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review 2015-12-21 02:33
Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Breaking Sky - Cori McCarthy

Originally, it had been the cover of Cori McCarthy’s Breaking Sky that had me interested in picking up the novel and giving it a read. The description alone had me hooked. A story about a teenage girl growing up In the middle of war times flying a super-secret military jet? And then that same girl ends up meeting a super-secret fellow pilot and the ball gets rolling on their story? It was a promising premise, however after having finished Breaking Sky I have to admit that the novel wasn’t at all what I imagined it to be.

               Set in the year 2048, protagonist Chase Harcourt is one of the junior Air Force Academy’s elite Streaker pilots. With fast reactions, reckless wit and an impulsive form of independence, Chase is renown around the Academy under her call sign ‘Nyx’ as one of the only two Streaker pilots in existence. With her best friend, Pip, beside her both on ground and in the sky, there isn’t anything Chase can’t do.

With America under heavy scrutiny as a world war has broken out with China as the opposing force, Chase discovers that there’s a third Streaker with an up-and-coming pilot of its own. When circumstances force both Chase and this third pilot—Tristan—to meet, she realizes that he’s everything a girl could want. Cocky. Sexy. Dangerous. Intense. But with a war unfolding all around them, Chase is aware that at any given moment she might have to go out and defend her country.

               Considering Breaking Sky’s premise I was very excited to be introduced to the novel’s leading lady. Chase appeared to be a strong female character who doesn’t take anything from anybody. I absolutely love female characters who can kick your ass and then walk away flipping their hair over their shoulder (or something along those lines) and eagerly expected much of the same from Chase. However, I found that almost constantly I was unable to truly get connected to Chase as a character. All the reasons that I should have felt bad for her only made me dislike her. I was unable to sympathize or empathize with her character and often wished that we could have been given the story through Tristan’s point of view as a result.

               Overall, I had a very hard time getting fully immersed in Breaking Sky. There were a lot of high and low points without much excitement in between. What I can say about McCarthy’s prose is that I particularly enjoyed reading her descriptions of Chase’s flights—which, luckily, occur frequently throughout the novel. Whenever Chase is flying one of the Streakers I found myself falling in love with the prose. The way that the moments are described by McCarthy are very well-done and make it easy for readers to envision the scene in their imagination through the imagery.

               Personally, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance that was introduced into the storyline. While I do think that a lot of readers who are just entering YA literature will appreciate the side-plot and even swoon over the third Streaker pilot, Tristan, I couldn’t get into it. It all felt very rushed and forced in my honest opinion. I do wish that there had been a bit more slow-burn build-up to the romance involving Chase and Tristan but without it I got a very insta-love vibe.

               I would recommend Breaking Sky to readers who are big fans of aviation. Any readers who are also interested in reading a novel set in a dystopian universe that focuses on what can happen in the sky rather than on the ground should definitely give Breaking Sky a read. Any readers who are looking to enter YA and dip their toes in the waters (as they say) should also pick this novel up and give it a go.

Source: www.chapter-by-chapter.com/review-breaking-sky-by-cori-mccarthy
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review 2015-03-08 00:00
Breaking Sky
Breaking Sky - Cori McCarthy This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

3 Stars!

I liked this book. I didn't love it but I found it to be rather entertaining. When I first saw the description for this book, I couldn't wait to read it. I immediately thought of the movie "Top Gun" but with a dystopian twist. After reading the book, I really have a lot of mixed feelings about it.


I think that there were some things that were done really well in this book. The story was incredibly fast paced with a lot of action. The characters in this book fly jets - they don't have time to sit around. I liked the flying scenes - the descriptions made it so easy to visualize these planes flying at unimaginable speeds. I liked most of the characters in the story. I actually liked almost all of the characters more than I liked the main character, Chase.

There was quite a few things that I didn't like about this book. I thought it was too much like the movie "Top Gun". Way too much. I have seen that movie many times since it was first released and I know the story pretty well. It was really very disappointing to see so much of the book mirroring that movie. I felt the need to go watch the movie as soon as I finished the book to be honest.

I also found it a bit strange that this group of teenagers are who the United States plans to rely upon to save our country. The manner in which Chase, or Nyx, flys is oftentimes reckless and almost always lacks sound judgement. I wouldn't let her drive my car and I certainly wouldn't let her do some of the stunts she pulls in a plane that could be the country's last hope. I would have liked to know a little bit more about how the world became what it is in this story as well.


I didn't like Chase very much. I understand that things have not always been easy for her but she treats everyone terribly. She does open up to Tristan as the book progresses but it seemed to me to be too little and too late. I didn't understand how all the boys seemed to fall all over her - it just doesn't make sense to me. Chase's character did evolve some and became more likable towards the end of the book.

The parts of the book that I didn't care for as much didn't completely overwhelm the excitement of the story. There are a whole lot of scenes that are simply based on being in the air at the control of these powerful jets. I do think that this book will widely appeal to a teen audience. I realize that I am not the target audience for this book and I do think that teens will find the story quite exciting.

I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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review 2014-12-29 15:14
Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Breaking Sky - Cori McCarthy

Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Breaking Sky is the new dystopia to look forward to read on 2015. I'm so glad I have read this one though it took me a while to finish this because of some unfamiliar terms used in this book. I absolutely love the aeronautic concept in this story. It's exciting, thrilling, just imagining yourself in a fighting jet.. it's an adrenaline rush.

Chase "Nyx" Harcourt is one of the two star pilots to fly an experimental streaker jets against the Red Drones from Ri Xiong Di. Her character is really fascinating, she might be annoying at times but she is one badass lady pilot. She's tough, brave, and a risk taker. Absolutely "Team Nyx" All the way! I also love the little romance between her and Tristan. (I love Tristan.. SERIOUSLY) :)

One thing is for sure, I am looking forward to the next installment. I definitely recommended this if you love dystopia novels like Legend trilogy or Under the Never Sky trilogy

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1134118405?book_show_action=false
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