by Cori McCarthy
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Print Length: 416 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America's best
hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy
Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots
chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force
Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast
reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark
secret about her father. 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 jet, whose young hotshot pilot,
Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. 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.
Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
America has lost its world dominance and enemy drones are wreaking havoc on its survival. All hopes rest on an elite group of teenaged warrior flyers trained to be the best of the best in super-secret fighter jets that, under the right pilots could save the country. Two jets exist, and Chase has made it her mission to be one of those elite pilots. Brilliant, driven and a little too impetuous, Chase has demons to beat down in her mind, one flight at a time. A star in the skies, back on solid ground, she trusts no one but her RIO and best friend, Pippin. They are a team, a unit and no matter what she does he has her back, but even he doesn’t know the full extent of what drives her to perfection, to take too many chances and to not care what anyone thinks of her.
Imagine, seeing another Streaker jet appear, only to discover that the Canadians also have an ace pilot, who might even be better than Chase. Tristan has the maturity that Chase lacks, he is secure in his own skin, more rational in his thought processes and for Chase, he might as well BE the enemy. If the fate of the world rests on their shoulders, they must learn to train as a team, fight as a team and have each others back, but is it possible? There is some chemistry, but is it sparks of emotion or a ticking time bomb waiting to go off? When one disaster follows another and Chase is to blame for someone’s death, will the team turn against her or stand with her in support, in spite of her prickly ways. When the top brass look at her under an unforgiving microscope, will Chase realize the error in her ways? Will she finally confront her past and learn valuable truths long held from her? Will she find something she has longed for? Will she learn there is no “I” in team and reach out for love and acceptance?
Strap in and hang on for the ride of your life! Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy takes the insecurities and bravado of youth and launches it into the stratosphere. Built in a fast-paced and highly charged atmosphere, there is no moment of quiet to settle back, this is white-knuckle story-telling all of the way. Brilliant action scenes, heartbreaking moments of discovery, angst and anger, it’s all there, woven into a world of instability and an uncertain future. Shay often leaves her best side buried within her mind as we “hear” her torment and feel her sense of helplessness to overcome what bothers her. The intense loyalty these teens feel as a team is refreshing. The maturity displayed by Tristan, as an outsider is remarkable. Put it all together and Cori McCarthy has broken the “hit” barrier.
I received this ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.