Series: Take Back The Skies, #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all...
There’s something really exciting about reading a book that was written by a teenager. I mean, how awesome is that? A nineteen year old wrote a book at the age of sixteen got her book published. While I ended up DNFing this book, it’s still amazing to think of how Lucy Saxon managed to do this.
I hadn’t really heard of this book until late May where all the hype started to brew, and I think that this is a good example where hype takes a turn for bad. However, Take Back the Skies isn’t necessarily a terrible novel itself. With time, I would have been able to finish this book, but when you’ve got exams and homework piling up by the minute and the TBR stack multiplying, I just couldn’t waste my time reading something that wasn’t appealing to me. To get to the point, I’m just going to list the reasons which led up to me DNFing this novel. I read up to around halfway (not sure, as it was a physical copy) and did a little skimming for a few chapters after that.
1. The writing is incredibly juvenile. Yes, I get it, a teenager wrote this, so what do you expect? But the hype that went around with this book made me think that it was a really good book and the writing was highly advanced. Honestly, I expected much better writing skills to be in this book. I’ve read a few reviews after I finished reading the book myself, and many said it would appeal to a younger audience. I definitely do agree; in fact, I think this should have been marketed as a middle-grade novel. Being a 14 year old myself, I still struggled to see eye with the main character’s view, nevertheless the writing. Furthermore, I was not a fan of the constant exclamation marks and telling vs showing.
2. The love interest and romance were both infuriating. I’m sorry but the romance here, it doesn’t work. We get to meet the love interest early on in the novel however the romance doesn’t really begin until later in the novel (I read bits of it whilst skimming). I don’t have a whole lot to say about the romance other than what I did read, wasn’t anything close to chemistry, but Fox, the love interest himself was an ass. I didn’t like his personality at all and he also happened to be really sexist. There are several references made throughout the book and it had me fuming up by the second. He protects Cat because she’s a girl. Like seriously? U. G. H.
3. So many plot holes and fail world building. I didn’t get half of the things that happened in this book and why the government people treated the commoners so terribly. Also, the world building fell completely flat for me. We don’t really get to know much about Cat’s world and like I mentioned before, there’s only telling and not much showing.
In all, I am very disappointed with Take Back the Skies. I am not going to be continuing with the series. However, kudos to the author for writing such a unique idea.
~Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy!~
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