Hey guys, welcome to my tour stop on the TAKE BACK THE SKIES by Lucy Saxon blog tour, hosted by Bloomsbury!
I received this book for free from [book-publisher] in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Series: Take Back the Skies #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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 . . .
Firstly, can I just say that the cover design team for TAKE BACK THE SKIES did an amazing job? Because they did. The cover for this book is so pretty, I can’t stop looking at it on my shelf!
TAKE BACK THE SKIES is about a 14/15 year old girl who comes from one of the wealthiest families and wants to run away. While this premise is nothing new, Catherine (Cat) happens to live on a completely different planet in a completely different galaxy, making this book immediately interesting and unique. I do have to admit that the world building at the beginning made me a bit lost because this story does take place in a whole new time and place. Lots of planets/countries were named and it took some time for me to realize where we were located and how all these places were related. There is a giant war that is raging on and it was a little confusing as to where it was taking place, who initiated it, and why. But at the same time, I thought Saxon did a great job at using descriptors and captivating the audience immediately with her writing style.
As I mentioned, our main protagonist, Catherine, is only 14 and at times that really showed. I’m more of an upper YA reader most days and I did find myself getting a little distracted with some of Catherine’s choices. They just didn’t seem logical for someone so young. I have a 13 year old sister and could never imagine her taking the risks that Cat did. Some days Catherine was a very mature character, acting well beyond her years, while other days she did act like a 14 year old with no worldly experience. For the most part though, I think that Saxon really captured the innocence and sense of adventure and youngness (yes, I made that word up) of Catherine well, making her story believable.
While I did have some minor issues with Cat’s age, her actions, and some of the events that happened because of this, I found myself wanting to continue reading every chance I got and am excited to continue this series. Instead of continuing on with Catherine’s journey with a ship of smugglers, the next book is going to focus on a completely different set of characters in a new location. As Saxon gets older and her writing matures, the series will only get better in my humble opinion. This is a debut book by a young author whose experience and writing ability can only go up from here. I’m definitely willingly to give this series another shot!