No one but the dead dare venture Below . . .
The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.
Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands’ edges are borders that no one dares cross until the ancient ritual that delivers the dead to Below. But a series of natural disasters rumbling through Above sends Elia’s world crashing into Hokk’sand she falls Below.
Their journey together will propel them across endless plains and through shattered cities in a centuries-old battle for the very earth and sky around them . . .
About the Author
Jason Chabot grew up in the rural outskirts of Chilliwack, B.C., and now, with his CA designation, works as a financial controller in Vancouver.
Visit Jason at www.jasonchabot.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Below is a classic ya adventure fantasy, with a futuristic dystopian twist! Chabot briefly explores the two worlds of Above and Below, and then in an earth altering instant, brings them clashing together. I would have liked to get to know Elia and Hokk a bit better, as well as their respective worlds, however, knowing this is the first book in the trilogy I'm hoping maybe we'll get some backstory and explanation in the next two installments. Despite this fact, the writing is very descriptive and the characters' feelings are well known to the reader. If you enjoy things being in the present and without much background noise you will love this book. I'd almost recommend this to a more middle grade audience if it weren't for some of the violent and philosophical subject matter that might be above their age range, think of it as the last Harry Potter book compared to the first, you wouldn't quite give that to a 12 year old even though The Philosopher's Stone is a no brainer for that age group. I'm very intrigued by the ideas of our reality being split into multiple levels and look forward to reading more in this trilogy. 3.5 stars- review opportunity provided by Turner Publishing
I received this book from Turner Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This book took me a little to get into it but once it really grasped, I couldn't put it down! It left off with quite a cliffhanger! I really was hoping to find out "who" that is in hiding. I will definitely look to read the rest in the series. There are quite a few characters that will be interested to see how their oaths go. I will recommend to anyone looking for a different, quick read.
Below by Jason Chabot is dystopian fiction at core, filled with action, suspense and of course some romantic tension happening. It's different, and I like that it's different, but there are times where it drags a bit. The early parts of the story is the "getting to know" phase and to understand the world of above and below. As we start getting into the development, it lacks more depth. However, once we're into it, the action picks up and bang, it leaves us with a cliffhanger! I'm still unsure of how I feel of Hokk and Elia. Nym is obviously the cute little one, but our two main characters have not truly grown on me yet. With all that said, don't be surprise when I say that I do like it and I look forward to the second book of The Broken Sky Chronicles, Above. It's one of those stories that doesn't "hit" you until you've read it in it's entirety or let it sit in you for some time. It's one of those I put on the "must read again" to fully appreciate the ingenuity of its dynamics and characters. So, yes, I do recommend it, and I gotta admit, that cover is quite interesting. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.