Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy (Review)

21996355I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

DNF at 40%

The year is 2048 and the USA has isolated itself from the rest of the world. There is a cold war happening between the USA and New Eastern Blo. Chase Harcourt, aka ‘Nyx’ is a pilot for the Air Force Academy, one of two pilots who fly the ‘Streaker’ jets. She is impulsive and disobedient. One day when Chase is in the sky she thinks she sees another ‘Streaker’, one that is not from the USA. The world starts to tilt towards war.

I have a new bookish resolution for 2015, and that is to not read a book that I am not enjoying. With university being so busy, I have little time to read, especially in upcoming months, so I decided to not waste my time on books that I’m not enjoying. While I feel bad ‘reviewing’ a book I haven’t finished, I still feel the need to say why I did not finish it.

So, to start with, I just want to say that Breaking Sky just could not hold my attention. I had started to skim read which is never good. One main problem I had was the world building. Perhaps because I hadn’t got far enough, but I would assume that by 40% there would be some decent background information and world building. Why is there a cold war? In a book like this you need to give that information. Also why did the USA isolate itself? I understand other countries can’t help, but why? Why can’t they help? I needed this sort of information in order to fully engage with that dystopian world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of that information.

Chase was a character that I did admire, but there were a lot that annoyed me. For example constantly breaking the rules, which are there for a reason then is a bit shocked and then worried when she has to suffer the consequences. While she does accept them, she will then go on to break more rules, despite already having a formal warning. She nearly causes a war and nearly heats up a cold war, all to prove a point. She was like a child throwing a tantrum. You would think due to vulnerable and fragile circumstances and tension between the countries she wouldn’t start breaking treaties single handedly. There was a lot of slut shaming in Breaking Sky, Chase was constantly getting called a ‘skank’ and a ‘tease’ by everyone except her best friend, Henry, aka Pippin. Then when her love interest Tristan came into the picture everything started to get really cliché.

Overall, it was not for me, but that isn’t to say that others might not like it.

MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆

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