BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy


Age Range: 12 - 16
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Teen pilots fight for the cause in a dystopian future.

Despite her checkered past, Chase Harcourt has become one of the top pilots in the United Star Academy. Going by the call sign "Nyx," Chase and her team are piloting the Streakers, a new aircraft that may be America's last hope in ending the Second Cold War. While out on a routine training exercise, Chase sees something that should be impossible: a Streaker with enemy markings. Even though her superiors and commanding officers call her crazy, Chase has no choice but to find out what exactly she saw, even if it means breaking every rule in the book. Mixing the thrills of Top Gun and the political intrigue of the Hunger Games makes for an alluring read. Leading with a strong, multifaceted female character certainly won't hurt the novel's chances with its target demographic. It’s no stretch to imagine a Hollywood announcement of development soon after release. And they’d be right to do so: The author’s storytelling is incredibly cinematic, equally adept at capturing extended flight sequences and Chase's interpersonal struggles. Emotions run high toward the novel's end, and the author isn't afraid to play a bit rough, making this feel less like a novel capitalizing on current trends and more like a great story being told in a very cool way. 

Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing. (Dystopian thriller. 12-16)

Pub Date: March 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4926-0141-8
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015


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