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Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising

Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising

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by Nick James

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Following the dramatic showdown in Seattle, brothers Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson find their world has been turned inside out. The faculty at Skyship Academy is keeping Jesse prisoner in his own home, fearful of his influence over the Pearls. Meanwhile, Cassius has fled to the Polar Cities of Canada, where the Unified Party he deserted threatens retaliation at


Following the dramatic showdown in Seattle, brothers Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson find their world has been turned inside out. The faculty at Skyship Academy is keeping Jesse prisoner in his own home, fearful of his influence over the Pearls. Meanwhile, Cassius has fled to the Polar Cities of Canada, where the Unified Party he deserted threatens retaliation at every turn. When Jesse smuggles a mysterious red Pearl onboard the Academy, he sets loose a destructive chain of events, leading him to a reunion with Cassius and a confrontation with Theo, a bloodthirsty Pearlhound with a dangerous secret. But a larger threat looms in the stars. An enemy is gathering with devastating plans for the entire human race. And Jesse and Cassius might just be the lynchpins that trigger mankind’s destruction. Praise for Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars “A fast-paced adventure that delivers solid action sequences throughout.”—Publishers Weekly “Skyship Academy is the perfect book for teens who like science fiction.”—SLJTeen Newsletter

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VOYA - Gwen Amborski
Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising is an action-packed read. James does an excellent job of carrying on this science fiction series. This novel is fast paced and keeps the reader anxious for the next book. The plot and characters develop greatly, which spices up the whole story. While this series is mostly geared toward boys, anyone looking for action and excitement would enjoy this title. 4Q, 4P. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Adrienne Amborski
Readers of The Pearl Wars (Flux/Llewellyn, 2011/VOYA October 2011) will not be disappointed in this second entry of a planned trilogy. A perfect blend of the popular dystopian genre and science fiction, Crimson Rising allows readers to continue the story of the mysterious extraterrestrial green pearls used to power a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been ravaged by environmental decay and chemical attacks. In alternating chapters, duo protagonists and newly united brothers, Jesse and Cassius, struggle to understand their role in the twisted mystery surrounding the falling green pearls that are essential for human survival on Earth. Although the brothers have very different personalities, Jesse and Cassius have been used as pawns in the battle for dominance over the pearls. Readers who enjoy brutal action scenes and survival situations will find immense reading pleasure in this ongoing science fiction thriller. James creates characters that readers want to root for in the fight against malevolent forces. Not only do the brothers have to struggle earthbound enemies, they must also face the arrival of ominous red pearls that harbor evil alien forces. Readers will want to have read the first book in the trilogy, Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars to have a grasp of the political complexities and characters introduced to thoroughly enjoy this second title. Teens who enjoyed the Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker (Little, Brown, 2010/VOYA August 2010) should be directed to this series. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski

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Skyship Academy , #2
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12 - 18 Years

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Inspired by the big drama and snappy dialogue of comic books and graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughan and Brian Michael Bendis, Nick James began writing at a young age. His love of fast-paced storytelling led to his action-packed science fiction series for young adults, Skyship Academy. James grew up in the small island town of Anacortes, Washington. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2006 and currently works as a substitute teacher in Bellingham.

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Skyship Academy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recomend this book for many people. It is one of the best books i have ever read.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you mix a little sci-fi with a smidge dystopian, and top it all off with some incredible world-building? You get Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, that's what. And it is one phenomenally written and executed book, with plenty of action and a plot that only thickens. Nick James has created this vast world that is still our Earth, but so different. The three different factions - Skyship, the Unified Party, and the Fringers - have these politics that govern them and it's complicated, but James explains it in ways that make it interesting and easy to get. His descriptions of air ships, the broiling Surface, and the Chosen Cities are vivid. The reader will be right there, alongside Jesse or Cassius. That brings me to the main character: Jesse Fisher. How can the reader not love Jesse? He's this uncoordinated, scrawny kid with a lot to live up to. Without any family, he always feels alone. He knows he's not going to be the best Pearl agent - or even a decent one at that - but he strives to do well, despite it all. Cassius, like Jesse, is alone; but unlike Jesse, Cassius succeeds in everything he does. The two boys are on opposite sides of an imposing war, fighting to find the Pearls that power most of their planet. Their struggle to discover who they are, in the wake of bristling new powers, drives the story. Secondary characters like Avery, Alkine, Madame, and Jesse's teammates Eva and Skandar all add some extra depth to the story. The Pearl Wars is a rare gem of a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seat and blow their minds with the startling conclusion. There was very little that I saw coming in this book and the one thing I did see coming, was miniscule in comparison to the bigger picture. I'm insisting that you read this one yourself. The world-building is astonishingly well-thought out, the characters are fully developed, and everything about the Pearls left me in shock. Nick James is an author to watch and now that I've started this series, I know I'll be unable to ever put it down. I need the next one now!
LuckieZombie More than 1 year ago
Skyship Academy drew me in and kept me hooked through the whole read. Nick James created an amazing world in this novel and set the stage for an action packed series. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.
Readinista More than 1 year ago
This book is mass* unpredictable. I absolutely love it when a book surprises me. With many young adult books, I can usually figure out what¿s going to happen when I¿m just a few chapters in. However, that was far from the case with The Pearl Wars. Every page I turned, something completely unexpected happened and throughout the entire book, I was repeatedly blown away by it¿s originality. The Pearl Wars is set in the future, towards the end of the 21st century. The world has been devastated by chemical warfare and increased global temperatures. People now either live in cities protected by a temperature controlled net, outside the cities suffering in the extreme heat, or in the sky on large air ships. However, these places do not live in harmony each other. In this grim environment, the only thing offering relief are the green orbs that fall from space, also known as pearls. The people of earth use the energy locked inside the pearls to power their world. Stuck in this demanding world are two teenage boys, Jesse and Cassius. Jesse, Skyship screw up and pearl hunter in training, keeps the story light with his repeat offenses of always doing the wrong thing and his teenage boy perspective on life. Cassius is a surface kid working as agent for the surface government. He is skilled, successful, and the complete opposite of Jesse. When the two meet, something strange happens. The two walk away with powerful abilities and a million questions. Nick James built a futuristic world that will easily please the SciFi fans while at the same time is believable and fun for the average reader. I know the SciFi nerd in me thinks it would be pretty cool to live on a Skyship. In addition to the solid world building, James delivers well developed and realistic charastics, a well written story, and unexpected twists and turns. The Pearl Wars is worthy of a lot of attention and could easily rival some of the best selling young adult dystopian novels on the market today. Boys, girls, even adults will enjoy this refreshingly different, fun, and fast paced read. I¿m really looking forward to the next book in the Skyship Academy series. I have no idea at all what¿s going to happen but I know I can¿t wait to be completely surprised all over again. * Read the book to find out what this means.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing had me hooked from the first page . I just flew threw the book & the entricate plot intrigued me to no end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE! I know when many people finish a book, they jump around and say, "wow, this is my favorite book of all time!" And then the next book they read is suddenly the best, and so on. For Shyskip Academy, this book has been my all-time favorite for five years. There is pure action, breath-taking adventure, laugh-your-ass-off comedy (from Skander and Jesse) and suspense that will have you pulling your hair out! I fell in love with this book from the author, Nick James, who is one of my favorite authors, from the action and adventure, from all the characters, from all the plot-twists, and most of all, Jesse Fisher. Please, read this book. You truly won't regret it. (ps: the third book is the best in this whole series) (pps: it's called 'Strikeforce')
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thats awesome!! What was he like?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nivk James subbed as a teacher in my math class... badazz right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read from beginning to end. I saw this book at a schoolastic book fair and was recomended by a friend who said it was hard to follow but in reality it is a simple book to follow. I can tell there will be a second book just as action packed if not more than this book.
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jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 was as good as Book 1 IMO!! My Opinion: My opinion is very simple: I loved it!! What an awesome installment in what is becoming one of my favorite series! This book blends action, suspense, and science fiction perfectly! In the Pearl Wars, we're introduced to a post-apocalyptic/dystopian society where sources of energy, or Pearls, are desperately needed, so when one comes down from space, the race is on to see who will find it first. Enter Jesse and Cassius, one working for the Skyship Academy and the other working for the Unified Party, who find out that they are brothers. We also find out that they are aliens, which really intrigued me. Now they are both trying to learn how to use their powers (Cassius burns from the inside and has a bad habit of catching rooms on fire without meaning to, and Jesse can open Pearls, which comes in handy in this destitute world where they are in such demand). They are both also on the run and separated from each other, so they each have their own exciting adventures in the book before they come together for what turns out to be a big showdown.  I often find that sequels to books that I absolutely fall in love with aren't as good as the first, but that's not the case here. The writing was just as exciting, and the twists and turns that the story takes kept me on the edge of my seat! The characters, good and bad, are all well written, and the pacing is perfect. I honestly can't say who I like better, Jesse or Cassius, since I go back and forth all through the book, but I think that makes it all the more exciting!  In summary, I absolutely loved this installment in the Skyship Academy series and recommend it to fans of action packed YA sci-fi stories. I'm giving it a very enthusiastic 5 stars :D I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw it on the shelf at the library, and now I'm glad I did. I didn't lose interest as the plot moved from on twist to the next. I need to look up when the next is coming out (or if it already did) and get it! One warning: it does stop at a bit of a cliffhanger ;)
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