A story about survival, friendship, hope and love. Skye and her twin brother, Ecco, struggle to survive in a world without grown-ups. For five years they have lived alone in the woods. But they are not the only ones. Other groups of children wander in the wilderness. Some are enemies. Others are friends. Who can they trust? Skye and Ecco soon find out how far they are willing to go to survive. And what about the mysterious disease that killed all the grown-ups – has it returned? When Skye's world once again falls into pieces, she almost loses all hope. In her struggle to survive Skye fears she will only find darkness and pain but instead she finds something unexpected. Two strangers will change her life. One is strong, blond, and a natural born leader. The other one is dark and full of secrets. Skye's heart is feeling something new. She's feeling torn. Who will she choose? The one that only sees her good side or the one that knows her darkest secrets? Everyone has something to hide.

30 review for The Dawn of Skye

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    In a dystopian world where each member is designated at birth as either Freeborn (entitled and privileged) or Slaveborn (abused and demeaned), a fog/plague strikes taking out all the adults, village by village. Traumatized by such a loss, scattered pockets of children form from both "-born" groups, desperate to survive alone in the forest. When these groups/factions come across each other, they feel threatened, but over the years they begin to realize they might need to figure out a way to work In a dystopian world where each member is designated at birth as either Freeborn (entitled and privileged) or Slaveborn (abused and demeaned), a fog/plague strikes taking out all the adults, village by village. Traumatized by such a loss, scattered pockets of children form from both "-born" groups, desperate to survive alone in the forest. When these groups/factions come across each other, they feel threatened, but over the years they begin to realize they might need to figure out a way to work together. The loaded and very complicated question becomes "can they move beyond their morally flawed past?" The characters of The Dawn of Skye are richly developed and sympathetic, for the most part. There are a few kids we are meant to despise, and boy do we! The story has plenty of action and all the complexities of adult interactions, even though these are children forced to form the alliances. Fear is a strong theme, as it is in most post-apocalyptic stories, as no one knows who to trust in this newly developing society where innocent (and not so innocent) children are left to fend for themselves. This is the first in The Someday Children series, and while it is a solid read, you'll be committing to the next book if you want resolution for a lot of the questions posed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jychelle

    I got this ebook for free from LibraryThing. I did not have to review it but it was so amazing! Thebook opens with a fog entering the people in their homes. When all hosts are occupied, the fog with this mysterious disease moves on to another town. The story of our main characters begins at the bedside of their dying mother. When you finally die, it's like something straight out of a Japanese horror movie, I'll spare the details, you'll just have to read the book. With nothing else left to do, th I got this ebook for free from LibraryThing. I did not have to review it but it was so amazing! Thebook opens with a fog entering the people in their homes. When all hosts are occupied, the fog with this mysterious disease moves on to another town. The story of our main characters begins at the bedside of their dying mother. When you finally die, it's like something straight out of a Japanese horror movie, I'll spare the details, you'll just have to read the book. With nothing else left to do, the boy packs a rucksack and grabs his sister, running away from the disease that has killed all the adults in the village. They run into the woods, unprotected and alone. The author definitely knows how to pull you in before you even get to chapter 1! I'm ready for this adventure! Five years later, the twin siblings Ecco and Skye travel into unknown wooded and mountainous territory, never staying anywhere long, avoiding others and looking for food and safety. Coming across many hardships, their journey is a means of survival without the reliance of adults. As the story progresses we discover that they are not alone. Along with the beastly creatures of the woods there are other clans of survivors: Dagwoods clan, The Others, and The Outcasts. We also learn that the world with adults that is long gone was not the world we know today, a horrifying society of sacrifices and blind traditions. "Freeborns" mistreated the "Slaveborns" the same as their animals. Dead if there was no longer a use for them. The characters that have survived the disease are from both sides of society, changing the order of how things used to be living and working together. I have to agree with some other reviews that this has a Lord of the Flies kind of feel. Everybody has a secret, one by one they start to unravel. A story of innocence, triumph, courage, abuse, love, survival, strength, family, adjustment, tradition, greed, betrayal, war, revenge, death, regret, surprise and secrets. It made me have an intense rollercoaster ride of emotions - curiosity, sadness, remorse, happiness, anger, fear, sympathy, panic, worry and at some points as physically paralyzed as the characters. It actually made me cry, laugh, and gasp. The author really knows how to put you in the moment. My heart is still beating irrationally fast. NOW I AM SO HAPPY I AM JUMPING FOR JOY IN MY LIVING ROOM! If this book dosent stop making my emotions go haywire or my heart stop pounding, I'm going to have a heart attack! An absolutely thrilling, mysterious, action packed adventure that had me hooked from the first to last. Nature has a way of restoring peace. Humans can become evil, selfish, greedy, lying killers to manipulate society by fear to blindly follow for selfish gain. A lust for power and order, but sometimes Nature has a way of restoring peace and harmony. I also believe that it has almost happened in history. Most Native Americans were peaceful, never wasting anything and only taking what was needed to survive. Now we are so reliant on evil, killing and deception that we greedily take and take all of the worlds natural resources destroying anyone or anything that gets in our way. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I recieved an advanced ebook copy of Dawn of Skye in exchange for an honest review through a librarything give away. Overall I did enjoy this book; however, it was hard to get into at first. I know it is part of a series but there was a lot of characters from different areas to keep track of. It got rather confusing at times until about half way through the book. I found it easier to follow when I had googleplay read the book out loud to me. There was a few characters I developed a soft spot for b I recieved an advanced ebook copy of Dawn of Skye in exchange for an honest review through a librarything give away. Overall I did enjoy this book; however, it was hard to get into at first. I know it is part of a series but there was a lot of characters from different areas to keep track of. It got rather confusing at times until about half way through the book. I found it easier to follow when I had googleplay read the book out loud to me. There was a few characters I developed a soft spot for but others just felt like placeholders and kind of pointless to me. That being said I will likely finish reading the series as it comes out as it's something I like to do.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nouk

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, in return I'll give a review. However, this doesn't effect my review in any way. My reviews and ratings are always honest. I give this book 3.5//5 stars. There were parts in the book that I really liked, but I had trouble with some aspects of the book. Don't get me wrong: overall it was a great book! The plotline was quite interesting: all the adults die, because of a mysterious disease. The children are still alive, but they are traumatized. They f Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book, in return I'll give a review. However, this doesn't effect my review in any way. My reviews and ratings are always honest. I give this book 3.5//5 stars. There were parts in the book that I really liked, but I had trouble with some aspects of the book. Don't get me wrong: overall it was a great book! The plotline was quite interesting: all the adults die, because of a mysterious disease. The children are still alive, but they are traumatized. They fled their homes and began a new life in the forest. They all want to forget their past, but that is hard. This idea is probably not the most creative, but it is captured really well. It was dramatic and dark, what it should be. The ethos/atmosphere was fitting the story really well. The writing style was also perfect for the story, because it helped bringing the story alive. The forest and characters seemed almost real. Another thing that I really liked about the book are the characters. I could remember them really well, because the most important characters have an interesting personality. They are round characters and you learn more about them throughout the book. My favorite character is Puk, a side character. He is kind, loves animals and he knows how other people feel. I also love the dynamics between the characters. Some could get along really well, but others not so much. Around page 200 I was quite disappointed. Before there wasn't a love triangle, but now it started to form and the romance became more important. Personally, I don't like love triangles, because they are done so many times in young adults (and I'm not a huge fan of romance). I enjoyed the story less, because of this. Another thing that I wasn't a fan of, is that the characters don't know the names of animals any more. I think because there where no adults, they forgot the name of most animals? This was kind of weird, because one of the first things I learned as a young child were the names of animals. The characters called for example mosquito's bloodsuckers and rabbits long-ears. I found this confusing and not making a point at all. The story developed slow, which isn't always a bad thing. The characters and surroundings were more developed, because of that. However, sometimes I wondered: Is there something going to happen, or not? Is this it? Right after I thought that, something was indeed going to happen. Then there was an action scene and I think those are well done. I think that because of the story was developed so slow, sometimes it was dragging, but it also has advantages. I would recommend this book, because it was great. There were some flaws, like the love triangle or the replacements for the names of animals. Overall it was good: the characters, writing style and plot line were interesting. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The Dawn of Skye by E.B. Heimdal is a dystopian novel set in a future where the adults are killed by a mysterious illness, leaving the children to grow up and survive on their own. In order to survive, the children form different factions of alliances: Skye and Ecco are two siblings constantly on the run, while Dagwood is a leader struggling to keep order, Salomon hides dark secrets, and Puk connects to everyone around him, leading others in the clan to call him weak. As they band together, they The Dawn of Skye by E.B. Heimdal is a dystopian novel set in a future where the adults are killed by a mysterious illness, leaving the children to grow up and survive on their own. In order to survive, the children form different factions of alliances: Skye and Ecco are two siblings constantly on the run, while Dagwood is a leader struggling to keep order, Salomon hides dark secrets, and Puk connects to everyone around him, leading others in the clan to call him weak. As they band together, they must learn who is an enemy and who is a friend as the mysterious illness that took their parents may have returned. Reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, the characters (each of them being a child or teenager) are thrown into the wilderness alone and forced to figure out how to survive while growing up. They're endearing and sympathetic, flawed with a strong voice, as E.B. Heimdal provides multiple perspectives to show humanity and human nature. The main enemy is fear that leads Skye and Ecco to assume everyone is out to hurt them, while we're shown that several of the other clans are trying to keep to themselves and away from the others. Of the characters, Puk stands out to me the most. He is considered weak by the other kids because he's sensitive to what others are feeling, he's often bullied, but his heart is the essence of the story. His relationship with a little boar named Twice is sweet and endearing, as he cares for instead of hunts this orphaned animal. He sees the good and the bad of people, and though he's seen as a bit naive, he somehow understands more than anyone else. Gripping and captivating, The Dawn of Skye is a coming of age story of survival, friendship, loss, and trust.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review. I almost gave up on this book, but I’m glad that I didn’t – after soldiering on with it, I decided it was definitely worth it, although I also thought it was just the right length. It essentially follows the story of a group of kids in a world without adults who are just trying to survive. I wouldn’t quite call it post-apocalyptic, but rather like an interesting spin on fantasy that starts to resolve itself thro Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review. I almost gave up on this book, but I’m glad that I didn’t – after soldiering on with it, I decided it was definitely worth it, although I also thought it was just the right length. It essentially follows the story of a group of kids in a world without adults who are just trying to survive. I wouldn’t quite call it post-apocalyptic, but rather like an interesting spin on fantasy that starts to resolve itself throughout the novel. Still, it leaves the reader with plenty of unanswered questions, which is a good thing if you want to get hooked on a series but not so much if you’re looking for a standalone. I thought it was fun enough though, and I’ll pick up the next book if I come across. I just wouldn’t go out of my way for it. I don’t want to go too much further into the plot, but what I will say is that the mechanism behind the sickness in the story was quite interesting and definitely worth more exploration. Likewise, there were some great character–driven moments that could only exist because the characterisation throughout was pretty solid, although I didn’t like Flo because she felt like too much of a stereotype. She was just a jealous little girl who put lives at risk because she didn’t get things her own way. All in all, I was impressed. I’m not sure whether this is a debut novel or not, but that in itself should count for something. The world-building and the story line was good although the pacing was occasionally slow, and it earns bonus points for the cover.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Birgitte Lenstrup

    Hunger Games meets Harry Potter. Futuristic fantasy or a story of the past? The first book in The Someday Children series does not reveal which. The Dawn of Skye contains a good mixture of mystery and love spiced up with lots of moral and ethical dilemmas. It may be that the book belongs in the Young Adult genre, but I am 50 and I loved it! Whether that makes me cool or pathetic, I am honestly not sure, but I highly recommend the book to all teenagers and teenage wannabees. You are swarming with Hunger Games meets Harry Potter. Futuristic fantasy or a story of the past? The first book in The Someday Children series does not reveal which. The Dawn of Skye contains a good mixture of mystery and love spiced up with lots of moral and ethical dilemmas. It may be that the book belongs in the Young Adult genre, but I am 50 and I loved it! Whether that makes me cool or pathetic, I am honestly not sure, but I highly recommend the book to all teenagers and teenage wannabees. You are swarming with questions about the main characters in the series after reading the last page of book #1 and I am already looking forward to reading book #2.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nina Natasha

    Totally in love with this book and the entire dystopian setting and storyline surrounding Skye and Ecco and all the other brave Someday Children in the woods alone. It is the most thrilling and captivating story I have read with an interesting plot that is both universal and contemporary. It includes accurate descriptions and characterisations with many layers that are recognisable and very relevant given the development in recent human society. This book is literally impossible to lay down, onc Totally in love with this book and the entire dystopian setting and storyline surrounding Skye and Ecco and all the other brave Someday Children in the woods alone. It is the most thrilling and captivating story I have read with an interesting plot that is both universal and contemporary. It includes accurate descriptions and characterisations with many layers that are recognisable and very relevant given the development in recent human society. This book is literally impossible to lay down, once the story outlines. Looking very much forwards to the sequel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isa Lindbæk

    I love this book. It's thrilling to follow the lives of Skye, Dagwood, Salomon and the other kids trying to survive in the forest. I love this book. It's thrilling to follow the lives of Skye, Dagwood, Salomon and the other kids trying to survive in the forest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita Broust

    GREAT book!!! It has it all! It's not just for the young adult segment - I'm 48 and I LOVE it. GREAT book!!! It has it all! It's not just for the young adult segment - I'm 48 and I LOVE it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    A terrible fog passes through the village bringing a disease with it that kills all adults. The children are left to fend for themselves, to survive on their own. Twins Ecco and Skye live off the forrest for five years before a turn of events sees Skye without her brother and her world is once again falling apart. In the forrest there are different groups/clans of children. Some are friendly, some are enemies, but who can Skye trust? When she wakes up in with a group of strangers, she has no ide A terrible fog passes through the village bringing a disease with it that kills all adults. The children are left to fend for themselves, to survive on their own. Twins Ecco and Skye live off the forrest for five years before a turn of events sees Skye without her brother and her world is once again falling apart. In the forrest there are different groups/clans of children. Some are friendly, some are enemies, but who can Skye trust? When she wakes up in with a group of strangers, she has no idea that two of them will make a big influence on her life and steal her heart. The book was hard for me to get into. I admit I initially found it a bit boring, and confusing. There are different clans/groups of children and it was very easy to get lost and confused about what group had done what, and who was who. I found myself having to go back and re-read pages, so that I could try and work out what was happening. Luckily the author has a reference at the start so you can go back and identify which character belonged to a group. I used this reference a number of times. At one point in the story Skye and Ecco have a big fight with another group to which I was thinking was boys from a different group and I was thinking the book was all sorts of strange. Once I re-read and used the reference and realised what actually did happen (which was nothing like I first thought had happened) I was able to keep reading and began to really enjoy the story. By the time I was about 50% of the way in, I had an understanding for the characters and was really looking forward to reading it each day. It isn't usually the type of book I would read, but I am glad I stuck to reading it and it turned into a really interesting and at times, edge of your seat story. I received a copy of this book as an early review copy from LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nerviemae Fuentes

    this book seems awesome!! can't wait for me to win this book! this book seems awesome!! can't wait for me to win this book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    A Lord of the Flies novel in a world where all the adults have died. This book has moments of wonderful story telling but it just doesn’t deliver as a whole. There’s also no climax to the story with the story ending abruptly with an announcement of a sequel. Some of the characters (who are all children) just don’t seem to react as I would expect in a devasted world where children need to fend for themselves. With respect to the style of writing, I think some of the replacement words such as swim A Lord of the Flies novel in a world where all the adults have died. This book has moments of wonderful story telling but it just doesn’t deliver as a whole. There’s also no climax to the story with the story ending abruptly with an announcement of a sequel. Some of the characters (who are all children) just don’t seem to react as I would expect in a devasted world where children need to fend for themselves. With respect to the style of writing, I think some of the replacement words such as swimmers for fish, or buzzers for flies, distracted from the story. While I appreciate that in a world without adults many words would be lost, what child would have forgotten the name for fish or flies? Sadly, for me, there’s no strong pull after reading this book to even find out what happens to the characters in the sequel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Hamilton

    So, I didn't like this book too much. Apart from the prologue, which was creepy, eerie, and descriptive, I found that I could not get interested in the rest of the story. Also, I did not like how it was all written in present terms: He does this, she says that, then they sleep, .... I believe there must be some past terms for the story to flow smoothly. Furthermore, the book was less appealing because it is part of a series. So it goes on and on, and you don't seem to get a sense of finality. And So, I didn't like this book too much. Apart from the prologue, which was creepy, eerie, and descriptive, I found that I could not get interested in the rest of the story. Also, I did not like how it was all written in present terms: He does this, she says that, then they sleep, .... I believe there must be some past terms for the story to flow smoothly. Furthermore, the book was less appealing because it is part of a series. So it goes on and on, and you don't seem to get a sense of finality. And I so dislike triangulation and love triangles, and mismatches... For pity's sake, these are just kids! Anyways, since I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review, I am honestly stating how I felt about it. I don't really like writing unpleasant reviews, but if I must, I will.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Rigney

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cecilie Bromose

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Lærke Ewald

  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Claus Broust

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tina Skipper

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jette Greibe

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mora

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Breinholdt

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    TEmborg

  28. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne Mette

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sanne Linde

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