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Breaking Sky

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Breaking Sky

The year is 2048. America is in the midst of a war against an enemy they have little chance of beating. Then, the “Streaker” jets are invented. Designed to operate at extremely high speeds, they are America’s only hope at defeating the enemy --- but there is a catch. The only people capable of operating the jets are teenagers, due to their quick reflexes. Chase Harcourt, also known as Nyx, is one of the few teenage pilots chosen to fly the Streakers at the junior Air Force Academy. Chase is often referred to as reckless and impulsive, but her talent is undeniable. Few see what is beneath Chase’s tough exterior, and she prefers it that way. She does not want anyone to pity her; she just wants to ace the Streaker trials and be sent out to fight the enemy.

But then Chase discovers a startling secret: her fellow pilots at the junior Air Force Academy are not the only ones in control of a Streaker jet. There is a third pilot, Tristan, who is just as fast as Chase. With the Streaker trials coming up and with the war intensifying, Chase cannot decide whether to treat Tristan as an enemy or as a friend. But one thing is for certain --- if America is to win the war, they are going to need all the pilots they can get.

A fast, adrenaline-fueled novel that will entertain readers until the very end.

BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy is a fast, adrenaline-fueled novel that will entertain readers until the very end. The excellent plot is full of action, and each new scene is different and exciting. Cori McCarthy also weaves world-building into the action scenes, allowing readers to learn more about the futuristic world they have been thrust into.

The characters in BREAKING SKY are complex and intriguing, making for an interesting novel. Cori does a particularly excellent job creating a realistic main character. Chase Harcourt is not the nicest protagonist; she is a show-off and can even be cruel, at times. However, this does not make Chase unlikable. She has reasons for behaving the way that she does, and she also has many good traits. She is fiercely loyal to her “Rio,” or copilot, Pippin, and does not back away from a challenge.

Overall, BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy is an exhilarating novel with a realistic main character and intense action scenes. 

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on March 23, 2015

Breaking Sky
by Cori McCarthy

  • Publication Date: March 10, 2015
  • Genres: Thriller, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
  • ISBN-10: 1492601411
  • ISBN-13: 9781492601418