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Breaking Sky

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She lives for speed. She’ll die for love.

A high-flying, adrenaline-fueled thriller for fans of Divergent and The Young Elites. “Breaking Sky is an action-packed thrill ride.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series.

Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. 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. 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.

Breaking Sky is a gritty coming of age tale with tons of action, a fascinating dystopian society, humor, friendship, romance and heart-stopping, high-stakes flying that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Breaking Sky has also been optioned for film by Sony Pictures.

“Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing.”—Kirkus

“Had me in its grip from take-off to landing. Chase is a kick-butt female and the swoon-worthy flyboys kept me up way past my bedtime.” —Joy N. Hensley, author of Rites of Passage

“A non-stop thrill ride... will keep you reading at the speed of sound. Breaking Sky is one of the most exciting reads of the year.” —Thomas E. Sniegoski, New York Times bestselling author of The Fallen series 

“McCarthy puts her characters in increasingly tense situations, testing them to the breaking point…[A] crazy-cool story.”—Booklist

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 05, 2015 – Chase Harcourt is “an excellent pilot. And, if she was being honest, kind of a crappy person.” Arrogant, impulsive, confrontational, and competitive, her promiscuity and brashness are bywords in the rec room of the Air Force’s United Star Academy, where she is the favorite cadet of the commanding officer, General Kale. (Fans of the Battlestar Galactica reboot will see more than a little Starbuck in Chase.) With her brilliant crewman Pippin, Chase flies the Dragon, an experimental Streaker jet and America’s fragile hope of countering the threat of the world’s only superpower, Ri Xiong Di. Only two Streakers exist—until Chase encounters a third one that no one in command will admit to. World War III and the pilot trials loom, but Chase focuses on one thing: proving that the third plane is out there. McCarthy (The Color of Rain) deploys breath-stopping depictions of high-stakes piloting with enviable ease, and the in-your-face personal confrontations are nearly as taut. Both will keep readers glued to the page. Ages 14–up.

Customer Reviews


This is a wonderfully sculpted book that focuses in on problems of the main character, Chase. She experienced a little journey throughout the story to find herself and how to connect with others again. It's a great coming-of-age novel. However lacking slightly in plot and thrill, the character development is phenomenal and deserves to be read.

Breaking Sky
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 8-12
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: Mar 10, 2015
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Seller: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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