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Breaking Sky

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,218 ratings  ·  260 reviews
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy

Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and lo
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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3 Stars!

I liked this book. I didn't love it but I found it to be rather entertaining. When I first saw the description for this book, I couldn't wait to read it. I immediately thought of the movie "Top Gun" but with a dystopian twist. After reading the book, I really have a lot of mixed feelings about it.

I think that there were some things that were done really well in this book. The story was incredibly fast paced with a lot of action. The c
Booknut 101
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
Me reading the prologue:
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Me reading everything after the prologue:
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Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I am disappointed. I thought this sounded so good and it reminded me a tiny bit of Illuminae, so I knew it would be a fun read. I was wrong. I found the main character extremely unlikeable and the plot was very similar to Top Gun, as many reviews have pointed out. I just couldn't get into this and I was glad when it was over.

Chase is the hotshot equivalent of Maverick, but even more cocky and pretty mean. She keeps everyone at arm's length and pushes away anyone who cares for her. She disregard

Once & Future is on of my favorite books ever and I knew I was going to enjoy Cory's other books! I wish I'd read this one sooner. It's also narrated by one of my favorites, so I highly recommend the audiobook.

Chase Harcourt has one true love: flying. One of the two pilots chosen to test out the newest "Streaker" jets, Chase cannot wait for the upcoming trials. Chase is ready to prove she's the best there is, but when she finds there's a secret third pilot, this military secret could bring
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I 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 Block. 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 hav
Beatrice Masaluñga
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Thank you NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Breaking Sky is the new dystopia to look forward to read on 2015. I'm so glad I have read this one though it took me a while to finish this because of some unfamiliar terms used in this book. I absolutely love the aeronautic concept in this story. It's exciting, thrilling, just imagining yourself in a fighting jet.. it's an adrenaline rush.

Chase "Nyx" Harcourt is one of the two star pilots to fly an experimental streaker
I have a lot of problems with this book. Without these problems, I may have given this book more than one star. But I can't. Because these problems are HUGE. I'm only going to focus on the giant three, that have me questioning how this even got published.

Here we go.

1) This book is a rip off of the movie Top Gun.

Quick breakdown of how: Chase=Maverick (but female obviously). They both take unnecessary risks. They're flashy and they're showy and they don't give a damn about anyone but themselves.
Justin Girard
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was recently able to get my hands on an ARC for this novel.

This is McCarthy's follow up to the excellent Color of Rain and it DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!! I have a new hero and she goes by the call sign "Nyx".

McCarthy has crafted a fantastic world and a great story. Breaking Sky takes place in the near future where America is in forced isolation from the rest of the world by the Ri Xiong Di, the controlling faction of the New Eastern Bloc. The two nations are embroiled in a second Cold War. America i
**I received this book for free from (Sourcebooks Fire) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Set in the near future (2048) where the US is isolated and alone in the world, Breaking Sky has all the elements of being the little sister to big brother Top Gun with perhaps a bit of Ender's Game. But, instead of hot shot Navy pilots led by Tom
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first read the premise for Breaking Sky, I was immediately intrigued by the fact that Chase is not only a jet flyer, but a teen female pilot chosen to fly an experimental new jet known as the "Streaker." I'm all for "girl-power" so I had to see for myself what this new heroine was all about.

Breaking Sky revolves around an elite group of teens training to fly experimental jets as the threat of a new cold war escalates. Chase Harcourt, aka "Nyx," is one of the two pilots chosen to secretly
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Books are TARDIS
Dear fellow reader, this review is going to be one big spoiler-a-thon. It might turn into a bit of a rant-a-thon too, if I can muster the strength. I'll tag the very spoiler-y spoilers, but if you don't want too much military intelligence on this book, I suggest you say No Joy (aviator slang for: failure to make visual sighting; or inability to establish radio communications) and turn your jet towards a spoiler-free airspace.

Welcome, those of you who got past that disclaimer. Let's start this de
Feb 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading this book, it was a fantastic sci fi, and I can't wait to read more by Cory McCarthy! ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
America has lost its world dominance and enemy drones are wreaking havoc on its survival. All hopes rest on an elite group of teenaged warrior flyers trained to be the best of the best in super-secret fighter jets that, under the right pilots could save the country. Two jets exist, and Chase has made it her mission to be one of those elite pilots. Brilliant, driven and a little too impetuous, Chase has demons to beat down in her mind, one flight at a time. A star in the skies, back on solid grou ...more
Breaking Sky grabs you from the very first few lines - and doesn't let go. Chase, call sign Nyx, is a cadet at the United Star Academy, an airforce base for teens as they prepare to join the US military in the Second Cold War. Chase is part of one of two teams who fly the Streakers, jets so powerful only young and strong teen pilots can fly them.

I didn't like Chase at first. She was bold, cocky, arrogant and reckless, but then you'd get these little glimpse of more hiding beneath the surface an
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Chase is a fighter pilot at the United Star Academy. Her call sign is Nyx. She is one of two pilots to fly the new Streaker jets. While out flying Chase comes in contact with another Streaker, only this one is a third one. Chase is curious to find out who the third pilot is. Chase does find out who the other pilot it. His name is Tristan call sign Arrow. He is a pilot for the Royal Canadian Junior Air Force Academy.

Right from the beginning this book started out with a big bang...literally. Ther
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
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On paper this looked like a great book to read, but after trying to read this book over the weekend I have to put it down.

The story just feels meh, and Chase I could happily throw out of her own speeding jet.....or lock her in as it hurtles towards the earth. For me she had no redeeming qualities and I thought she was far too up herself to be likeable. She may be the fastest flyer, but she is also the fastest character to make me dislike her so much.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secr
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jordan Brantley
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy


The Story: 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
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A strong but lonely and flawed female protagonist striving to prove herself amongst the other teenagers in the air-force. Great characters but not so great storyline.

Opening Sentence: Speed turned her on.

The Review:

I haven’t read many books set in the Air Force, especially not one where the cadets are teenagers training for a war. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about this book, I’ve even heard that it is being considered for a TV/film but I di
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

Cori McCarthy in her book, Breaking Sky, tells the story of a young air force pilot named Chase. The story is set in the near future where America is in the middle of another cold war with the Ri Xiong Di Dynasty in China. America's hope lies with The United Star Academy and a group of elite teen pilots flying experimental jets called Streakers. The Streaker Program was an answer to combat the Ri Xiong Di's Red Drones. One day while test flying one of the most advanced planes in the world, Chase
Jessica | Bookish Serendipity
I loved Breaking Sky! I’ve read very few books about pilots, and never anything about a female pilot set in the future. I hadn’t heard much about this book before I requested it so I didn’t have super high expectations, but Breaking Sky just blew me away. I definitely recommend it.

This book centres around Chase, a young hotshot pilot for America during the Second Cold War. It is set in 2048, which isn’t too far in the future at all. Despite how different the world seems at first (teen pilots, ad
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
My original Breaking Sky audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

It is the near future, and the United States has been isolated by a technologically superior Asia. Their superior killer drones have forced the US to leave the rest of the world alone, no alliances, no trade, no communication. Breaking this rule will result in devastating attacks and punishment. Consequently, the US has lost all of its world influence and has slipped into a long and slow economic decline
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
My thanks to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

To be honest, I was not expecting much from this book. The synopsis made me think that "Breaking Sky" might come off a bit silly, so in that regard, I admit I was pleasantly surprised. I still feel that no matter how hard or demanding the training might be, there's no way teenagers would make competent fighter pilots. I mean, adult fighter pilots must put in thousands of hours to get as good as
I couldn't do it, I just couldn't! I made it to page 114, said I'd take a break and then come back to it, and then my hands refused to pick it up again.

When I first heard of the concept, it was great! Fighter planes, saving the world, dystopian military futures, a strong female pilot cadet... But then came the writing style, which just couldn't grab my attention. That, combined with rather technical aviation jargon, made it hard to get into. So I'm sure if someone with aviation background read
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, requested
The blurb for BREAKING SKY immediately drew me in. The characters and the setting kept me reading. The final chapter had me wishing for me.

Chase aka Nyx is a teen fighter pilot in the United Star Academy and is one of the two lucky pilots chosen to fly a streaker. Nyx is head strong, impulsive, she takes risks left and right and she happens to be a really good pilot. She has a really hard time making friends and has a bit of a heart-breaker reputation at the academy. Her co-pilot, and best frie
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so much fun and I flew through it. (Pun totally intended.)

Mini rant: There is the obvious comparison to Top Gun - and I get it. But this is different! The teens that this book focuses on are pilots that are testing prototype jets with the hope that their performances will convince the government to fund more Streakers in an attempt to build up defences against the drones of the enemy, Ri Xiong Di. I think that pilots have to have a certain personality to do the job that is demanded of t
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…earned degrees in poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. They have authored four acclaimed YA novels, with a middle grade series, young adult contemporary, and nonfiction picture book forthcoming. Cory coauthored the bestselling ONCE & FUTURE, a finalist for the New England Book Award, with

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