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Crimson Rising

(Skyship Academy #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Our best-selling sci-fi series continues

Following their dramatic showdown in Seattle, Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson find their world’s been turned inside out. The faculty at Skyship Academy is keeping Jesse a prisoner in his own home, fearful of his influence over Pearls. And Cassius, once a loyal Pearlhound for the Unified Party, has been pushed into hiding, fearful
Paperback, 1st Edition, 360 pages
Published September 8th 2012 by Flux
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Crimson Rising totally awed me! It's a furiously fast-paced blend of action and science fiction set against a well-developed post-apocalyptic backdrop. A fantastic, intensely readable sequel to one of my favorite books of 2011!

Cassius is on the run. After he betrayed Madam and destroyed a government building, he was forced to escape to Canada's Polar Cities. His plan was to lie low, stay out of the radar of the Unified Party and learn how to control his newly awakened power. Ever since he ran
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crimson Rising was about Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson trying to fight for their lives. The government had pushed Cassius into hiding on Earth. But once Jesse finds a red pearl and brings it back to Skyship Academy it leads to a lot of destruction. But the red pearl leads Jesse to meet his brother, Cassius, again. He also has an unwanted meeting with Theo, Madame’s new little servant, who has a crazy capability for killing people very easily and he enjoys doing it too. They then find out th ...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

The action was there from page one. The intrigue was heightened with the new details introduced in this second book. This book was as enjoyable as the first book. Then why the point drop? For me, I felt the characters lost their charm in a way.

Crimson Rising starts off with Cassius running from the Slum Lords in a Canadian city. Remember, the world is devastated and isn't the same as the one we live in. Part of the book is told from Cassuis' perspective even though it's told in third
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In Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars, we learned that Jesse and Cassius both are Drifters or simply put aliens from out of Earth. Jesse and Cassiu's parents had lived on until their planet became unstable so they had to send their people off their planet , although The Authority who is composed of people who are coming from Haven (Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson's home planet) who happen to be Shifters and are capable of man
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This is Book Two in a several book saga titled Skyship Academy, and I am here to tell you that I would have been well served to read Book One first!

(I know...duhhh!!)

This sci fi young adult saga takes place a hundred or so years into the future. At this time planet Earth has been devastated by war and the onset of global warming. Warring factions of the survivors have separated into three camps: those who live in Chosen Cities, which are domed and climate controlled; those Separatists who li
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Before I start, I should preface this review with… if you haven’t read the first book in the Skyship Academy series, The Pearl Wars, then you shouldn’t read this review until you do. It’s for your own good. Feel free check out my review of The Pearl Wars if you are wondering what the first book is like. To those who did read The Pearl Wars and it’s been awhile, I recommend re-reading parts of the book to help bring you up to speed. The author does reminisc
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Crimson Rising was a very different book from its predecessor, The Pearl Wars. I liked and enjoyed it, but Crimson Rising followed a completely path than I was imagining. Science fiction is such an underdog genre I feel like - there's not a ton of it in YA, but when there is a science fiction YA, it blows my socks off with the sheer awesome of it.

The first half of Crimson Rising was good, but it was the second half that really sold me. There were a few shaky moments throughout the first
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe Nick outdid himself with this sequel!


Y'all need to get this series out there. Nick James is an underrated YA writer!

The Story:

Following their dramatic showdown in Seattle, Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson find their world’s been turned inside out. The faculty at Skyship Academy is keeping Jesse a prisoner in his own home, fearful of his influence over Pearls. And Cassius, once a loyal Pearlhound for the Unified Party, has been pushed into hiding, fearful of his government's
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After the showdown in Seattle at the end of Pearl Wars, Jesse Fisher and Cassius Stevenson realize there is a lot they have yet to uncover about their home planet and family. The Skyship Academy is now basically holding Jesse prisoner, assigning him an older-brother-type gaurd and sentencing him to what basically amounts to a time out. Cassius is now on the run — from his original home of the Unified Party, and also from his original enemies, the Academy itself.

This story jumped straight into th
Julie Witt
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Opinion: My opinion is very simple: I loved it!! What an awesome installment in what is becoming one of my favorite series! This book blends action, suspense, and science fiction perfectly!

In the Pearl Wars, we're introduced to a post-apocalyptic/dystopian society where sources of energy, or Pearls, are desperately needed, so when one comes down from space, the race is on to see who will find it first. Enter Jesse and Cassius, one working for the Skyship Academy and the other working for the
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Spoiler free review of Book Two (for one and two), but the description may have some spoilers, so you may want to skip that.

It was probably two months since I read the first book but it was about right amount of time between the two because I still remembered everything but I wasn't burnt out on the world (which tends to happen to me). This one starts out about 4 months after the last one ended and we get a little caught up with what everyone has been up to before the story really goes crazy. I
Like some others, I had never seen the first book before being given a copy of the second book at last year's ALA conference. At first, I didn't see a problem, because the book jumped into action quickly, and was interesting. Unfortunately, things bog down a little in the middle of the book if you haven't read the first volume. Relationships gradually become clear, but for me some of the motivations never did.
Why did the wise and clever aliens send a rescue party to Earth with so little clue as
Adrienne Amborski
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-titles
Readers of Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars will not be disappointed in this second entry of a planned trilogy. A perfect blend of the popular dystopian genre and science fiction; Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising allows readers to continue the story of the mysterious extraterrestrial green pearls used to power a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been ravaged by environmental decay and chemical attacks. In alternating chapters, duo protagonists and newly united brothers, Jesse and Cassius struggle to ...more
Anne Hamilton
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, spec-fic
I really liked this book. However, the cover didn't really advertise it was the second book in a series and, although it was possible to pick up the backstory along the way, I think it would have been helpful to have read Book 1 first.

I also found the style curious. The chapters from Fisher's point-of-view are told in first person and the chapters from Cassius' perspective are told in third person. It doesn't matter that much, except in the early chapters, where it's extremely odd to go from Cha
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-release
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I really love the Skyship Academy series as it has given me a fresh look on science fiction books at a whole. The concept is just so fresh and unique that you can't help but to enjoy it. This novel had a lot of action and and just entertaining scenes as a whole. Once again the story is told from the different perspectives of Jesse and Cassius. Even though they are brothers they are completely different characters, ye
Ji Mei
The moment I picked up this book, I couldn't stop. It was so exciting, dynamic, and full of action. I liked how Jesse gained some backbone in this one compared to the first book. The plot thickens with the rise of a new enemy and I'm so excited for the third one! I like the characters more in this one, but Cassius doesn't seem to have much about him compared with Jesse. And I'm not sure if it's because I read the first one a while ago, but there seemed a little connection as to how Jesse gained ...more
Anna-Maria Crum
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series (trilogy?) and it does a good job of continuing the action. Several new figures have been added to the cast. Theo, in particular, is a very interesting character. I'm curious to see if he continues all bad or if he's redeemable. The action is pretty good, especially at the end. My quibble with the plot is how often things happen coincidentally or fortuitously. It's lazy plotting and could so easily be set up so it doesn't feel author manipulated. I also thin ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Book two in the series. Fast paced, students will like this series. It is not objectionable. (swearing, sex, etc) **stop here for spoilers** Our young pearl breaker finds that there are red pearls and they are powerful. Hard to beat. We also learn who the real enemy is-- Matigo, and his son, Theo is a very strong ridium manipulator. He is hard to beat-- this book leaves us thinking he is dead, but I doubt it. He took the bracelets/bands off the brothers and in doing this he opened the skies for ...more
Abi Walton
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space, ya
This book the second one to Skyship Academy was really good again it was fast pass and action filled. At first it took me a couple of chapters to get into the book however by the middle i didn't want to put it down. i became entangled in a world full of pearls and brothers who need one another to fight an innovation that at the moment seems inevitable. i really enjoy the relationship between Jesse and Cassius and hope it continues to grow i would love to see them fighting side by side in the nex ...more
Christian Driftmyer
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! One of my all-time favorites, but I don't think anything can ever beat the mythology books by Rick Riordan. This book, heck, this whole series had everything I look for in a book! It had the romance that drove the story and gave you something other than the basic survival of the main character to cheer for. IT had page turning action and kept me on the edge of my seat with the suspense. I love the way he keeps you biting your nails and pulls the unexpected out of no ...more
Anja Manning
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great sequel to "The Pearl Wars". This is another novel I could not put down. The combination of science fiction and dystopia is flawless, and the characters are very well developed. The book is somewhat 'darker' than the previous one, but still an exciting, page-turning read.

The story-telling of this series is truly exceptional and I cannot wait for future books by this author. Until then, I may just re-read this one.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian, sci-fi
Book two was better than book 1. It's still YA... it still has it's flaws. BUT what a great story. The end left me crazy for book 3 and sadly I don't even know when it will be written. It was enjoyably suspenseful and I love that it's actual Sci-Fi and not a bunch of paranormal fantasy romances with gorgeous mythological creatures. Good job Mr. James. Keep it up! *ahhh* Book 3 HURRY!!!

Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read The Pearl Wars and Crimson Rising back to back. Excellent story, taut action, loads of twists in the plot. Really an excellent adventure. Kinda left me wanting for more, but it doesn't look like there's a schedule for a book 3. Do any of you know if and when there'll be another one?

All in all highly recommended read
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series has a lot going for it. It's creative. The world-building and plot feel unique, even though it also has standard elements for the genre. The characters are conflicted and complicated. It has good pacing and action. Even though it's been awhile since I read the first one, this one made sense. And the ending left me going, "Fuck. Now I have to wait for book three." WIN.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
There was less surprise for me in this title. With the reveal at the end of The Pearl Wars , a huge number of options were open to the author. While the were a few fantastic moments related to the reveal, but they were not overwhelming to the story. This still resulted in the suspense was not quite so intensely as before. I look forward to the third title.
Elias Cobb
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book. It was Ok, nothing horrible. It just felt like the same thing as the first book. Yes there's a different storyline now with a new "enemy." But overall, it felt like the same book over again. I'll read the next one, and see if things change. Not a bad read; fast, and lightly entertaining.
Kelly Zsuzsa Németh
Nick James creates a dimensional future with an amazing world building. This book was far more exciting than the first. It was action packed, with amazing developed characters and flawless timing. Theo was so wicked, I hated him. I want the next book of the series right now.
Traci Haley
This was a little harder to get into than the first, but once the action picked up, I really enjoyed it. I'm truly hoping that everything will work out well for the characters in the end, because I've really come to care about them.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this book a lot harder to read. The story line is fantastic but the sentence structure was harder for me. I found myself skim reading frequently. But I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-and-kids
middle and upper grades
alternating POV, one first person, the other third person
fast-paced adventure, told from two boys' perspectives, but strong female characters so should appeal to both boys and girls
second in a trilogy
science fantasy (i.e. not hard science)
dystopian future
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