Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: By now, you guys know how I am about the cover. And this cover, I love it. It gives you SUCH a great sense of the book. Flux covers are really great at evoking an atmosphere like that.
The story was interesting, because right from the bat it’s a split POV, but one is in 1st person, the other in 3rd. It was an interesting choice, and one of the many things about the book that I didn’t see coming.
Skyship Academy has an almost effortless sense of worldbuilding. I’m frankly jealous, because Nick has created such a complex world, but everything is easy and relate-able. There’s a deliberate sense of control with the terminology – even the slang made sense and came across easy. The plot was VERY fast paced, which I’m a huge fan of, and it built towards a climax that I definitely didn’t see coming.
I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but when I do it’s usually because it’s something exceptional. And just like Across the Universe, this was a fantastic science fiction tale. I cannot wait for the second book. Actually, I might have to go harass Nick about that now. 😉
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