Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

July 19, 2014 2.5 stars, Book Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult 31 ★★½

Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy SaxonTake Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Series: Take Back the Skies #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 3, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .


Take Back the Skies

I really wanted to like this one. In fact, I did like this one… right up until the last 2-3 chapters. Although some of it was a bit unbelievable… well a lot of it actually… What’s funny is I enjoyed reading the book even with the unbelievable parts and the love triangle and the sappy do gooders, the ending just killed it for me… So, my advice: Read up to the last couple of chapters and call it quits. There were so many ways they could have ended this better. But, backing up… let’s start at the beginning. So, Cathrine is born into the ruling class after the royalty mysteriously disappear. Her father is a government official and her mother is bedridden. Her father signs Cathrine’s betrothal papers and it’s time for her to RUN!

The stowaway

Cathrine stows away on an airship pretending to be an orphan boy, just Cat. She has a typical girl crush on another orphaned boy the crew has rescued named Fox (yeah it’s that cheesy). She learns when she travels out of her zone that the government has been lying to the people about a war going on, a war that they have been collecting children (13+ years old) to go fight. If the war is over what are they doing with the children? She persuades the flight crew on the airship she is on to try to find out.

To really get into why I just COULDN’T like this one no matter how much I wanted to you have to read the spoiler but… if you are going to read the book DO NOT READ THE SPOILER, it will completely ruin it for you. TRUST ME. Then again… you know what else will ruin it for you? Reading the last chapters!

The Spoiler

View Spoiler »

Sum it up already

Take Back the Skies is enjoyable but an unbelievable cute story with a HORRIBLE ending. Read up to the last chapters and then PUT IT DOWN. You have been warned.


Gamer girl extraordinaire, law student, mother of twin boys and one lil girl. I can often be found taking care of my family, working on home renovation projects, reading, gaming, and all the while text warring with Tabitha.

31 Responses to “Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon”

  1. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I read the spoiler because I never had the intention of actually reading the book. What is up with that ending?! Ugh so nonsensical. Even without reading the spoiler I really wouldn’t touch this book. I have yet to read a single good review. It’s sad because it could’ve been such a good book. Great review, Tina. Hopefully your next read will be much better.
    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms recently posted…Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth MayMy Profile

  2. Megan (Adrift on Vulcan)

    Still on that bad-books streak, Tina? I feel ya. I haven’t read a single non-meh book in weeks and I’m getting tired. I don’t think I’ve read a single positive review for Take Back the Skies either, but what’s pretty remarkable is what Sarah said: it’s amazing how the author managed to ruin everything in the last few chapters! HOW?!

    Lol, I’m surprised that you enjoyed the unrealisticness and the love triangle so much because I don’t think I would have been able to take it. I read the spoiler and wow, it sounds like the author was trying to speed things up by making everything soooo convenient… like how no one can hear super loud gunshots! Are people deaf in the future or something? And not to mention the unnecessary drama! So I wasn’t expecting F-man to die, but yeah, that was a pretty stupid move on Cat’s part. I wonder if there’s a sequel, because the ending seemed like such a cheap way to end the book.

    Even though I’m a huge fan of sci-fi, I’m definitely not going to read this one after finding out what happens in the end. Sorry you had to go through all that disappointment in the last two chapters! Must’ve been horrible. All the same, thanks for the review, Tina!
    Megan (Adrift on Vulcan) recently posted…This Week: How Do You Cope?My Profile

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    Okay, I read the spoiler because I read up to 50% and couldn’t take anymore, didn’t really like Cat, or Fox and ugh just found it painful, so DNF’D it, and WTF?! Really? Who thought that was a good idea? We’ve all read horrible endings but that just takes the cake. Now I’m really glad I didn’t suffer through the whole thing. Bad ending. Bad, bad ending. 🙁
    Kirsty-Marie recently posted…Review: The Young WorldMy Profile