It Came From the Sky
From the author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and As You Wish comes the unforgettable story of the one small town's biggest hoax and the two brothers who started it all.This is the absolutely true account of how Lansburg, Pennsylvania was invaded by aliens and the weeks of chaos that followed. There were sightings of UFOs, close encounters, and even abductions. There were believers, Truth Seekers, and, above all, people who looked to the sky and hoped for more.Only...there were no aliens.Gideon Hofstadt knows what really happened. When one of his science experiments went wrong, he and his older brother blamed the resulting explosion on extraterrestrial activity. And their lie was not only believed by their town―it was embraced. As the brothers go to increasingly greater lengths to keep up the ruse and avoid getting caught, the hoax flourishes. But Gideon's obsession with their tale threatened his whole world. Can he find a way to banish the aliens before Lansburg, and his life, are changed forever?Told in a report format and comprised of interviews, blog posts, text conversations, found documents, and so much more, It Came from the Sky is a hysterical and resonant novel about what it means to be human in the face of the unknown.

It Came From the Sky Details

TitleIt Came From the Sky
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492673026
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Science Fiction, Fiction, Aliens, Teen, Young Adult Contemporary, GLBT, Queer, Realistic Fiction

It Came From the Sky Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was interesting! Even though this book is over 500 pages, it was really easy to fly through because it is not only told in really short chapters, but it also has a lot of fun mixed media elements woven in that made the story fly by. I will say, while I did overall enjoy this one, there was one aspect of it that really didn't sit well with me that is keeping my rating from going any higher than a 3. About halfway through the book, there is a grooming plot-line introduced, and I just kind of This was interesting! Even though this book is over 500 pages, it was really easy to fly through because it is not only told in really short chapters, but it also has a lot of fun mixed media elements woven in that made the story fly by. I will say, while I did overall enjoy this one, there was one aspect of it that really didn't sit well with me that is keeping my rating from going any higher than a 3. About halfway through the book, there is a grooming plot-line introduced, and I just kind of feel like it was added in to further a villain narrative and didn't ever really get the time / grace that it needed to be discussed sensitively. I feel like that whole element of the book could have been completely taken out and not a single other aspect of the story would have suffered from it not being there. Overall, this book was fun and I did enjoy my time reading it, but the last little bit kind of just left a weird taste in my mouth. TW: grooming, pedophilia, emotional manipulation
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | WaterstonesThank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. "Gideon, if you get caught in a lie, you don't just cave.That only makes things worse.""I'm fairly certain the exact opposite is true." Reading this novel made me realize that I did not have nearly as much fun as I could have had when I was a teenager. Would it have bitten me in the end and made me regret a few things? Oh, sure. But what entertainment woul BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | WaterstonesThank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. "Gideon, if you get caught in a lie, you don't just cave.That only makes things worse.""I'm fairly certain the exact opposite is true." Reading this novel made me realize that I did not have nearly as much fun as I could have had when I was a teenager. Would it have bitten me in the end and made me regret a few things? Oh, sure. But what entertainment would I have had in the meantime!Whenever an introverted character makes its debut among the pages of a book, I instantly feel a draw toward them. I think that's the case for quite a few of us. Gideon is quite happy with his world revolving around science and his experiments, with his lack of a desire to be among most of humanity, and being forced by family and friends to step out of that comfort zone is physically painful for him. But the beautiful thing about this type of person is that when they decide to be vulnerable before others, and push themselves so that they can experience more of life, they flourish. The moment that Gideon agrees with his brother Ishmael to prank the rest of the town into believing that aliens have made contact, he begins that journey.It Came From the Sky is not just the tale of two brothers starting mayhem and watching the world around them go wild. It's at times heartwarming as Gideon learns more about himself; it's about emotional and mental growth; it's about family and friendships; and it's about learning that no matter what path you have set out for yourself, things don't always work out according to plan and you need to not just adapt, but find and fight for new goals.While there are a few different stories developing at the same time along with the main plot, they all come together cohesively in the end to present a full picture for the reader. And the diary entries, private messages and interviews that accompany the regular storytelling are a nice addition. It's not just about the aliens—they're merely what sets off into motion a case of incidents that increase in drama and devilry. By the close of this tale, I don't think that Ishmael and Gideon missed pushing any buttons that they may have been able to push. And despite how different the two of them are, it was great to see how well their personalities complement each other. They have no idea at the start of things, but they eventually realize how much they care for one another and how willing they are to stand by each other through the downfall of their actions. Relationships are the core of It Came From the Sky, and they're what truly make the novel so special.What begins as an amusing and slightly dangerous sociology experiment, turns into a young man learning who he is and what he is capable of, despite his imagined shortcomings.
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  • Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Chelsea Sedoti's previous book "As You Wish" so much so I'm looking forward to this next book of hers!!*Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun read! I really enjoyed seeing the story progress and seeing Gideon and Ishmael get sucked further and further into their lie, and I was so intrigued to see how everything turned out. There was a lot of this book that I struggled with Gideon. He could be really irritating at times, but I think it was also partially because I could see a lot of myself as a teenager in him, and so it was also just kind of hard seeing the parts of myself that I didn't like. I do love how much his This was such a fun read! I really enjoyed seeing the story progress and seeing Gideon and Ishmael get sucked further and further into their lie, and I was so intrigued to see how everything turned out. There was a lot of this book that I struggled with Gideon. He could be really irritating at times, but I think it was also partially because I could see a lot of myself as a teenager in him, and so it was also just kind of hard seeing the parts of myself that I didn't like. I do love how much his character grew, and I think that seeing his transformation throughout the book really added to it. I also loved how this was a mixed format book, and how the narrative was 'interrupted' with interviews, texts, diagrams, etc. Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • JenLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    This story started with a bang... literally lol. The farm, plus the experiment that led to the focus on it, were really well done. I've got to say, that first chapter really took me in as the reader. Right from the get-go it sets up what's to come, with the craziness that will become "Is there truly life up there? Or, did the Hofstadt brothers go a little too far?". Of course, as the reader, we know what's about to transpire. And, it's all kinds of crazy, funny, bizarre, and nerve-racking for da This story started with a bang... literally lol. The farm, plus the experiment that led to the focus on it, were really well done. I've got to say, that first chapter really took me in as the reader. Right from the get-go it sets up what's to come, with the craziness that will become "Is there truly life up there? Or, did the Hofstadt brothers go a little too far?". Of course, as the reader, we know what's about to transpire. And, it's all kinds of crazy, funny, bizarre, and nerve-racking for days. I can see how it got that far, how Gideon went along with the story, and it made for that much more of an interesting story. I can't leave behind that brother of his though, Ishmael definitely has a way of making things blow up, literally and figuratively. Not only do we get much of those feels from the first half, we also get it from the second half when things start to get really serious for both brothers. There is much that continues to unfold and become twisted the more further the story gets. This turns from one brother taking it too far, to the other brother keeping it from ending. And wow, he really keeps it going. My only thing that didn't seem to work for me here, were all of the footnotes. They really didn't do much for me, or my enjoyment of the story. The interviews though, they really gave this story that little added feel that I couldn't get enough of. Yes Gideon, could become a bit disconnected, to engrossed in all of that, plus the experimental parts of it all, but it worked.Very fun read, with a lot of growth, plus the understanding of what that kind of recklessness can bring to oneself. I couldn't stop laughing in some parts ( I mean really Oswald?? An alien elixir... only one of all the crazy antics that pop up in here), in other parts of this book I couldn't help but be anxious for the brothers (you know it's going to hit the fan). Really good read!***I received this copy from Sourcebooks Fire, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    A hoax that gets out of hand, potential extraterrestrials on the loose, first love, what more could a reader possibly want? I’m a fan of Sedoti’s work, but this is my favorite of hers so far. The characters were so well developed and I was absolute gripped by the story itself and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. This is such a fun summer read! Definitely recommend!
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was a whole heap of fun. Great plot - tick. Interesting premise - tick. Unique (diverse representation) character voice - tick. Writing style that mixes character narration with document files and interviews with other characters - tick. Laugh out loud funny and with a touch of lgbt romance - tick tick. Seriously It Came From The Sky has it all and is an enjoyable, make-you-smile kind of story. When a science experiment causes a larger than expected explosion and creates a massive crat Well that was a whole heap of fun. Great plot - tick. Interesting premise - tick. Unique (diverse representation) character voice - tick. Writing style that mixes character narration with document files and interviews with other characters - tick. Laugh out loud funny and with a touch of lgbt romance - tick tick. Seriously It Came From The Sky has it all and is an enjoyable, make-you-smile kind of story. When a science experiment causes a larger than expected explosion and creates a massive crater on their family farm, Gideon and his brother Ishmael decide to create the most epic prank/sociology research experiment by trying to convince their town that the crater was caused by aliens. Neither of them expect how big the hoax gets, drawing attention nationally and having far reaching consequences. I loved so much about this book. It’s easy to read - the narrative is all written from Gideon’s perspective broken up by files, text conversations, interview transcripts and other asides. The book is meant to represent Gideon’s research case notes, but it makes for some funny insights. While the plot is fun and there is never a dull moment as the hoax gets wilder and more complex, my favourite thing about It Came From the Sky is the characters. Let’s start with Gideon. Gideon knows he isn’t like other kids and he is absolutely okay with that, he wouldn’t want to be like them. He’d much rather experiment in his lab than attend social gatherings. He only trusts his one friend. He approaches life through a scientific lens. He is in a romantic relationship with Owen, a fellow student at school and coworker at the ice cream parlour. And while he is out as gay, he’d rather not have anyone know he and Owen are dating. He looks upon the actions of his brother with disdain, but he also wishes he could have that same ‘easy among other people’ thing, that ease in his own skin. Alongside Owen, who is a wonderful love interest but doesn’t get a huge amount of page time, is Gideon’s best friend Cat, who is dramatic and lots of fun, and side friend Arden, who hangs on the periphery of their group and who Gideon isn’t sure he can trust. While he is pranking (aka studying) the world, Gideon has a lot to learn about people, friendships and relationships. It’s great to see him grow a little, but I also totally relate to his viewpoint and I love how he stays uniquely him.I also really loved Gideon’s family. His mother, father, Gram, brother and sister all each bring so much to the story. There are so many sides to this story and each of the characters are so well developed. Sometimes, we readers only got a glimpse of these extra characters, like Gideon’s sister Maggie, yet it was so easy to feel her. And she is scary awesome.This is going to be one of those books where I just smile as I push it into a readers hands and say, yes, it’s kind of about aliens, but just read it. I know you’ll love it. And I’m pretty sure you will. Because who doesn’t love a funny, crazy story about aliens, family, brothers, giant lava lamps, pyramid schemes, avoiding arrest from the FBI and basically pranking the whole nation.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed every minute of this crazy, bizarre, hilarious book and the brothers who engineered this quirky town's biggest hoax.Gideon, a science genius, and Ishmael, his Hawaiian shirt-wearing brother who prefers to coast through life, are polar opposites in almost every way and go into this hoax with different objectives.  Ishmael is looking to top his record for practical jokes at their high school.  Gideon, with a lifelong goal of working for NASA, visualizes it as a way to distinguish him fro I enjoyed every minute of this crazy, bizarre, hilarious book and the brothers who engineered this quirky town's biggest hoax.Gideon, a science genius, and Ishmael, his Hawaiian shirt-wearing brother who prefers to coast through life, are polar opposites in almost every way and go into this hoax with different objectives.  Ishmael is looking to top his record for practical jokes at their high school.  Gideon, with a lifelong goal of working for NASA, visualizes it as a way to distinguish him from thousands of other applicants for MIT and ensure his acceptance.  Obviously, everything about this is a bad idea, but watching the story unfold and spiral out of control makes for such a pleasurable read.  In the midst of all this, Gideon is also learning to navigate a relationship with his first boyfriend.  Being science-oriented, he prefers to deal in facts and rules, so personal relationships and the emotions and nuances that come with them are difficult for him to understand.  His character arc is strong, heartfelt, and one of my favorite things about this novel.  As the description indicates, the narrative is broken up by interviews, blog posts, footnotes, etc., and while some readers felt them a distraction, I thought they worked well with the tone of the story.  Some of them also caused me to burst out laughing.  Along with the hijinx, supposed alien abductions, a giant pink lava lamp, and a runaway cow named Muffin are incredibly supportive friendships, strong family bonds, and powerful life lessons on acceptance and self-worth.  If you're looking for a light-hearted, entertaining read, grab a copy of It Came From the Sky.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    Gideon is a serious student who aspires to attend MIT and eventually work for NASA. When a science experiment goes wrong (Gideon blows up part of his family farm thanks to his prank-loving older brother, Ishmael), the two brothers decide to pull an even bigger prank and convince their town of Lansburg, PA and the world that extraterrestrials are to blame. At first Gideon is conflicted, but soon he becomes invested in prolonging the hoax as a sociological experiment that will surely get him notic Gideon is a serious student who aspires to attend MIT and eventually work for NASA. When a science experiment goes wrong (Gideon blows up part of his family farm thanks to his prank-loving older brother, Ishmael), the two brothers decide to pull an even bigger prank and convince their town of Lansburg, PA and the world that extraterrestrials are to blame. At first Gideon is conflicted, but soon he becomes invested in prolonging the hoax as a sociological experiment that will surely get him noticed by MIT. UFO sightings, alien abductions, lights in the sky...as more and more people in town claim to have seen evidence of aliens, the hoax begins to take on a life of its ownl. When a multi level marketing guru tries to cash in on the excitement about the extraterrestrials, things really spin out of control. Meanwhile, Gideon’s relationship with his secret boyfriend (Gideon’s choice), as well as his family’s happiness is threatened. How much will the brothers risk for their prank?Readers will laugh out loud, particularly at Ishmael’s efforts to help the hoax grow. The format is lots of fun with text messages, blog posts, interview excerpts, and scientific interludes to move the plot along. Gideon’s neuroatypical nature (he’s probably on the spectrum, but never identifies as such), as well as the LGBTQ relationship are welcome additions to this fun story, as well. I personally had a hard time connecting with the main character, Gideon. It may have been because he was so socially awkward, but I think it was mostly because he acts pretty arrogant through most of the book. I also thought the book was longer than it needed to be and dragged in the middle.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIm5_...Gideon has always dreamed of going to MIT but he knows he’s application may not be enough to get him noticed. Gideon plans to cause a seismic event that will get the prestigious school to notice him. However, when his brother, Ishmael gets involved what was supposed to be a small event turns into a large explosion. The brothers tell one little lie to cover up what they did and that lie grows into something that neither of t For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIm5_...Gideon has always dreamed of going to MIT but he knows he’s application may not be enough to get him noticed. Gideon plans to cause a seismic event that will get the prestigious school to notice him. However, when his brother, Ishmael gets involved what was supposed to be a small event turns into a large explosion. The brothers tell one little lie to cover up what they did and that lie grows into something that neither of them could control. I had a very mixed reaction to this book. On the surface, the book lacked character development and was in no way realistic. However, in another way, this book was just really entertaining. The book is very quirky with silly moments that will make you laugh out loud. Also, the plot verges on the ridiculous to the point that it is almost a farce. Yet, those are the reasons that it is so much fun to read. Gideon and Ishmael hatch a far fetched plot without any real plans that unravel in a way that was just really entertaining. Readers looking for a serious book should avoid this one but if you just want a fun story told in a unique way then you should definitely read it.I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristel
    January 1, 1970
    *arc from Netgalley*This book was a surprise. I didn't expect to be this involved in Gideon and Ishmael's life, but I was, I was committed! What started as a "simple" explosion, turned into alien hoax, turned senior year prank, became a national sensation that totally blew up out of proportion and changed the lives of a little town's citizens forever!The mc is gay, definitely neurodiverse even if not clearly specified, a science nerd, space enthusiast, and is a ball of anxiety. I wanted to prote *arc from Netgalley*This book was a surprise. I didn't expect to be this involved in Gideon and Ishmael's life, but I was, I was committed! What started as a "simple" explosion, turned into alien hoax, turned senior year prank, became a national sensation that totally blew up out of proportion and changed the lives of a little town's citizens forever!The mc is gay, definitely neurodiverse even if not clearly specified, a science nerd, space enthusiast, and is a ball of anxiety. I wanted to protect him from page 1. The book is about an alien hoax/prank Gideon and his brother start, and it's about the sibling bond, family, friendship, a bit about relationship, expressing emotions, the power of persuasion, about the fear of the future and feeling like you're a starfish in a world where they're usually forgotten. It gave me tons of feelings, from laughter to heartbreak. It's told in reports, interviews, blog posts, texts, etc. I definitely recommend it!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed my previous reads by Sedoti and this one was no exception. I was absolutely amazed at how well the situation in this book (two teen boys creating a hoax about an alien invasion in order to avoid getting caught doing something illegal) translates to what is going on in the world today. The conspiracy theories, the mass hysteria, the skeptics--all of it is applicable to many situations and this book, whether accidentally or on purpose, shines a bright light on them. I adored the snarky s I enjoyed my previous reads by Sedoti and this one was no exception. I was absolutely amazed at how well the situation in this book (two teen boys creating a hoax about an alien invasion in order to avoid getting caught doing something illegal) translates to what is going on in the world today. The conspiracy theories, the mass hysteria, the skeptics--all of it is applicable to many situations and this book, whether accidentally or on purpose, shines a bright light on them. I adored the snarky sense of humor and the realistic portrayal of relationships. It's refreshing to see a variety of relationship storylines, from Gideon and Owen to Gideon and Ishmael's parents explore different facets of starting and maintaining a romance despite varying issues, both internal and external.This is a great book for young adults and adults alike.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Starr ❇✌❇
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: Branding/Mutilation, Pedophilia (teenager)4Gideon's science experiments haven't always gone right, but they've never gone this wrong before. Or, gotten this gigantic. When a lie to save their skin turns into a rumor about aliens, Gideon and his brother Ishmael have to figure out a way to quiet it all down again. Or... do they? It could be a social experiment powerful enough to get Gideon into his dream school, if he can control it. But controlling somethin I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: Branding/Mutilation, Pedophilia (teenager)4Gideon's science experiments haven't always gone right, but they've never gone this wrong before. Or, gotten this gigantic. When a lie to save their skin turns into a rumor about aliens, Gideon and his brother Ishmael have to figure out a way to quiet it all down again. Or... do they? It could be a social experiment powerful enough to get Gideon into his dream school, if he can control it. But controlling something this big is harder than creating a rumor is, especially when people begin to claim "abduction", and the charming leader of a pyramid scheme finds himself in town, apparently due to alien messages. It's just a few lies, right?I really didn't think I'd like this book when I started it. Gideon is the "boy genius" trope, from his lab to his stilted, formal way of speaking, and I was sick of him immediately. I also was completely annoyed and disgusted by his decision to turn the rumor into an experiment. However, I'm glad I stuck it out because Sedoti's storytelling isn't nearly as straight forward as I was expecting, and she adds more nuance than I originally gave her credit for. The story of this book is more expansive than I thought it would be. There's plenty of details that really lend to the hectic yet put together quality of it all- the additional manipulations like the radio scrambler, the brain storming, the weird pyramid scheme cult itself. The point of this whole thing is that things branch off and become messy and complicated, and you see that in the layering of the story as well, which I really appreciated. I started this book not caring much about any of it, and by the mid-point I couldn't put it down. You get sucked in, and you can feel Gideon get sucked in, and you become allies in a way.Gideon's relationship was a big plus for me from its introduction. This is the first moment where he shows more depth than just a Science-y trope, and even though his boyfriend doesn't get that much spotlight, and so not much room to show his own depth, it compliments Gideon well enough for you to feel like it's there. He is a vivid character in contrast with Gideon, and also makes it easier to see Gideon's 3-dimensional self. Also, as well as adding a needed perspective to Gideon, it's a cute side plot to see Gideon actually working through his feelings and trying to show Owen how he feels about him.Gideon's motivation that drives him to manipulate the entire town could have easily been something over dramatic, like revenge, and I'm so happy that it wasn't. It is a clear character flaw, perpetuated by the encouragement of people pushing him for their own gain. Gideon needs to be seen, he needs to prove his own abilities and importance to himself and to others, and he is obviously putting a lot of weight on this whole ordeal, so you can see why he would slip further and further. Gideon is a really great character, and he 100% proved me and my expectations wrong. He begins this story, as I said, as a fairly flat, boy genius, emotionless character, but as the book goes on you get to see him, not just grow (as many Boy Genius characters grow a conscience or a heart), but you are allowed to see the layers peel away and actually see more of him than he presents the world with. This is the first time I have seen a character connected to this trope that actually had a good reason to be that way. At every turn you're confronted, both subtly and less so, of how much he relies on other people's image of him. The way you learn about his low self esteem and the sheer size of that, little by little, both through the context of his situation and as he himself begins to confront it, his self doubt and fear over his identity and role in the world, it's all very organic and genuine. And the stubborn anxiousness of acting out of spite or pride is really human and relateable, where even though you're frustrated with him, I think most readers can completely understand why he can't just back down, at least not with the way that he's looking at things. Gideon is actually one of the realest characters I've seen in a long time. Also, side note, I appreciate that the difference between school intelligence, wisdom, and other types of intelligence are shown to be different (though all important), and Gideon understands that he only really has one of them, and doesn't always play into his Smart image.As for what didn't work for me, I'm not really a fan of novels made up of notes and/or interviews, so the aspects of that weren't really enjoyable for me, but that's a completely personal opinion. Also, the jokes about "cow mutilation" made me really uncomfortable.Mostly, I think issues arose where things didn't find proper conclusions or their place in the narrative. For example, the cult Gideon's sister was creating never fit into the story or added anything to it. I truly don't see the point of this side story. I also wish there could have been more of an arc with their parents, particularly with the mom. There is technically an ending there, but it didn't feel like it was quite what it was meant to be. Finally, Cass is clearly a character Sedoti likes, and she is interesting and unique from the other characters, but she doesn't get any time of her own, and I spent a lot of the second half waiting for something to happen there."Go out and find your glory."I've been thinking about this book a lot since I read it, which is an endorsement in itself. Gideon is such a dynamic, layered character, and the emotion of this book is captivating, so that it keeps a hold on you.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book is about two brothers who made their whole town believe it was invaded by aliens. How they did it? See for yourself. It began with an explosion. The explosion was intentional. The events that followed were not.For me the characters felt really relatable. Especially Gideon and Arden. They felt real and while there wasn’t that much development for some characters I still felt like it was enough. I definitely loved to see a Received an arc from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book is about two brothers who made their whole town believe it was invaded by aliens. How they did it? See for yourself. It began with an explosion. The explosion was intentional. The events that followed were not.For me the characters felt really relatable. Especially Gideon and Arden. They felt real and while there wasn’t that much development for some characters I still felt like it was enough. I definitely loved to see a healthy brother-brother relationship, because I don’t feel like we see that portrayed very often. The plot in this book is great. There might be a thing or two that I would’ve changed but I immensely enjoyed the story. I liked how the book was built and how it was fast paced. The town Lansburg was perfectly made and if I would’ve lived there I would’ve believed in those aliens too. If you like reading about extraterrestrials or just a really really good hoax than this book is for you! For me it was definitely a can’t-put-it-down book!
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  • Kathy Meulen Ellison
    January 1, 1970
    Chelsea Sedoti’s last novel for young adults was As You Wish,which was a humorous take on a small-town life… if the people of your small town get three wishes when they turn eighteen. It was a really fun “what if” kind of book. All the really fun “what if” kinds of books seem to disappear from the shelves of my high school library. As You Wish disappeared last year and hasn’t been seen since. So I was really excited to hear that Sedoti was coming out with another “what if” kind of book set in a Chelsea Sedoti’s last novel for young adults was As You Wish,which was a humorous take on a small-town life… if the people of your small town get three wishes when they turn eighteen. It was a really fun “what if” kind of book. All the really fun “what if” kinds of books seem to disappear from the shelves of my high school library. As You Wish disappeared last year and hasn’t been seen since. So I was really excited to hear that Sedoti was coming out with another “what if” kind of book set in a small town inhabited with lots of quirky characters who have a way of choosing to do their own thing. It Came From the Skydoes not disappoint. Super geek Gideon Hofstadt convinces his older brother Ishmael to help him out in a science experiment to see whether or not his homemade seismometer actually works. They need to create a small explosion at their family farm. This explosion leaves a crater, which the boys choose to explain away by blaming it on an alien landing. There are many in the town that choose to believe this story and Ishmael is also eager to turn this into the best senior prank that the school has ever seen. Reluctant Gideon goes along because he thinks that this could become a great sociology experiment that might just seal his application to MIT. What they don’t bargain on are the alien truthers out there who descend upon their small town in tents and RVs and a “messianic” founder of a multi level marketing scheme who needs to use the alien story for his own purposes. Truth gets twisted around in this story, which can be lots of fun, especially when the reader is trying to figure out which characters are buying into the story and which aren’t. What is believable is Gideon. He’s the real deal. He likes people and has some really great friends, including a handsome secret boyfriend, but he also needs his privacy and his time away from people, which frustrates his friends and definitely his mom, who doesn’t get his introverted side at all. He’s really a likable character. The ending is unexpected, but also satisfying. Lots of readers will want to try out this one.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to this. I enjoyed Chelsea's book As You Wish very much, and I expected another fun, frothy, light hearted read. I kind of got what I was looking for, a bit?First, what I liked. The relationship between the brothers was great, and I enjoyed seeing it grow and develop as they got deeper into the prank. Also, the occasional moments of pure random fun, like Ishmael insisting on introducing himself exactly the way you're thinking he does, or running into the woods at nig I was really looking forward to this. I enjoyed Chelsea's book As You Wish very much, and I expected another fun, frothy, light hearted read. I kind of got what I was looking for, a bit?First, what I liked. The relationship between the brothers was great, and I enjoyed seeing it grow and develop as they got deeper into the prank. Also, the occasional moments of pure random fun, like Ishmael insisting on introducing himself exactly the way you're thinking he does, or running into the woods at night after a cow. Owen seemed perfectly nice, the little time we spent with him. The style, with the insertion of blogs, articles and interviews, was intriguing.However.I didn't connect with the main character at all. And as an introvert, with an interest in space and science...though not, admittedly, to the point of building my own lab and blowing things up...I should have been able to. He just didn't seem like a real person most of the time, not to me. Honestly, I knew Ishmael for about six lines and I knew why he was asking how to make the explosion bigger. Brainy Gideon couldn't figure it out?It's not a dreadful read! I enjoyed parts of it, and the climax is appropriately satisfying. (Although it didn't occur to Oz to claim that the audio was manipulated?) I'll be looking out for more books by Chelsea. I love the way she mixes something a little bit weird into an otherwise normal world.(But what was going on with Maggie? I never did understand that.)
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  • Rebecca Allen
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up the arc of It Came from the Sky because I loved Chelsea’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. Like her prior book, this one is filled with idiosyncratic characters and off-beat humor. I laughed out loud at the trouble Gideon and his brother get themselves into with understandable yet short-sited decisions.This book started a bit slowly for me because Gideon is an up-tight, science-nerd, but this is exactly what makes him wonderful to follow as the alien mess gets bigger and bigger and I picked up the arc of It Came from the Sky because I loved Chelsea’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. Like her prior book, this one is filled with idiosyncratic characters and off-beat humor. I laughed out loud at the trouble Gideon and his brother get themselves into with understandable yet short-sited decisions.This book started a bit slowly for me because Gideon is an up-tight, science-nerd, but this is exactly what makes him wonderful to follow as the alien mess gets bigger and bigger and he becomes increasingly worried about how it will impact his goal of getting into M.I.T.At a deeper level, the story explores issues of pranks, marketing scams, and fake news. It considers why people might start a fake story and why others might believe them. Its theme of bravery covers not just big issues like admitting the prank after it has spun out of control, but also every-day decisions like trusting friends and allowing yourself to be vulnerable in relationships.Yet the humor throughout allows the book to nonetheless be a light, enjoyable read, perfect in a time when we’re dealing with so many heavy issues.It Came from the Sky will appeal to readers interested in pranks, fake news, friendship & sibling stories, and/or stories about gay male characters in small-town America.Highly recommended.I received a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.At TheWingedPen.com we have dozens of reviews of middle-grade, young-adult and #ownvoice books. Check out our reviews at:thewingedpen.com/category/books/ or just click on Book Recommendations on our home page where you can search by category!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This was a cute read. It was a bit predictable but I loved the characters so that more than made up for it. The style of this book was great and if you’re a librarian, I think a reluctant reader would really enjoy the format.
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  • Callie
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an advanced reader's copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**"Sometimes it's nice to do things just to make people laugh or make their lives more interesting. Twenty years from now everyone will still talk about the time aliens came to their town, and maybe that way they won't have to think about the bad stuff so much."IT CAME FROM THE SKY is by far one of my favorite reads of 2020. As we're wrapped up in a global pandemic and enduring political and social unrest, I fo **I received an advanced reader's copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**"Sometimes it's nice to do things just to make people laugh or make their lives more interesting. Twenty years from now everyone will still talk about the time aliens came to their town, and maybe that way they won't have to think about the bad stuff so much."IT CAME FROM THE SKY is by far one of my favorite reads of 2020. As we're wrapped up in a global pandemic and enduring political and social unrest, I found this book to be absolutely refreshing. It felt like turning on a contemporary version of Netflix's STRANGER THINGS in book form (only everything is fake!) and I was sucked in from the moment I started the book until I finished it. There was no political overtones, no ulterior agenda this book was trying to prove—it was simply a book about teens, a hoax that gets completely out of hand and the adventure that ensues.After Gideon and his brother Ishmael accidentally set off a gigantic explosion that makes a giant crater, they claim that aliens were involved and the a hoax is born. As the days go by and the alien hoax starts to get out of his control, Gideon questions how far is too far without ruining everything he's worked for in his own personal life in pursuit of his own goals.This book has aliens, LGBT representation, a likable protagonist, a thrilling and comedic storyline, the greatest footnotes, and important life lessons for teenagers and adults alike. It's a story about growing, about becoming, and having a laugh and doing sometimes ridiculous things all for the right reasons.Give this book all of the awards—it totally deserves it. (Also @Netflix please make this into a movie because it's amazing.)5/5 stars
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  • Alexina
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, I was given this ARC from the publisher and NetGalley because I previously read Sedoti's "As You Wish" (which I also liked) so Sedoti is definitely an author I enjoy! So, have you ever told a small lie and then watched it spot ridiculously out of control? Yes? No? Well, that's exactly what happens in this book. Gideon, a self-renowned teen scientist who dreams of one day attending MIT and needs the resume to prove his worth, and his older brother, Ishmael, a goofy and mischie First and foremost, I was given this ARC from the publisher and NetGalley because I previously read Sedoti's "As You Wish" (which I also liked) so Sedoti is definitely an author I enjoy! So, have you ever told a small lie and then watched it spot ridiculously out of control? Yes? No? Well, that's exactly what happens in this book. Gideon, a self-renowned teen scientist who dreams of one day attending MIT and needs the resume to prove his worth, and his older brother, Ishmael, a goofy and mischievous teen without a whole lot of direction in his life, accidentally ignite a big explosion on their parents' farm that creates a gigantic crater. And rather than accepting the logical explanation -- that one boy was testing his homemade seismograph and the other boy just wanted to see a big BANG -- the townspeople of Lansburg, Pennsylvania assume the obvious about the creation of the crater: it was aliens. Yep, aliens from outerspace. At first, Gideon wants to squash the rumor to bits but, driven by a desire to perform a social experiment to earn admittance to MIT, the two boys decide to continue forward with the ruse and test how far they can get with their hoax. And, boy, does it get far. It attracts the attention of the media and immediately draws alien-seekers and believers to the area. Not only that, but suddenly several people come forward with stories of being abducted by aliens or seeing strange lights in the night sky. But, how? How is it possible when Gideon and Ishmael have literally made up the whole thing? See, that's the question at the core of this story. As good-humored and funny as this is, Sedoti explores a valid phenomenon that occurs in our world. The idea of mob mentality or that pressure to believe what everyone else believes just to be a part of the majority because it's easier to be of the majority than the minority, right? Sedoti formats this story as though it's straight from Gideon's case study. Chapters are often titled as "observation about ___" or "experiment" or "data from a witness." It's really cool. I wish the digital version allowed me to see the mixed media that she uses throughout the story. Unfortunately I couldn't see those but I'm sure it added to the story. The voice she utilizes is unique and light-hearted and made me laugh at times as she explores this ridiculous, yet true, phenomenon.I highly recommend this one for kids and adults alike!
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warnings: on-page branding and discussion of cow mutilation, pedophilia/underage relationship/statutory rape (no graphic scenes).I discuss these tw's in this review.This review contains mild spoilers.It Came From the Sky follows the story of Gideon, an aspiring MIT student and NASA engineer, who conspires with his prankster brother, Ishmael, to invent and carry out a hoax that aliens have visited their small town . . . And it all started with what was meant to be a small explosion, to te Trigger Warnings: on-page branding and discussion of cow mutilation, pedophilia/underage relationship/statutory rape (no graphic scenes).I discuss these tw's in this review.This review contains mild spoilers.It Came From the Sky follows the story of Gideon, an aspiring MIT student and NASA engineer, who conspires with his prankster brother, Ishmael, to invent and carry out a hoax that aliens have visited their small town . . . And it all started with what was meant to be a small explosion, to test out the ability of the seismograph. Except Ishmael does not listen to his brother, and was curious to see how much more of a big bang they could create . . . and bam. A crater is formed & the lie begins. Throughout the novel - and especially in the beginning - I found it hard to connect with Gideon. While I related to his awkwardness, introverted nature, and his curiosity about space, I often struggled with the way he talked. While part of his characterisation was being closed of to those around him for fear of rejection, failure and humiliation, it extended from the page and to the reader. I don't feel like I ever truly connected to Gideon. While he went on a character arc and journey, I think a lot of the emotional weight was missed by not letting the reader in to his thoughts more & allowing us to connect with him & his struggle to connect with people on a social and intimate level. The scenes where he did finally open up to Ishmael, Owen, Cass, Arden and his dad were good (I shed a tear with the latter), I feel they missed the emotional weight. Especially since once it was shared, it was like 'right! On to the next!'Sedoti combines 'normal' narrative prose with various mixed media formats such as interview transcripts (Gideon's interviews he conducted, and the police), newspaper articles, and posters (some of these were incredibly pretty and felt very authentic with the horrible, but common, comic sans type). (I think the only thing I did not enjoy was the footnotes, and that's because I have not long finished writing my dissertation and degree, so I am feeling sensitive to them lmao. Stop haunting me).My favourite element of this novel though was the relationship between Gideon and Ishmael. I really enjoyed seeing them become closer and more understanding of each other, and the support they provided the other. They had an enjoyable dynamic.Again, I liked the relationship between Gideon and Owen, but the novel failed to invest time in to developing them and exploring that dynamic that it felt lackluster. As stated, Gideon has his reservations about everyone, and this leads him to making some really!! silly!! decisions!! that have not only an impact on him, but Owen. While the author gave this a resolution in the end, I felt incredibly frustrated that the entire novel spent time showing Gideon treating Owen badly for it to end in a conversation. (view spoiler)[I really liked that Owen did not just immediately accept or forgave Gideon, and was like this is something we need to work on. Before that, it was just text messages of leave me alone, Gideon moping before he finally realises that, despite his feelings, he was a massive jerk and needs to make things better. I don't know. I think I would have liked a few more conversations and investment in the relationship other than Gideon being rude and Owen just sighing at him, for it to then end like this. (hide spoiler)]As for the hoax, it was incredibly wild - and fun - to see how one small lie about the crater being formed by a meteorite then snowballed in to seeing lights, shapes . . . and then seeing how it got picked up on by conspiracy theorists, and how others then began saying they had 'close encounters' as well. I think the only thing I didn't like about this whole hoax storyline is that in the end, they essentially just got away with all the destruction that they caused?? And there was no concern for their mental state (I mean (view spoiler)[Ismael literally had Gideon BRAND him with a crop circle design to sell the story. Gideon states at the end that he is going in to theory, but that's more to work on his social skills and those feelings, which is GREAT, but also what about Ishmael?! (hide spoiler)]).Another thing I did not like was the relationship between Oz and Arden & how the author handled it. It was thrown in for shock factor - and another reason to show how much Oz is the absolute worst - and to push Gideon/Arden closer together, and that was . . . it. The whole thing was mostly brushed over, everyone being more concerned with the fact that Oz is a scam artist as opposed to the fact that he is a pedophile. In the end, he is arrested as Gideon asks Arden to come forward, seeming as the police/FBI do not think they have sufficient evidence to arrest him for scamming (Gideon compares this to Al Capone being arrested for tax evasion). So, while it was good that Oz got arrested for that & will hopefully face the consequences . . . I do not feel it was handled well at all. It was thrown in for the shock, and then dismissed, and then in the end it only became relevant again for Gideon to use to get himself out of trouble.Overall, It Came From the Sky is not an awful book, but it misses many of it's emotional punches and fails to treat topics with the seriousness and care that they deserve. It would have benefitted from cutting down on these storylines/characters, to give more focus and attention to the main dynamics and topics.Thank you to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for providing me with this e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this nerdy little book. Content warning below.(view spoiler)[TW for underage relationships/statutory rape (off-page, not graphic). It gets taken care of, but be prepared. (hide spoiler)] Loved this nerdy little book. Content warning below.(view spoiler)[TW for underage relationships/statutory rape (off-page, not graphic). It gets taken care of, but be prepared. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ekta
    January 1, 1970
    In order to get out of trouble for a science experiment gone wrong, two teens convince their entire town that aliens have landed. Soon the hoax spins out of their control, and the brothers have just as hard a time as anyone else remembering that the aliens “came” because of them. Author Chelsea Sedoti treats her characters with humor and compassion in the funny YA novel It Came From the Sky.Gideon Hofstadt has one simple rule for involving his older brother, Ishmael, in science experiments: not In order to get out of trouble for a science experiment gone wrong, two teens convince their entire town that aliens have landed. Soon the hoax spins out of their control, and the brothers have just as hard a time as anyone else remembering that the aliens “came” because of them. Author Chelsea Sedoti treats her characters with humor and compassion in the funny YA novel It Came From the Sky.Gideon Hofstadt has one simple rule for involving his older brother, Ishmael, in science experiments: not to involve him. Even at 16, Gideon is a serious scientist, and Ishmael is…not. He’s a goofball, more interested in enjoying his senior year of high school. It’s better not to let him help so that Gideon can conduct his experiments and work toward admission to MIT and his dream job at NASA.Except Ishmael keeps badgering him to help with the one experiment that’s truly a two-person job. Gideon caves and lets Ishmael set the explosives around their family farm in Lansburg, Pennsylvania, so he can create literal waves on a seismograph in Ohio. Doing an experiment that will manifest on a scientific instrument hundreds of miles away makes Gideon so excited he doesn’t consider what could possibly go wrong.And it does with a blast. Instead of a small explosion, Ishmael’s “help” craters the farm. As in, an actual crater is blown into the land. When their parents and the police arrive, Ishmael blurts out that aliens visited the farm. The news starts to spread like wildfire.Before long people from across the region and then across the country start to trek to the site of the “alien landing.” Some totally believe the aliens were there; others are just curious about all the fuss. They’re coming to town in droves, though, and setting up camp, waiting for the aliens to come back.One of these people is J. Quincy Oswald, the creator and CEO of a line of health products called myTality. Gideon can’t stand the guy, but his mother is enamored with the man. As a top distributor of the myTality product line, Gideon and Ishmael’s mother swears by the stuff. Things really start to get weird when Oswald claims to have been visited and even abducted by aliens himself. Gideon doesn’t know what to make of it all at first, but he figures out soon enough that Oswald must be running a hoax of his own. The more he digs, the more he realizes that hoax might have darker implications. Now it’s a matter of who out-hoaxes who…that is, if Gideon can keep ignoring that little voice in the back of his head that urges him to give himself up and do the right thing.Author Chelsea Sedoti builds a three-dimensional, relatable character in Gideon. His frustration with his brother is balanced by his affection for him. The two of them created the mess together, and even as Gideon’s discomfort with the hoax makes him hesitant to perpetuate it he can’t deny that Ishmael is right there with him every step of the way. The focus on the brothers’ relationship is refreshing and fun to watch.Sedoti also gives Gideon a love interest and all the trappings of teenage love with it. Gideon views himself as a loser and doesn’t know why anyone would want to stay with him. As the hoax grows by leaps and bounds, so does his lack of confidence in his ability to keep his relationship intact. The juxtaposition Sedoti offers is an interesting one and true to life for the book’s target audience.On the surface, the book’s premise might seem a touch incredulous but Sedoti backs up every single outlandish development with a real-life scenario just plausible enough to make it happen. While Sedoti might be faulted for making Gideon a little too much like characters from “The Big Bang Theory,” she still gets full marks for rounding out Gideon’s superior intellect with uncertainty. He’s a smart kid, but he’s also fully aware that even his most intelligent experiment is having consequences in a big way.Readers who enjoy a fun book with a plot that blurs the lines of reality will certainly like this. I recommend they Bookmark It Came From the Sky.
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  • Mayela
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved the previous Chelsea Sedoti books I read, especially The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and was coming in with high expectations. Sedoti's writing continues to be fresh, humorous, and engaging. Her strength really lies on the relationships she builds, how real they feel. I loved the sibling relationships with Gideon, our MC, his rebel brother Ishmael, and sister Maggie. The First of all, thank you to Sourcebooks for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved the previous Chelsea Sedoti books I read, especially The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and was coming in with high expectations. Sedoti's writing continues to be fresh, humorous, and engaging. Her strength really lies on the relationships she builds, how real they feel. I loved the sibling relationships with Gideon, our MC, his rebel brother Ishmael, and sister Maggie. The friendships and romantic relationships were also believable and important for the plot, even if the latter did tend to run a bit into high school drama cliche of the "oh you could do so much better" variety. However, the faux aliens issue, which is what the whole plot hinges on, really, was hard to swallow. I didn't find the reasons why all these characters who knew the whole thing was a hoax went along with it. I can't go into detail without spoilers, but I kept thinking... would you really go to these lengths because of that? Same for much of what Maggie does. Perhaps it would have worked better if we the readers didn't know that it was a hoax, so there would have been some suspense and some of the plot points could have rested on that "do these kids really think there were aliens?" as opposed to "why are they going along with this nonsense?" Another problematic issue was the underage relationship between a grown man, aptly characterized as a snake oil manipulator, and a teenager. While the adult does get his comeuppance, it never feels like the issue is appropriately dealt with from the teen's side. If we're bringing in heavy topics, we need to give them the time they deserve. The format was innovative, with the narration including interviews and collected data. This sometimes worked really well and at other times took me out of the story in a way I didn't appreciate. Aside from the solid writing, what made me give it three stars (which is a good thing in my rating book, by the way) was the fact that there was diversity in the characters. Our MC is on the spectrum, he's a bit of an outcast, a science fanboy, and he's gay. His boyfriend is a popular athlete and student body president and he's nice. The police chief is a woman. No cliches here. Sedoti also wrote something uncommon: a family with parents present. Often times in YA books, much like in teen TV shows, parents seldom appear thanks to convenient plot devices, so the kids can run wild. I liked seeing the family dynamics at play. Overall, it's a fun book with a unique storyline that might not be for everyone, but the writing and the characters really shine.
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  • Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye
    January 1, 1970
    This alien story comes from As You Wish author Chelsea Sedoti. Unlike the magical world in that book, this one stays perfectly in our magic less realm/Gideon likes doing science experiments in the shed. One day, while working a seismograph, his brother causes his test to go awry and make a big explosion on their parent's farm. At first, the white lie covers up the danger of explosion but then it morphs quickly into a tale of extraterrestrial beings. Gideon at first fight this misconception but g This alien story comes from As You Wish author Chelsea Sedoti. Unlike the magical world in that book, this one stays perfectly in our magic less realm/Gideon likes doing science experiments in the shed. One day, while working a seismograph, his brother causes his test to go awry and make a big explosion on their parent's farm. At first, the white lie covers up the danger of explosion but then it morphs quickly into a tale of extraterrestrial beings. Gideon at first fight this misconception but gives in when he sees it as sociological experiment and one that get him in to MIT.I enjoyed the main voice being someone who is not neurotypical. Gideon never has it all together. His thought differently than his friends and his voice will resonant with many readers. The author makes no big deal about this aspect of his character by labeling and bringing attention, Gideon just is without expectation.The rest of the characters. However, are all flat. Despite this, I loved Ishmael. He is a lovable oaf and this plays off Gideon's seriousness well. Other character don't fare so well. The sister seemed out of place and really didn't interact with Gideon so the readers didn't really get to know her or her motivations a well.Story wise, I was at first intrigued about the hoax. I enjoyed aliens in history including the variety of hoaxes and misconceptions. So thigh splayed in my wheelhouse. But the book pivots making a villain out of a Multi Level Marketing CEO. Comparing the characters hoaxes seemed a little extreme. I'm not big into MLMs and know for most people it's just a pyramid scheme gone wrong. But I know friends who have made it a business and who will be mighty pissed at this idea. There are many an example of modern cults that might have been a much better match in gravity. But I wonder if the author moved away from religion on purpose as that might cause even more bad attitudes from parents than calling out their Mary Kay or Avon.While the first half of the book pulled me on, I was unsatisfied in the ending. There wasn't a big enough payout. The main character makes some introspective changes but nothing but the punishments for the hoax are pretty nonexistence. I wanted to see how do you handle that? What would actually happen in the real world if these kids had been caught?Over all I was disappointed in It Came From the Sky having read As You Wish. While there are some good aspects to this tale, the ending of the hoax leaves a bad taste in my mouth.I received an ARC from the Publisher; all opinions are my own.
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  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    Two brothers, science loving Gideon and fun loving Ishmael, have to think fast when a science experiment goes wrong and decide to blame it on aliens. For very different reasons they decide to see just how far they can take this story turned hoax. They just never expected it to take over their lives so thoroughly or test so many relationships. As people come from all over, believers, skeptics, and people who just want to look up and see more, Gideon quickly finds himself struggling with control. Two brothers, science loving Gideon and fun loving Ishmael, have to think fast when a science experiment goes wrong and decide to blame it on aliens. For very different reasons they decide to see just how far they can take this story turned hoax. They just never expected it to take over their lives so thoroughly or test so many relationships. As people come from all over, believers, skeptics, and people who just want to look up and see more, Gideon quickly finds himself struggling with control. ***This was an interesting concept. Told in a report style, complete with interviews, transcripts of conversations, articles, and more Gideon tells the story of what happened with the alien hoax he and his brother created. It is a goofy, hilarious story. Gideon is an awkward person that doesn’t really know how to handle human interaction (relatable) and keeps making a mess of things due to his inability to read social cues or having a handle on them in general. Gideon really starts to find himself though and step out of his comfort zone and learn there is more to the world than the tight parameters he’s set for himself, and doesn’t have to change who he is to come to these realizations. He doesn’t become magically extroverted but he puts himself out there a bit more to the people closest to him and gets a better handle on himself and I love it. There are a lot of great things in this story, the different relationships Gideon has for example. His family, especially his brother, are a big part of his story throughout (I adore Maggie). His friends and his relationship with them changes and grows and reflect his own growth. His relationship with his boyfriend was interesting, we don’t see much of him, and a lot of that has to do with Gideon’s problem of how he perceives and internalizes things at the beginning, and his relationship with his boyfriend reflects a lot of his problems. Owen was incredibly patient and kind in handling things the way he did, it would have been very frustrating for him to be treated as he was. ***Overall I enjoyed the book, it was slow going and incredibly ridiculous and strange and fun all in one.***Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Meigan
    January 1, 1970
    IT CAME FROM THE SKY was such a weird and strange little book and I love weird and strange. What started off as a simple experiment quickly goes wrong, and two brothers have an idea to turn it into a harmless prank, where it then morphs into a giant hoax that seemingly brings an entire town together. Gideon and Ishmael are at the center of this wild tale and through the course of interviews, collected data, event recaps, and even more data (thanks, Gideon!), the story of how aliens really and tr IT CAME FROM THE SKY was such a weird and strange little book and I love weird and strange. What started off as a simple experiment quickly goes wrong, and two brothers have an idea to turn it into a harmless prank, where it then morphs into a giant hoax that seemingly brings an entire town together. Gideon and Ishmael are at the center of this wild tale and through the course of interviews, collected data, event recaps, and even more data (thanks, Gideon!), the story of how aliens really and truly invaded the sleepy town of Lansburg, Pennsylvania unfolds. Ok, not really. Though some people will still choose to believe. Gideon and Ishmael are brothers who are opposites in every sense of the word — Gideon is a true introvert, Ishmael is most definitely an extrovert, one likes numbers and graphs and facts and definites, while the other prefers to fly by the seat of his pants, and when it comes to The Hoax, one wants to keep it as tightly controlled as any proper experiment should be, while the other wants it to be Big and Sensational. But despite all of their differences, Gideon and Ishmael have that unbreakable bond that only the closest of siblings can have, and I adored each of them as individuals and as their little quirky team. While The Hoax and the events surrounding it acts as the body of the story, Gideon and Ishmael, their relationship with one another and their friends and parents form the heart of the story. I’ve read Sedoti’s previous novels and if they’ve taught me anything, it’s that she is really good at crafting a story around her characters, rather than trying to insert characters into a story. Her characters and their relationships are always the stars, anything after that is just a bonus. And if all of the above hasn’t yet persuaded you to pick up this book, there’s also a little bit of romance between Gideon and Owen thrown in for good measure. Bottom line — IT CAME FROM THE SKY was such a fun, feel good book that we all need right now. Do yourself a favor and pick it up, and then do yourself another favor and pick up Sedoti’s other books when you finish. She’s definitely on the fast track to becoming one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to see what she brings next. *eARC received via NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Lisa Mandina
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this was a REALLY long book. I did enjoy it, when I picked it up it was something that I just kept turning the pages as I read to get through the story, and see how it would all turn out. Honestly, there was a lot in this book. Not only did we have just your regular story parts, there were pages of the extra documentation that you find in a lot of books now. Interview transcripts, website posts with their comments, text conversations, and even little interludes where our main narrator gave u Wow this was a REALLY long book. I did enjoy it, when I picked it up it was something that I just kept turning the pages as I read to get through the story, and see how it would all turn out. Honestly, there was a lot in this book. Not only did we have just your regular story parts, there were pages of the extra documentation that you find in a lot of books now. Interview transcripts, website posts with their comments, text conversations, and even little interludes where our main narrator gave us kind of extra thoughts or expansions of the thoughts we got within the story parts.I am a huge fan of the TV show, The Big Bang Theory, and so there were a lot of things in here that totally connected to that. First, our main character Gideon, is totally a Sheldon type of character. Except for he is more like the actor who plays Sheldon in that he is gay. And then, Gideon’s last name is Hofstadt, which is part of the character Leonard on TBBT’s last name, Hofstadter.There were a lot of different things going on the story thought besides just the UFO hoax that Gideon was working on. There was his younger sister and her sudden obsession with cults. There was his father not being happy with what he’d been doing the last so many years of basically being a stay-at-home dad. His mother’s myTality business and the crazy leader of that group. Gideon’s best friends at school, learning to trust the new member of his group. Gideon worrying about having a relationship with Owen, the only other openly gay boy in the town. Wanting to get into his first choice school, M.I.T., but other things in his life dragging him down from being the valedictorian. So yeah, pretty much what a teenager feels like their life is.It was a good story, just maybe a bit overlong, I can see some things that didn’t necessarily need as much time as they got, but that’s just my opinion. Nothing was not a part of the story, nothing didn’t fit. All in all a really good contemporary story since as we’re told from the synopsis, it is just a hoax. Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature.
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  • Kacey
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.I was getting worn out by all the YA fantasy I've been reading lately, so this turned out to be a breath of fresh air. It had some good humor, ridiculous scenarios, well-developed characters, and an engaging story. I always wanted to know what would happen next.My biggest critiques stem from this being an uncorrected copy. There were a lot of ins Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.I was getting worn out by all the YA fantasy I've been reading lately, so this turned out to be a breath of fresh air. It had some good humor, ridiculous scenarios, well-developed characters, and an engaging story. I always wanted to know what would happen next.My biggest critiques stem from this being an uncorrected copy. There were a lot of instances when words were smashed together, and a few times where it felt like words were completely missing from sentences. Also, there were a lot of blank pages that I'm sure will be filled with pictures or flyers or whatever it is that was meant to be shown. I'm sure those visuals would change the reading experience. The footnotes were awkwardly formatted as well, again something that probably came from this being uncorrected, or maybe from being an e-book. I don't want to fault the book for these things, but they did detract from the reading experience.As for the story itself, I'm a little on the fence on how it was presented. It would have been more interesting if it was presented from an outside perspective showing all of this happen, but then again the summary ruins it by saying right off the bat what's going on. I guess having the interviews wasn't a bad idea, but it was a little off-putting how bluntly honest they all were. I couldn't help thinking "why would they say that to this person". I'm also not sure how I feel about the climax of the book. A part of me wishes it would've stuck just to the alien hoax.On the plus side, though, all the characters were very unique and fleshed-out. I really liked Gideon and Ishmael's bond as brothers. I also liked how it showed all of Gideon's anxieties and fears, and how he grew over the course of the book. It is a shame that some of the characters faded into the background, but overall they were interesting and I liked following them on this crazy journey. It was fun and entertaining, and it did have a nice message about being curious. I wasn't blown away by it, but I enjoyed myself.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The sky is filled with many wonders and has fascinated the minds of many, but this time what it uncovers are some difficult to accept truths in the lives of those in a small town in Chelsea Sedoti’s It Came From The Sky. To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.A science experiment gone wrong sets off a series of strange events that grow continually more extraordinary such that the residents of Lansburg, Pennsylvania believe that aliens have The sky is filled with many wonders and has fascinated the minds of many, but this time what it uncovers are some difficult to accept truths in the lives of those in a small town in Chelsea Sedoti’s It Came From The Sky. To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.A science experiment gone wrong sets off a series of strange events that grow continually more extraordinary such that the residents of Lansburg, Pennsylvania believe that aliens have visited their town. But Gideon Hofstadt knows the truth, because it was his experiment, which his brother Ishmael messed up that accidentally increased the impact of the otherwise carefully and scientifically planned explosion on their family farm, and Ishmael subsequently tried to shift the blame for the damage by claiming it was from extraterrestrial activity. When people in Lansburg, and from further away, seem to embrace this wild claim, the brothers continue to develop new elements of the hoax until it grows beyond their control.A fun, entertaining, and, at times, wild read, the story moves quickly as it becomes increasingly more unreal, evolving and adding in new facets to the alien hoax that makes the narrative more convoluted. The characters were relatable and distinct, if not overly developed, and the analytical, overthinking mind of Gideon resonates for those who are very much INSIDE their heads while also demonstrating his character flaws, which allows room for him to grow once he acknowledges and confronts them. The ridiculousness of the scenario pulled me out of the story to question how and why the parents were allowing this to continue and I appreciated when the text briefly addressed that concern, otherwise the suspension of disbelief would have been a massive undertaking to maintain. The multiple formats used throughout the narrative included interviews, texts, blog posts, and articles, which was a nice method of breaking up the more traditional text and offer some different perspectives of the story’s development.Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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