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Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
Publisher's Weekly Fall 2015 SF, Fantasy & Horror Top 10
In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves.
Welcome to a world of wind ...more
There are also short stories, including one published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies two weeks ago - Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.co...
Hope that helps!
Instead, I'm introduced to a completely forgettable and utterly predictable plot, with: A Chosen One. An Outcast Sect. War like a Football Game.
Huh? Am I reading YA? Trials, graduation, snobby rich kids, da ...more
Updraft is a lovely book, a mesmerizing debut from Fran Wilde that draws readers beyond the clouds into an incredibly imagined world of open skies, towers and wings. A lot of readers should enjoy this one, like I did. So why not a higher rating? As with a lot of crossover genre fiction, my main struggle was with the story and writing style, and a dissonance between what I read versus what I expected. Sometimes, getting s ...more
However, I almost wish I hadn't heard all the hype - it gave it a lot to live up to. One of the things I kept hearing was how very "unique" it was, especially the setting. There, I have to disagree.
Back in the 70's, when I was a kid, one of my favorite stories had to do with a people who live in a living, growi ...more
Loved the characters, the world. I'll need to reread it when it comes out, as this was an ARC made from the uncorrected manuscript, so the voice did not come through as clearly as I know it will. So this review will chan ...more
Ok, I'll be honest, Updraft is NOT a bad book. In fact, it's one of the better ones I've (almost) read.
- The World-building is phenomenal! The setting was absolutely amazing, so good that it kept me reading despite my complains!
- Beautifully written, easy to follow narrative, great action scenes!
- And no, no love triangles! (yet)
Everything else felt like a déjà vu, unfortunately. It's a YA book, so be prepared for Special Snowflake Syndrome and for the ...more
A lovingly, carefully crafted world—an engineering marvel—filled with captivating characters whose struggles and triumphs will thrill the reader and linger long in the imagination. I want to live in the world Wilde has created!
This book has been getting a lot of buzz after various award nominations (and maybe some wins?). I wasn't really interested though. It sounded Young Adult, which I don't tend to enjoy, and I'm already not a big "Steampunk" fan. I'm not sure what qualifies as steam punk exactly, but maybe that's an inaccurate description? I'll leave that someone else ...more
I read an earlier draft of this novel, and so engrossing I found it that I managed to get through a lot of formatting glitches and a lot of other detritus of various drafts as the publisher apparently wanted to get it out well in advance of the pub date for maximum publicity.
Well, it worked on me in this case. I could hardly wait to get my hands on a clean copy, and though I remembered the general outline of the story, I found myself falling immediately into it, coming ...more
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This is one of those rare books where I think the cover artwork--this edition and the later one--is way more interesting than the story inside.
So what we have here is a completely implausible setting world building (even for fant ...more
The writing is competent, so for not being actively terrible and because she doesn't have the heroine become romantically entangled with the Supporting Boy, aka Flying Samwise Gamgee, I'll give it 2 stars.
Worldbuilding - People are raving about the worldbuilding here, which I don't understand. It's easily one of the weakest parts of the book. I suppose if ...more
I don't just mean the crunchy numbers kind of engineering, like figuring out how to build bridges between towers of bone in a city thousands of feet above the clouds — although there's that, too, and it's even harder when you don't have metal. UPDRAFT is about how to engineer a society that can live in a wildly hostile place. It's about how to engineer a life in a world that feels outside your control.
Kirit Densala wants to be a trader, like her mom. If she h ...more
"Sacrifice. Duty. Tradition. We must save the city. We cannot fail. Speak the truth. Accept your birthright."
I ma ...more
In fact, the characters in this book all manage to interact with each other without any romantic involvement at all! *gasp*
I know it doesn't seem possible, but I assure you, it is true.
Kirit is a strong-minded young girl who craves the freedom of flight as a trader between towers, but revelation that she has the type of voice that can control skymouths make her valuable to a secretive ruling class of the city. Her struggle to make her way in this world where it all se ...more
Updraft was a fun read. I really enjoyed the world and imagery of people living in towers in the sky, flying about towers with the aid of fabricated wings. It’s the coming of age story of Kirit, who discovers there is more to her world than she realized. She becomes entangled in politics and and her life has been thrust in a direction she did not expect.
I enjoyed the flying aspect and the idea of living up in the sky, but I wa ...more
I really dug this book. I guess it's technically young adult, but it didn't feel like it skewed young. It's an interesting coming of age (sort of) crossed with a dystopian fantasy set in a world where people fly to get places. THEY FLY. The book is neatly divided into thirds, and each third tells a piece of the story and sets up the world.
After finishing, I'm intrigued as to what's next for ...more
Superlative world building, a very sympathetic main character (and her family, which i ...more
Definitely recommended for fans of the New Weird, and also a good fit for fans of YA fantasy expanding into adult SF/F.
-NB I received an ARC for an honest review.
-NB Fran is a friend of mine and writing colleague (go team Tor.com Publishing!) ...more
There is a dystopian but fascinating City of bone towers above the clouds, the people swooping free like birds between them on silk wings, yet bound by complex and inflexible traditions and laws. There is the subtle organic horror of their homes being made of living, growing bone—bone of some unseen enormity below that periodically roars for sacrifice. And there is the more direct terror of invisible f
Full review to come. ...more
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Fran's debut novel, Updraft, was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award, won the 2015 Andre Norton Awar ...more