Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard
"The signs are everywhere, Jory's stepfather, Caleb, says. Red leaves in the springtime. Pages torn from a library book. All the fish in an aquarium facing the same way. A cracked egg with twin yolks. Everywhere and anywhere. And because of them, Jory's life is far from ordinary. He must follow a very specific set of rules: don't trust anyone outside the family, have your work boots at the ready just in case, and always, always watch out for the signs. The end is coming, and they must be prepared.
School is Jory's only escape from Caleb's tight grasp. With the help of new friends, he begins to explore a world beyond his family's farm. Then Caleb notifies the family that the time has come for final preparations: digging in their backyard canyon at night. Every night.
As the hole gets deeper, so does Jory's doubt about whether Caleb's prophecy is true. When the real reason for their digging becomes clear, Jory must choose between living his own life or following behind Caleb, shutting his eyes to the bright world he's just begun to see."- summary from Amazon
This is a crazy book to read. Hubbard creates such a suffocating atmosphere whenever Jory is home under the watchful eye of his father Caleb and a freeing, curious atmosphere at school and with his new friends. It's so weird knowing that families and larger cults like this exist in the world. It's an interesting journey too following Jory along as he sees the outside world, learns more about it, and opens his mind to the rational. The climax of the book is suspenseful and unexpected, pulling the reader quickly along to see how the confrontation turns out.
Overall, a very good, insightful book and I can't wait to read more from Hubbard.
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