January 23, 2018

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
Dystopian futuristic society. Coming of age teen angst. A love triangle. Human/robot hybrids. Dragons unrelentingly setting virtually everything on fire. Check, check, check, check, and check. The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith has all of this and more. I'll be honest and say that I had no clue what this book was about at first, but I was fascinated by the cover. The neon graffiti-ed look drew me in, but as soon as I read the synopsis I was hooked. 

The scene is Empire Island, a once booming metropolis now nearly abandoned as dragons have burned it to the ground. These two dragons appeared randomly in the sky and have not left for years, looming above the city 24/7 and taking no prisoners as they burn and reburn what little remains of Empire Island. Enter Duncan Ripple, a rich, privileged teen set on disregarding orders and living his life, as he crashes his hovercraft on a neighboring desert island. Here is where Abracadabra, or Abby, nurses him back to health until they are both rescued. Upon returning home, they are met by Swanny, Duncan's betrothed, as their parents force a union that neither of them seems to want. Chaos ensues, the three teens escape, and they are left to their own devices on a journey of self-discovery and survival in a smoldering city.

I really enjoyed this book. It is so unique, fun, and engaging, and almost impossible to categorize. The characters were all very well developed, and the plot was exciting and different. While the three characters were intertwined, they each had their own distinctive arc that developed them individually. Although it didn't bother me much, I will say that some of the language used might annoy a more traditional reader. Men are "pros" and women are "fems", and traditional names of objects are abandoned in favor of modernized versions such as the "Toob" for television, a "HowDouse" for a firetruck, and "LookyGlass" for what seems to be a cell phone. 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith releases TODAY so be sure to pick up a copy!

Thank you so much to Crown Publishing for sending me a finished copy of this beauty!


Bewitched Reader Book Blog said...

I have a copy of this coming in the mail and I was rather nervous about it but your review makes me excited!

Nikki said...

Not my typical genre but I have been reading many reviews on similar books that I may need to switch it up and join in!

Jennifer Garey said...

This book sounds so enticing! I really want to know more about it! Great review!

Whispering Stories said...

I like dystopian books, but as long as they are not too futuristic as I'm not a sci fi fan. Love the cover, really stands out. Great review.

DJ Sakata said...

Sounds like this had a lot going on

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Ohh this one does looks and sounds very intriguing and unique. I absolutely love the cover as well. I'm curious to check this book out myself one day. Great Review and Thank you so much for sharing.

Wynne Katherine said...

I love the cover, it's definitely a unique one. I will be checking this book out