Title: Broken Sky
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Publication: March 1st 2016 by Usborne
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.
Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.
And where your date of birth marks your destiny.
But nothing is perfect.
And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?
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A heart-pounding adventure of Amity Vancour as a Peacefighter of the Western Seaboard – being the one who fights other jet pilots with something large at stake to keep the country’s “peace” from other – started with a prologue that overshadows the climax of the story. Then, the book continued with chapters that spoke about the past before the prologue happened which made me intrigued to read more.
To be honest, the start of the book was incredibly slow which made me want to drop this book and start a new one. But since being a good reader and reviewer, I opt myself to finish the book without thinking that it is also hefty. I don’t like hefty books especially when it is really losing my interest as I read it. Fortunately, as I read on, the book slowly picked up its pace and was starting to get interesting. I have also problems regarding the sudden shift of character’s perspectives because in some part, it is Amity we are talking about, then it moves on to the perspective of Kay, an astrologer who desperately wants to be noticed by Gunnison.
“Our heartbeats thudded together even through his jacket and my coat. I buried my face against his neck, breathing him in – the smell of machine oil, summertime, a thousand memories.”
With a touch of astrology, the people were affected by the power of Gunnison, the leader of Central States, who believes that the birth chart is the guide to knowing whether people are a threat to him or not. “Discordants” are what they call them and Gunnison is quickly eradicating their existence. With the help of astrology and some Tarot cards which he strongly believed in, he is slowly taking over to defeat the Western Seaboard’s pilots. This is one aspect that I admirably loved about the book because astrological signs were mentioned that determine the person himself as Discordant or not.
The style of writing brought about was beautiful to read. There were times that it was difficult to read because of the technicalities it focused like the parts of the fighter jet the pilots used to fight other countries. Despite this, like I said, the writing was beautiful especially when used in fantasy books because its descriptions are detailed and will definitely give you a good picture of what is happening around.
“No one can judge your actions unless they’ve been there.”
Another thing commendable about this book is its romance. Not too light nor too much– just a perfect blend of romance with perfect characters to portray it. The romance had a fantastic role in bringing the audience a message that love is powerful, be it for another person or for family, but you have to control love to be able to accomplish your mission.
Ultimately, with the things mentioned above, they played an important role to creating a book filled with complexities in regards to the world-building. What I liked most about this book is the plot executed well by the author herself. This book also ended with a great cliffhanger, which I don’t like but giving this book an exception because it completely made me want to acquire the second installment. Definitely recommended to post-apocalyptic and flying-and-fighting jets lovers.
4 swords for this action-packed awesomeness!
About the author:
Lee Weatherly was born in 1967 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She lives with her husband in Hampshire, England, where she writes, goes on walks, tries out new recipes and has a cat named Bernard.
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