Publication Date: 08 Sept 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Nick James – Blog
Place(s) Traveled to: Syracuse, New York // Rochester, New York // Portland, Oregon // Seattle, Washington // Wichita, Kansas // Ellensburg (Lnbrg), Washington
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: My fingers grip the ledge, searching for cracks.
Skyship Academy Series Order
Book 1: The Pearl Wars
Book 2: Crimson Rising (~Fall 2012)
Book 3: Untitled (~Fall 2013)
Prior to BEA 2011 I had never heard of this book and I only stumbled upon it as I attended the book signing of another author and afterwards we all got to talking over at the Flux booth. Nick started to describe his book but once I saw the blurb by James Dashner I knew that it was something I had to check out. I’m not usually one to be swayed by blurbs (and to be honest I don’t usually read them) but I’ve met James several times and so he’s an exception.
From the start of this book all the way until the last page I was sucked into the story. I love the world that Nick created which was a bit sci-fi with a wee addition of dystopian mixed in. I loved how he gave a brief history of how the world came to be what it was without being dry or weighing down the story. He made a believable futuristic world where resources are scarce and humanity has been divided into factions as they fight for survival.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well. This was very much a boy book with the majority of the main characters being boys. There was a couple of token girls tossed into the mix but they didn’t always come across as very girly to me and were a bit stiff and awkward at times. But overall I really enjoyed all of the characters. I liked how Jessie was more your typical boy then anyone overtly special. He wasn’t the best in his class, he was more likely to be the one who was messing up. But given the circumstances that he was thrust into he came into his own and turned his ordinariness into something more.
I really enjoyed this story and all the possibilities that it raised for the rest of the series. The writing was strong and I was really invested in the story. I wasn’t surprised by some of the twists and turns. And there were times when I thought some events were a bit far fetched. I liked how there were active adults in the story – although their were times where they came across as a bit stiff as well. But what I like best about the book is the potential for what is to come. As a first in a series it hit all the right notes in building a world and characters that you want to know more about. I am really looking forward to the second book and you will as well once you give this one a try.