I wanted to love Take Back The Skies. I really did. After all, it was written by a teen and I love supporting teen writers! Plus, OMIGOSH THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND I MUST BUY A COPY. Hype can do that to a person. Unfortunately, did not live up to the hype. It definitely had potential…but it just wasn’t for me.
First let me start with the parts I DID enjoy. First off, the world-building. Loved it! The boat Cat stowed away on, the Stormdancer, was described as a steampunk-ish ship that could fly through the air. How cool is that? Besides amazing flying ships, I also enjoyed the social hierarchy in this world. You could clearly see how the upper and lower classes affected and supported one another but at the same time, how they were at the brink of a rebellion.
And then…the ending. I just…I can’t…what happened there? Cat spends the entire book fighting against the government and then there is this plot twist that happens that leave me feeling, I don’t know, betrayed? I would have preferred this book minus the epilogue.
But sadly, as you already know, there were things that I just didn’t enjoy. My first issue was the writing. Several phrases were repeated over and over again (how many times can you ‘query’ someone after all?) and the paragraphs could get quite wordy., I think I DID read an advanced copy though, so maybe it will be fixed for the final version.
I wouldn’t call the next part a problem, exactly, but rather something that bothered me. I didn’t enjoy the romance. I’m not into romance to begin with and I was not a fan of this love story. Firstly, this book is categorized as a YA romance. Cat is 14. Fox is 17/18. I wouldn’t exactly call that a romance. Cat felt way too young for many of the things that happened to her. I would have preferred more emphasis on, you know, taking down the government instead of kissing.
As you can tell, I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular novel, but this is just one bookworm’s opinion. You might love it! Even though I am giving Take Back The Skies two stars, I might check out the second book because I love the story world and am curious what will happen next! Let me know what you think when you read it.