Take Back the Skies

Take Back the Skies

by Lucy Saxon

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ISBN-13: 9781619633674
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lucy Saxon has always loved reading, but her love of writing began at the age of 12 when she first suffered from the neurological disorder ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). She found herself missing lengthy periods of school, giving her the opportunity to indulge in creative writing. TAKE BACK THE SKIES is her debut novel. It was inspired by a dream and Lucy submitted a version of it to the National Novel Writing Month's online competition. Lucy can often be found attending comic and fantasy conventions and ALWAYS makes her own, very impressive costumes. She is on Twitter at @Lucy_Saxon.

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Take Back the Skies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Take Back The Skies is the fantastic first book in what is sure to be a brilliant series from debut author Lucy Saxon. Set in a world where skyships are a mode of transport, and children once they hit the age of thirteen are rounded up as part of the Collections, where firstborn's aren't taken however any siblings born after them are taken to be trained to be soldiers in the ongoing war. Catherine 'Cat' is the daughter and only heir of Nathaniel Hunter the head of the Anglyan government, Cat's Father is a cruel man whom is disappointed that he never had a son, and any wrong move and Cat gets beaten for it, and her Mother who has been bed-ridden for most of Cat's life is dying and she will soon be left all alone with her Father whom she despises. Cat is desperate to get away before her Father marries her off to a boy who only cares about the money she'll bring into the marriage, so one day she manages to sneak away from her Father to the shipyard where she climbs aboard the skyship 'Stormdancer', she soon finds herself feeling like a part of a family with all of the people onboard, as well as developing a crush on a boy named Fox whom she more often than not finds herself butting heads with. After Cat discovers that not only is there no war, there hasn't been one in seven years she with the help of her shipmates plan to overthrow the government, and it's through the planning and sneaking into and around the government building that it becomes clear to Cat and everyone just what happened to those children who were supposedly sent to war, it's horrifying and nothing that I could have ever guessed in a million years. There was a little bit of romance, none of that insta-love just feelings developed over time which was so cute and sweet. And then the end happened, which was a huge shock, and those of you who've read the book will know exactly what I'm talking about, I ended up shedding quite a few tears. I'm intrigued to see where this series will go next, I assumed that the threat was pretty much taken care of in this book so it will be interesting to see what is planned for the next one, but I thoroughly enjoyed the concept and world-building in this story, the characters were entertaining and not at all annoying in any way. I eagerly anticipate the next book so I can carry on enjoying this world that Lucy has brought to life. Highly recommended.
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
Written by 19 year old Lucy Saxon, Take Back the Skies is one of the most entrancing fantasy worlds I've read since Shadow and Bone. Between the sky ships, the storm bands, and the mechas, I don't think there could be a more interesting setting. You know a book has won you over when you wish you could live in that world just to see all of its wonders. A little bit steampunk, a lot a bit fantasy, I couldn't get enough. Even though Cat is only fourteen at the start of Take Back the Skies, the beginning of the book is written in a way that feels mature, despite the young character. Cat still feels fourteen, though, which is what really dragged me in. She's innocent, but intelligent, and likable. The same goes for Fox, the love interest. He's impossible not to like, even though he can be a little moody from time to time. Mostly he's just a grouchy sixteen year old boy with a sad story and not a whole lot of friends his age. I loved how you could see his excitement when Cat came along, not because he was interested in her romantically, but because he had a new friend to share things with. Basically, he was completely adorable. There were a few things about Take Back the Skies that took away from my overall enjoyment of the story so I have to mention them. The story started off fast paced, getting right into the plot and the action, but around midway the pacing dropped off and never really steadied itself. I think most of this had to do with one of the big mystery reveals coming far too early in the story, not to mention the drawn out way of getting to said reveal. And once I figured out the mystery, there was still about 30% left in the book. It felt like most of the additional storyline could have done well as the plot leading into a sequel, and it would have saved the story from dragging on for so long. Then there were the characters. Now, I've said I did like these characters, especially at the start of the book, but they do start to act pretty silly around midway through. The romance goes from adorable to "I'll never love anyone the way I love you!" in like two chapters. And once James' character is added there's this whole childish "I knew her first!" jealousy plot that pops up at literally the worst times. I get that they're fifteen, but even fifteen year olds have common sense. And then there was the ending. I'd like to give Saxon a standing ovation for having the guts to do what she did in the end, but I'm not pleased with the way the story wrapped up for Cat. Or, actually, I'm not happy with the way Cat let her story be wrapped up. I respected that fire and independence in her, but she just let it all go in the end. The only other complaint I had was when the big baddie reveals came, it was a little cliche. Bad Guy reveals all of his plans before even attempting to actually kill the people threatening his evil plans. And also, Cat just, like, goes ahead and puts everything on the table right away. I've never been in a situation like that, but I'd imagine it's best to play your cards close to the vest when you're dealing with madmen. It all just seemed to happen too easily, everything coming together a little too smoothly and safely. Then there's another baddie reveal later on, but that one felt even more cliche to me. Again, it was wrapped up so easily and the only real danger in the whole scene could have also been handled easily if the characters had bothered to pay attention for half a second. But, all together, the story was intriguing and the characters were lovable enough that I wanted to know more about them. Plus the setting was amazing and I want more stories set there! I don't know if there will be new characters or if Saxon will revisit Cat and the gang in any future novels, but either way I'm in! If you're a fan of fantasy you'll want to give Take Back the Skies a try to see what you think. I know I'll be waiting anxiously for Saxon's next novel, set in this world or not. She's definitely a young author to keep your eyes on!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced, romantic, thrilling read that managed to truly surprise me, Take Back the Skies was a brilliant YA romance! There were so many secrets, so many twists along the way, that this book managed to be delightfully unpredictable, even without that shocker of an ending. I started out a little wary, but I ended up absolutely loving this book. Fantastic! Catherine was a lovely heroine. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with. After finally having enough of her father's cruelty, she leaves her life of luxury in favor of a life of freedom. And, along the way, finds out some huge secrets that Anglya's government was keeping under wraps. Secrets that are crazy enough to strike a revolution. I really liked Catherine. She was very strong, extremely determined, and clever enough to take on a corrupt government. I thought she was wonderful. Fox was Catherine's sky-shipmate and the love interest in this book. He was such a cutie. Very sweet and absolutely adorable. More than that, he was remarkably clever and refused to be daunted. I totally loved him, but the ending...damn but it just broke my heart. The romance was very sweet. Catherine and Fox were so cute together, and they made a totally badass team. I thought they were an adorable couple. The secondary characters were also great. They, obviously, weren't explored in depth, but their characters were likable. There were a couple that I wished a could have seen more of, because of the important roles that they played, but I really liked all of the minor characters. The plot was fast paced, thrilling, and had me totally hooked the entire way through. I was definitely kept on the edge of my seat, with all the action and danger around every corner. The secrets in this book were mind-blowing. The extent of what the government was hiding was a huge surprise. Not to mention all the twists that I never saw coming. I loved the story and the ending...I don't even know what to say about it. It was definitely not what I expected and a bittersweet ending. And, I loved that. It was what really turned it from a good book to a great one. I know this is a series, but I'm not sure what's coming next. The story seemed mostly tied up. But, I'm still super excited to see what's in store in book 2. Can't wait to read it! Take Back the Skies was a brilliant YA read. I absolutely loved this book. It was delightfully unpredictable, totally thrilling, and adorable romantic. This was a book that definitely manged to take me by surprise. YA lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad about the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago