Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WRI Reviews: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy


Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Pages: 417
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Purchased from Kobo
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx", isn't one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental "Streaker" jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn't play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

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My Review
Chase is a pain in the butt. She is set on being angry that she determined to do the opposite of whatever anyone says. Born to two parents who seems not to want her. Her father is a hard ass military General. Her mother is a junkie. Basically, she's an emotional mess.

She's made quite the reputation for herself. Everything she does is to keep people at an arms length. The only person she is somewhat close to is her RIO Pippin. Pippin is a genius with his own issues. He and Chase have a form of a friendship but they don't go deep into emotions. They bond over their flights together.

Speaking of flying. Chase is part of a teenage military program. Teens are the only ones who have flight an experimental jet. She takes a lot of risks. Sometimes she is in control but when she gets into blind rages her risks can endanger lives. She is cocky and demanding. Her and Pippin begin to drift apart and it's becomes an emotional rollercoaster for her. Emotions she not comfortable showing or dealing with.

In the end, Chase became a better person. She fought her demons and she grew up though it took death for her to get it together.

About the Author
Cori is the author of several YA books. Kirkus called her debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Her second novel, BREAKING SKY, received starred reviews from School Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and is currently in development to become a film by Sony Pictures. Kirkus reviewed it as “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” Her third YA novel, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary story, forthcoming in March 2016.

Cori’s novel in verse, Name Me America, won the Middle Grade category for the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize. Cori is also the co-founder of Rainbow Boxes, a charitable initiative aiming to bring LGBTQIA fiction to community libraries and GSAs across America. Tweet @RainbowBoxesYA or watch a three minute commercial for the initiative.

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