Breaking Sky

Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy
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Breaking Sky 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
I really did not like this book. The characters were flat and the premise was broken. This is NOT a military or action or dystopian novel. This is a high school drama/romance novel that wears fighter pilot for a tiara and dystopian like a pair of vintage shoes. Every aspect of the setting, storyline, characters, logic, and reality are subservient to its whims. The full review is at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was soooo good. When I had first got it I did not know if it was going to be that good. But by the 2nd page I was in love. I would say if you are looking for a good book this is defiantly one to check out.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Heart breakingly beautiful, well written.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Breaking Sky is set in a near(ish) dystopian future, when America has been cut off from everyone else, and China is ruling the world. Chase, call sign Nyx, is an 18-year-old girl with issues, who hides from those issues by getting some 'skin-on-skin' action (not sex). She is a complex and interesting character, backed up completely by Henry, call sign Pippin. These two make quite the pair and I loved every scene with them in. This is a compelling novel, with similarities to the well-known film, Top Gun. I'm sure that Cori McCarthy is fed up of these comparisons by now, but the truth is there. There is a reference to the Navy's Top Gun made in the book, which just made me smile. Exceedingly well written, and with no editing or grammatical errors that I could see, this was a book to get lost in. For a fast-paced action story, with a side order of romance, plus a pinch of suspense in whether the Cold War will escalate, then I can Highly Recommend this book. It completely blew me away, and I loved every moment. * I received this book from SourceFire Books / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It called out to me I couldn't put it down
Amy-T More than 1 year ago
Woo, BREAKING SKY was super fun, guys. If you are looking for something with lots of action, a fascinating dystopian society, ballsy characters, and a Top Gun vibe, you should be hunting down Cori McCarthy’s book right about now. It wasn’t perfect, but I wish there were more of them to come because I’d keep reading about this world and these characters for sure. That Top Gun reference was no joke, friends. The main action in BREAKING SKY takes place at the Star Academy, an elite flying school in waaaaay northern Canada. In this version of the world, the globe has once again plunged into a Cold War, this time between the US and a conglomeration of Asian nations known as Ri Xoing Di. The two countries go after each other in stealth (obviously) in the air: the US with older aircraft and Ri Xiong Di with extremely dangerous drones. However. At Star Academy, the students–but especially a brash young thing, call sign Nyx–are testing newer, faster planes called Streakers. Figuring out which pilots will get to patrol against the Ri Xiong Di using these flashy new planes is the central drama until, well, more drama happens between Nyx and a new pilot, Tristan. I really couldn’t put BREAKING SKY down. The pace was really great from start to finish. Which I guess you might expect from all the Top Gun/Air Force talk. It’s a really fitting characteristic for a book like BREAKING SKY, where things happen to the characters with awesome speed. However, if I had to also point out a NEGATIVE thing about BREAKING SKY, it would be that sometimes–but especially the closer we get to the end–things got too fast. It had that bit of a rush feeling I sometimes get with standalones. Really, this is only a complaint because I loved the characters and the world they lived in and wanted more. Nyx in particular is so awesome. She fiery and a complete badass. She owns her body and her sexuality and is a driven to be the best pilot at Star Academy. Sometimes to the detriment of herself and her copilot, Pippin. Nyx doesn’t really do the feels, so her relationships aren’t always good ones, but she has a complex past and personal demons, and her reckless courage fits what we learn about her. I just loved her, even when she was frustrating. Of course, Nyx is not the only person at Star Academy. There’s lots of other great characters, too. I particularly loved Pippin, Nyx’s radar operator. He’s super nerdy and loves Lord of the Rings, he’s a ginger, he’s from New Jersey, and he really broke my heart. His relationship with Nyx was one of my sources of great frustration with her. They just weren’t good at TALKING, for all that it seems that they are pretty close. I really wanted their relationship to be better since they both needed some friends. The romance between Nyx and Tristan was good, too. It’s not what stands out to me in BREAKING SKY but I liked it. I liked the way Tristan didn’t try to make Nyx reign herself in, but their mutual feelings for one another softened up her edges a bit. Tristan is just as much of an ace pilot as she is, and so there was definitely some competition between them, but they did bring out good things in each other. What really stood out to me about BREAKING SKY, and what I loved and simultaneously had a problem with, is the world-building. I was incredibly intrigued by the idea of a new Cold War between the US and Asia. BREAKING SKY is set in the not-distant future, and I always love dystopians that don’t completely undermine the current reality. Like, I can imagine this Cold War coming to pass in some shape or form. At the same time, I wanted more of it. I wanted more of Ri Xiong Di. I wanted more explanation of what happened, more details. There are echoes of the first Cold War in the way the US is trying to create a machine that will outstrip the Asian drones–it reminded me a little bit of what I know of the space race. This part of BREAKING SKY suffered the most from the “holy s***, this is a standalone and I have to end everything now” thing. SUCH a shame. In truth, there were a lot of different angles in BREAKING SKY that could’ve been fleshed out into bigger storylines that would’ve added to an already awesome foundation. It’s what makes me wish so much that this was a series. I want to read more of this world and these people. Cori McCarthy definitely did a great job with the action and the drama, and it was satisfying, but more would’ve been even MORE SO. (Obviously.)
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
3 Stars! I liked this book. I didn't love it but I found it to be rather entertaining. When I first saw the description for this book, I couldn't wait to read it. I immediately thought of the movie "Top Gun" but with a dystopian twist. After reading the book, I really have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I think that there were some things that were done really well in this book. The story was incredibly fast paced with a lot of action. The characters in this book fly jets - they don't have time to sit around. I liked the flying scenes - the descriptions made it so easy to visualize these planes flying at unimaginable speeds. I liked most of the characters in the story. I actually liked almost all of the characters more than I liked the main character, Chase. There was quite a few things that I didn't like about this book. I thought it was too much like the movie "Top Gun". Way too much. I have seen that movie many times since it was first released and I know the story pretty well. It was really very disappointing to see so much of the book mirroring that movie. I felt the need to go watch the movie as soon as I finished the book to be honest. I also found it a bit strange that this group of teenagers are who the United States plans to rely upon to save our country. The manner in which Chase, or Nyx, flys is oftentimes reckless and almost always lacks sound judgement. I wouldn't let her drive my car and I certainly wouldn't let her do some of the stunts she pulls in a plane that could be the country's last hope. I would have liked to know a little bit more about how the world became what it is in this story as well. I didn't like Chase very much. I understand that things have not always been easy for her but she treats everyone terribly. She does open up to Tristan as the book progresses but it seemed to me to be too little and too late. I didn't understand how all the boys seemed to fall all over her - it just doesn't make sense to me. Chase's character did evolve some and became more likable towards the end of the book. The parts of the book that I didn't care for as much didn't completely overwhelm the excitement of the story. There are a whole lot of scenes that are simply based on being in the air at the control of these powerful jets. I do think that this book will widely appeal to a teen audience. I realize that I am not the target audience for this book and I do think that teens will find the story quite exciting. I received a copy of this book from Sourcebooks Fire via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
McCarthy has created a wildly imaginative, well rounded dystopian world that definitely sparks your interest.  This fast paced story is filed with vivid descriptions that invite the reader to experience it.  The realistic manner in which she tells her story combined with the near-future aspect gives it a bit of a chilling feel.  I couldn’t help but imagine the possibilities.  This is the type of story that’s great for those of YA age, but will be loved by readers of all readers.  McCarthy combines the angst of coming of age with a wildly imaginative tale in the perfect proportions.  It was great trip. I loved the competitive edge in the characters.  They were a lot of fun to get to know.  The fact that these teens were the hope for the US was a bit over the top, but it’s one of the marked qualities of YA dystopian stories.     McCarthy develops a cast of characters who embody what it means to be coming of age, without ever being stereotypical.  It was a great thing to experience. As a whole, this was a great read.  McCarthy has created a world I not only enjoyed reading, but one that I’d enjoy living. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.