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review 2018-03-03 16:57
The Sky Is Yours
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

I can not start to describe The Sky Is Yours, but I'm sure it will end up on my most talked out list for sure. Dragons (who seem to just be there) have taken over Empire Island and the surviving humans try to make the best of it run either by the super-rich or the mafia. Amidst all this, Duncan and Swanny prepare their forced marriage. And then, hell breaks lose.

I feel conflicted about The Sky Is Yours. At first, I didn't know what to think about it, and honestly, I was having some trouble to keep my attention focused on the book. Duncan and Swanny are both rather flawed characters, which made them interesting and a little bit annoying at the same time, but I couldn't figure out what kind of book it wanted to be (after reading all of it, I'm still not sure).

What I can say though is that it is unlike any of the other Dystopian or dragon filled books that I've read, and I've read quite a few. This is one of those books I can only classify as genre-defying. Is it all good? No, there are quite a few stereotypes being played out and some of it is just a bit too much. Would I recommend it? That's a difficult one, since it certainly isn't for everyone, however it had something of a fresh tone (that we so desperately need in the Dystopian scene) so I'm looking forward to Chandler Klang Smith's next work.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-02-17 14:00
The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

This book fits into so many genres: dystopia, fantasy, science fiction, and I could add more. This is definitely found this interesting and there was a lot going on. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something different then the normal. This is definitely intended for adults.


In this we a have a city that is clnstantly being terrorized by two dragons. The dragons have been targeting this city for a very long time. Some people have fled, others have chose to stick it out. In this world the wealthy are “safe” in their fancy homes in the outskirts of the city. In the city it is constant chaos not only because of the dragons, but also gangs.


I dislike all three of the main characters, but i think it is supposed to be this way.


There is so much in this book I seriously wonder why it wasn’t a series instead of a single installment.




Chandler Klang Smith is a graduate of Bennington College and the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. Her new novel THE SKY IS YOURS is now available from Hogarth/Crown. She lives in New York City.


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text 2018-02-08 17:38
Chandler Klang Smith - The Sky is Yours
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

Here is a city, and the city is burning.


There are two dragons, the yellow and the green. One would be an aberration, a hundred would be a proliferation, but two: two is a species, either dying off or just getting started.


The city is burning, and yet people stay. Stubborn, persistent, stupid: people stay. The penniless poor and the filthy rich, the ones with nowhere left to go, the ones who haven't learned to live anywhere else: people stay. Someone always stays behind.


Here is what scientists have learned:

1. The dragons lever land.

2. The dragons never eat.

3. The dragons never sleep.

4. Ballistics, rockets, stun guns, paratroopers, lassos toxic sprays, nets, high-pitched sounds, mass hysteria, and prayer do nothing to deter the dragons.

5. The dragons will not let us be.


This is a story about a city, a story about what it means to be young, and it has been compared to many things. Let me have my try: it's like The Princess Bride and Infinite Jest had a baby and had her raised by Jeff VanderMeer, reading her bedtime stories by Mervyn Peake. What this girl dreams then might be this story. (The author claims she was inspired by Jane Austen.)


It's sprawling, and funny, and harrowing; it's a satire, and some don't like its bite. It's ambitious, and totally crazy, and far from perfect. The first act is gold, the second act drags; when our young heroes should be questing, they sit around talking all the time (it's really a very dialogue-heavy work; the ghost of Austen, I suspect.) The third act closes the circle. All questions answered? No way, no how, but that's life, ain't it?

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