Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars

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by Nick James
     
 

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"A definite must-read!"—JAMES DASHNER, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to

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"A definite must-read!"—JAMES DASHNER, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Launching the Skyship Academy series, James's debut is a fast-paced adventure that makes use of some familiar science fiction elements. In James's dystopian future, 15-year-old Jesse is a Skyship Academy student, secretly trained to help residents of Skyship, a nation of vessels hovering over a ruined America, gather the Pearls (a coveted source of energy) that fall from the sky. While on a mission, he encounters Cassius, a surface dweller and Unified Party operative who is being groomed by the manipulative Madame to become a spy. When Madame assigns Cassius to infiltrate Skyship Academy and learn its secrets, the two boys meet again, learning more about their connection to each other and to the powerful Pearls. James handles the book's dual viewpoints well—Jesse's in a self-doubting first-person narrative, Cassius's in a comparatively assured third-person—and delivers solid action sequences throughout (even making what amounts to a future game of dodgeball exciting). The book's espionage elements and teenage angst are par for the course, but James's character development and world-building compensate. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
VOYA - Sean Rapacki
An author has to tread a careful line in writing the inaugural book in a series. Too little character development and exposition, and readers will not care enough about the world that has been created to want to make a return visit—too much, and the plot and action get overwhelmed. James strikes an excellent balance in the kick-off to his new science fiction series. Not only do we get an in-depth look at the main characters, Jesse and Cassius, but we also get the backstory for some of the secondary characters, as well as a look at the forces on both sides of the Pearl Wars. The story takes place in the post-apocalyptic future of 2073, where the only thing that keeps the landbound, privileged cities and the less repressive Skyship cities running is the pearls in question, mysterious artifacts from space that are being used as a power source. Although the book explores many issues, including the nature of the pearls and the powers they have apparently gifted to foes Jesse and Cassius, the reader does not get shortchanged on action. The novel contains fight scenes, airborne chases, and even an exploding train, so even reluctant readers will find plenty of entertainment. Because the main characters are depicted with both self-doubt and philosophical crises, readers who require more depth to their post-apocalyptic epics will be satisfied as well. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738723419
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Skyship Academy, #1
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
578,927
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 5.26(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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