Thursday, May 8, 2014
By Lucy Saxon
To go with this an éclair to pair with the stormy skies.
Take Back The Skies is set in a very original steam-punkesque universe where ships sail through the sky and storms not the ocean is the threat.
Catherine or Cat is a very likable and well rounded main character. She has spunk and independence which is much appreciated. She doesn't let others decide things for her, and she figures things out quickly.
The book starts out with Catherine planning her escape because her father has decided to marry her off, and her mother is dying, so there is nothing keeping her there. We then begin to explore the universe, as Cat has stowed away on a smuggler's ship.
The universe its self is fascinating with elements of steam punk, dystopia, and fantasy all melded together. In addition the universe is truly original. All to often books seem to fit it to cookie cuter formats with some variation. However this book creates a fun new world.
Its on the ship that we meet the majority of the other characters including the main romantic interest, Fox. All of the characters are fleshed out well and I really liked Fox. He was interesting, funny, and he and Cat take time to like each probably because Cat pretends to be a boy.
The ending and final part of the book is also really interesting because of all the twists that I'm not going to spoil. Its safe to say that you won't see them coming.
While there is another potential romantic interest introduced, Prince James. I appreciate that Cat shows no interest. Also I liked that the characters react very naturally to events that happen.
Lucy Saxon Take Back the Skies