In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy
Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
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I loved Breaking Sky! I’ve read very few books about pilots, and never anything about a female pilot set in the future. I hadn’t heard much about this book before I requested it so I didn’t have super high expectations, but Breaking Sky just blew me away. I definitely recommend it.
This book centres around Chase, a young hotshot pilot for America during the Second Cold War. It is set in 2048, which isn’t too far in the future at all. Despite how different the world seems at first (teen pilots, advanced technology, the second cold war, etc), the changes were written about in a way that was believable. A Chinese group called Ri Xiong Di has taken over much of the world through bombing and the use of their red fighter planes. America is developing a group of jets called Streakers, and Chase is one of the test pilots. It’s a very cool concept, and was executed very well!
Chase herself was a stellar character. She’s smart, reckless and a bit arrogant. She’s not the type of person that I’d probably end up being best friends with, but I really admire her determination. Besides Chase, the other characters were pretty amazing as well! Pippin, her best friend and RIO (like a co-pilot), was hilarious. Their conversations were very funny; the banter was great! I loved how Chase’s relationship with Sylph, one of the other Streaker pilots, grew and they became friendlier with each other.
I can’t possibly talk about the characters without mentioning the romance. Chase’s relationship with Tristan (the 3rd Streaker pilot) took a while to develop, but was very sweet. It wasn’t necessarily my favourite part of the book, but I still enjoyed it!
Breaking Sky is incredibly fast paced, and there is a lot of action! The author’s descriptions of flying in the Streaker planes was (pun completely intended) breathtaking. You really feel like you’re up there in the sky with Chase. The author definitely did her research when it comes to the technicalities of flying and planes. The United Star Academy felt very real.
A stellar premise, great characters, lot of action–what could be better? I read Breaking Sky in less than 24 hours, and I completely adored it. I’m not sure if there is going to be a sequel, but there are definitely enough loose strings to merit another instalment. 5 Stars!