Series: Take Back the Skies #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on June 3, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science fiction, Young Adult
*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!
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!
View Spoiler »They infiltrate the government building just her and you know her crew... no problem. Her and the boy she has a major crush on go deep into the building and find a locked door, behind it (which he can hack the lock no problem) they find the missing Queen and Prince... the prince her mother all but betrothed her to when they were kids. So, a love triangle ensues saved only by the fact that Cat isn't interested in the prince at all because all she wants in the crew boy Fox. Okay, so they find out all the children are being experimented on to make an augmented cyborgish type army... most of them are dying in gruesome ways. They go ahead and evacuate them to the Cat's old house, that is now vacant because her mom died and her dad... well her dad tries to kill her so Fox goes ahead and kills him in the government building, but don't worry the gunshots and what not didn't pull any attention to them. Anyhow, her dad lets loose the info that their is another sky ship hiding with the survivors of these experiments ready to start a war. So, they broadcast all this info to the other zones governments and the crew decides to go ahead and try to find and take on the sky ship full of war cyborgs themselves. They manage to get on board and kill the leader there, but the leader's son kills Fox... so Cat goes ahead in the final chapters of the books and does EXACTLY what she swore she'd never do and marries the prince... you know for the good of the realm or some crap. « Hide 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.