Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 10 March 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: AudioBookJukeBox.com, Publisher, Submitted
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy.
Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.
Showoff, reckless maverick Chase Harcourt, call sign Nyx, isn't one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war, and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental Streaker jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. 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, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn't play well with others. But to save her country, she just may have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
Cori McCarthy's taut, romantic action-adventure will shoot your pulse straight into overdrive with her brilliantly imagined and frighteningly possible future.
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It is the near future, and the United States has been isolated by a technologically superior Asia. Their superior killer drones have forced the US to leave the rest of the world alone, no alliances, no trade, no communication. Breaking this rule will result in devastating attacks and punishment. Consequently, the US has lost all of its world influence and has slipped into a long and slow economic decline.
Chase Harcourt is one of two pilots in a small and elite secret project to develop a jet capable of outmaneuvering the drones. One of its limitations is that only the most physically fit youths can operate it. The g-forces would injure or kill an adult. If the project is successful, the US hopes to build enough of these jets and train enough young pilots to operate them. The problem is, how do they test them against a drone without revealing their secret and getting attacked in the process.
Breaking Sky is a teen romance novel wrapped in a pretty implausible plot. This should not be a deterrent for the right audience, however. The listener is inside Chase’s hormone addled brain for the whole ride and much of it is pretty entertaining. She loves flying and flirting. She also makes teenage mistakes, because she is a teenager being asked to take on adult risks and responsibilities.
The science and physics of the story shouldn’t be held against the story or the author. They are treated only as backdrop or furniture. If you go into the novel with this understanding, you will not be asking those pesky questions about science or why the US can’t simply make its own drones. But where’s the fun in that?
The story is read by Caitlin Davies, who does a good job, mostly staying out of the listener’s way. Her voices are clearly differentiated and her tone is appropriate for the characters. She sounds like Chase to the listener.
This is a young adult science fiction novel that doesn’t quite cross over to science fiction for adults. But, for the intended audience, (teens, especially girls) it should be quite entertaining and well worth a listen.
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