Meet Olympia. As you will soon discover, Olympia hates everything and everyone. She hates her job but uses it as self-affirmation that she has achieved something in her life. She hates her ex-boyfriend because he cared too much and got too close, and when he starts dating her friend, she kicks them both out of her life for good. She hates the advertisements on the street, plastering the walls of buildings around her. She hates the fact that her cat is very needy, knows for sure that no one is really genuine in wishing her well. She sees kindness as a threat because all people have ulterior motives. All she really wants is to be left alone, not to be bothered with anything, just some peace and quiet. And after a major panic attack she gets exactly that. Peace and quiet and not one living thing on this planet bothering her. But what do you do when you get exactly what you asked for? What do you do when you wake up being the only person on Earth? As humans we desire the things we don't have. We are never happy with what we got. So we should be careful what we ask for. "Blue Skies" is the start of the Atopia Chronicles by Matthew Mather. It was a quick read with only about 40 something pages, and while nothing really happens in this story, with Olympia being this rather unpleasant person I can relate to for some strange reasons, the book manages to keep me interested until the end. There is no action but a lot of "think". It is the irony between advertisement and marketing working on marketing and advertising something that keeps all of this out of your life. It is about the majority of people striving for achievements that don't necessarily make you happy. Definitely going to read the rest of this series of Sidequels, as Mather calls them. They don't follow a particular order, and I am curious what awaits me next.