Spotlight: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

Today I’m on a spotlight tour for Cori McCarthy’s Breaking Sky, with a character profile, teaser, and tour-wide giveaway. Let’s get started!


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Meet the Elite Teen Fighter Pilots of the United Star Academy

Call Sign: ARROW
Position: Pilot
Height: 5’11
Hair Color: Long black hair
Eye Color: Ice blue
Age: 18
Originally from: Ottawa, Canada
Plane name and description: PHOENIX, Streaker Jet Prototype 0
Years in the service: 4
Personality strengths: Loyal, trustworthy, outgoing
Personality weaknesses: Suffers from PTSD

Breaking Sky teaser:

He hit Pippin like a linebacker, tossing him to the pavement. Chase threw herself on the guy’s back. She got her elbow around his neck and was about to choke him when the pilot lifted her off like she weighed nothing. He tossed her down and hauled his RIO away from Pippin.

“You’ve ruined everything!” the RIO shouted as his pilot dragged him to a safer distance. His voice cramped with a French accent.

“He didn’t fly us into this!” Chase yelled back. “I did!”

“I don’t hit girls.” The RIO pointed at Pippin. “That little one I can take.”

“How noble.” Chase pulled Pippin to his feet. His face was cranberry and he gasped unevenly. “You all right?”

He slapped his chest and gave her a thumbs-up.

Chase set her eyes on the pilot. His face was all but hidden behind his visor, and his red helmet was adorned with a white maple leaf above a stenciled call sign: ARROW.

Spotlight: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthyBreaking Sky by Cori McCarthy
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on March 10th 2015
ISBN: 9781492601418
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.

Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

drey’s thoughts:

Chase Harcourt is extremely confident and eminently capable – in the air. She’s a teenager in the United Star Academy, flying a prototype that can be fast enough to take on the drones that enforce America’s isolation. Chase – call sign Nyx – is fearless in the cockpit, but a complete mess outside of it. She just doesn’t have the necessary tools to navigate the stress – of proving that the Streaker can do all that’s expected of it and she‘s the best pilot to take it through its paces.

I loved Chase, flawed as she is. Her brash attitude hides a multitude of insecurities, and while she knows when she’s being unreasonable or rude or generally not very nice, she’s not sure what to do about it. In other words, she’s confused – and normal.

I loved the flying. I cried for days when I found out I had to wear glasses. I was six. Anyway, back to the flying, of which there’s plenty, and I was completely engrossed by McCarthy’s descriptions of the sky, the horizon, the impact of pulling multiple-Gs, which made it seem so real (to this non-pilot!).

Of course, Chase isn’t the only teenager at this flight school, and the other part of Breaking Sky that sucks you in is the drama and angst of Chase and her fellow students. Broken hearts, competitive streaks, secrets, taunts, basically everything you’d expect to see in a high school, are all present.

Then Chase sees another Streaker – when they’ve been told there are only two. Whose is it? Why isn’t it at Star? What’s going on? When nobody has the answers Chase is looking for, she goes off the reservation to prove she’s not imagining things, she’s not cracking under the pressure.

What do you get when you throw an insecure teenager who’s very good at one thing, into a highly stressful situation? I believe the military terminology is FUBAR. And watching the crash that is Chase, hoping she can walk away from the impact, is what makes Breaking Sky completely unputdownable. Adrenaline junkies should check this one out, but make sure you’ve the time set aside to inhale it in one sitting.

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Breaking Sky? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!


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About Cori McCarthy

CORI MCCARTHY studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan.

One comment

  1. Karou from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. She was amazing. Chase sounds like a good on. I am looking forward to it.

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