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Below

(Broken Sky Chronicles #1)

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No one but the dead dare venture Below . . .

The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.

Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Turner (first published May 26th 2015)
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Broken Sky Chronicles- Book 1...

"No one but the dead dare venture Below . . .

The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.
 
Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands edges are borders that no one dares cross until the ancient ritual that delivers the dead to
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Stacy Fetters
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Received an arc of this book from Turner Publishing for an honest review

What if you thought you knew what the world below was like and it was all wrong?

Elia lives in Above, a floating mass of land that hovers above the clouds. The moon is cracked, the sun shines bright and she has never experienced rain before. She lives a simple life with barely any food, water packets and spends her day forced to work as a clothes washer. Living in a very simple home with her parents and grandparents and also
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Wendy
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Below the first book in an intriguing dystopian trilogy, Jason Chabot brings to life a world with drifting islands that float in the clouds above a post -apocalyptic wasteland below. Often drifting close to the earth below, they dig craters in the ground until rising in an air current into the sunshine above. On one of the islands in a realm ruled by Twin Emperors who share power in an unstable truce, Elia lives with her mother, brother and grandparents, works as a laundress in the Mirrored ...more
Maxine
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Hokk, exiled from his home, manages to make a meager living in the wastelands by scavenging from the bodies that fall from the floating islands above. However, when he finds Elia, who has survived the fall, he thinks he may have finally found the prize that will end his exile.

Below, a post-apocalyptic tale by author Jason Chabot, is the first book in his Broken Sky Chronicles. The narration is in the third person and alternates between the stories of the two main protagonists as we learn more
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Kim
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was provided to me as an uncorrected digital review copy by the publisher, via Edelweiss.

Elia lives Above on a floating island, and has been taught to fear the eyeless, hunchback, monstrous scavengers from Below. Hokk lives Below, and has no idea what happens on the floating islands Above. His only concern is surviving the barren wasteland to which he has been banished. When Elia falls from her island and is discovered by Hokk, they have to learn to set aside what they think they know
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Eva
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Below" by Jason Chabot would make a wonderful movie. The novel is Book #1 of a trilogy.

His descriptions are very visual: The Scavengers of Below were horrendous, pale creatures that clung to the islands with their claws . . .Their spines were curved, and their limbs scrawny with knobby elbows and knees. Most horrifying of all, Scavengers had no eyes, just bulging foreheads above two holes for nostrils and white lips pulled taut over toothless gums.

The story moves at a good pace and there is
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Shauna
I can't remember the last time I actually finished a book I grabbed randomly from the library, so kudos to this book for that, at least.

I actually found the world fascinating, and I feel like the author did a good job of presenting Above and Below, and what the lives of the main characters were like in each place. I felt that he weaved the differences of Above and Below into the story in a natural way. It's nice to see an author actually carry their unique idea throughout the entire
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desiree  Bergez
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
So there I was browsing the rows upon rows of books at the library when I stumbled upon this book. Ive never read anything by Jason Chabot before so I decided to give it a try. I loved the concept of this book. Two worlds; one below and one above thinking that they arent related to each other at all. The world Above has warmth from the sun and darkness from the moon. Elisa who is from above believes that the scavengers from below are monster. Hokk who lives below comes across Elisa when she ...more
Cheyenne
Received this in a giveaway from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I really liked the premise of this novel once I got into it, the only problem was that getting there was super slow! It took me so long to get into this book and finally finish it. Overall it has great characters and good action.
Kevin Driskill
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very intriguing story that makes me look forward to the rest of the series. the tale unfolds in a way that gives hints to what happened and interestingly enough every question answered asked another. The puzzle of when, where and what happened is delicious and thought provoking.
Sherri
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Started off slow but I enjoyed it. First in a trilogy.
Amanda
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book so much, because it had such an original premise for a YA dystopian. But I found the characters' actions confusing and the plot muddled. I think all will become clear over the next few books, but this one didn't grab my attention enough to invest in the sequels.
Bibliophile Wonderland Reviews
Below is the debut novel for Author Jason Chabot. The book is a work of science fiction as well as dysotopain feel to it. If you have read Divergent and Hunger Games then you will enjoy this.

The author thrusts you into a world that has a divided social cast and is being rules by two twin empores. Above, Below, and Exiled. In the time of the book seems that earth is thousands years int the future. Where people have been divided to live in floating island with the clouds. We meet Elia who lived
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Just Commonly
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Below by Jason Chabot is dystopian fiction at core, filled with action, suspense and of course some romantic tension happening. It's different, and I like that it's different, but there are times where it drags a bit. The early parts of the story is the "getting to know" phase and to understand the world of above and below. As we start getting into the development, it lacks more depth. However, once we're into it, the action picks up and bang, it leaves us with a cliffhanger! I'm still unsure of ...more
AK Mama Reads
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Below is a classic ya adventure fantasy, with a futuristic dystopian twist! Chabot briefly explores the two worlds of Above and Below, and then in an earth altering instant, brings them clashing together. I would have liked to get to know Elia and Hokk a bit better, as well as their respective worlds, however, knowing this is the first book in the trilogy I'm hoping maybe we'll get some backstory and explanation in the next two installments. Despite this fact, the writing is very descriptive and ...more
Steve Chaput
Hokk was banished from the city in which he lived for an accident that caused the death of several other. The spends years, almost always alone, trying to survive on the vast plains. Huge islands sail in the skies above, also peopled by cities, the citizens for the most part unaware that there are people like themselves living below. On such island Elia works in the huge laundries of her city cleaning the clothes of the royals and wealthy, she has little hope of improving her lot.

One day a
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Jessica
Aug 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
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I LOVED this novel! I was given given a review copy from Turner Publishing for my honest review and I honestly loved it.
The book is based in the future and its like a "what if?" of what the world might be like if we do not start taking better care of the Earth. The book follows Hook and his fox who are from the land of Below and Elia who is from the land of Above. Yes the names of the places are a bit lame but hey some times lame is good and in this case it works. Anyway Elia falls to Below and
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Briar's Reviews
Below by Jason Chabot was a good quality fictional novel.

The story and plot line had wonderful ideas within it. It had good direction and would be great for a Young Adult or Pre Teen reader. I was not super into this book, but it was good quality. Personally I found it very boring, but clearly the author thought out his ideas.

There wasn't any crazy development, and I did expect a bit more. Perhaps a younger audience would find this book entertaining, but sadly I did not.

I would still suggest
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Jane
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An unremarkable but enjoyable first book in a dystopian trilogy. Although set in our world, with landfills and plastic bags, there are also winged animals and land-mass islands floating above the surface of the planet. Hokk was banished from the City of Ago for setting a fire that killed people and makes a living on the plains as a scavenger; Elia lived Above, a servant for the Twin Emperors, until she was caught up in a plot she didn't understand and fell Below. She meets up with Hokk and his ...more
Liz
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Reviewed from a galley, courtesy of Turner Publishing)

Exiled criminal Hokk and his pet fox, Nym, stumble upon Elia when gravitational shifts and ensuing earthquakes break apart her homeland in Above, a floating series of islands above the clouds, and send her plummeting to the barren wastes of Below. As they run to escape both airborne and terrestrial dangers, they must work to decipher the significance of a prized wooden box which may reveal a secret powerful enough to bring down a kingdom.

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Sarah
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was just meh. The story has some great ideas and I'm sure it'll go in a good direction, but I just wasn't that into it. The characters were all right, but they didn't have a whole lot of development. To be honest, they didn't have a lot of anything at all. The plot could have been much better too, if the author was more clear on the whole when and where of everything. I know that some books set in the future can be really good if they leave some details to be divulged later, but I just ...more
Caitlin Janke
I received a copy through goodreads first.
Jason Chabot is talented.  This book flows so well. I didn't want to put it down. The characters are interesting and Chabot doesn't give to much away at the beginning. I loved how the two worlds intertwined throughout the book. There is a lot of action and adventure to keep you into the story. There are lots of twists and turns that you would not except. Below keeps you on your toes. I would recommend this book to both female and male readers. The
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Amy
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful new world this author has created! It's a great combination of sci-fi, historical and future world novels (how does that happen?!), with the accessability of a YA style. What a fun read, I really did not want to put it down. I don't feel like this was intentional, but I think this book would really latch on to all the Pokemon Go fans as there are some unusual animals and the male protagonist has a really nice relationship with them. I'm really looking forward to reading the next ...more
Maluhia
Don't care for the male MC, don't believe the sudden loyalty/camaraderie between the two MCs, a whole lotta nuthin happening until maybe page 100+ and I just really don't care about the plot (which by the way, where was that going exactly?) or the world building or the double eyelids. But okay, I will give a star to the little flying donkey.

I have Above, as I borrowed these together, but I'm going to flip a coin whether I read it or not.

Chelsie
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Turner Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This book took me a little to get into it but once it really grasped, I couldn't put it down! It left off with quite a cliffhanger! I really was hoping to find out "who" that is in hiding. I will definitely look to read the rest in the series. There are quite a few characters that will be interested to see how their oaths go. I will recommend to anyone looking for a different, quick read.
Rachel Seigel
It was interesting enough to pique my curiosity, but it didn't feel like a cohesive book. I knew it was going somewhere, but could never really see where, and I found myself becoming impatient for it to come together. It is a planned trilogy, so perhaps it will make more sense in the second book.
vvb
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good start to this trilogy. There is an introduction to the world of Above and Below to capture the curiosity. At the end it had me wondering about the origin story of the worlds and why things are starting to change.

The story is told through two main characters that were equally interesting.
Courtney Gendreau
Great debut novel. I loved the world that Chabot created, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Full review below

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Lolo
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book couldnt put it down
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Aug 18, 2016 marked it as goodreads-win
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I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, but grew up in the rural outskirts of a city called Chilliwack a Stó:lō First Nations word meaning quieter water up the river where our home was built beside a gurgling creek and surrounded by forests. With no neighbors in sight and only one channel on TV, I had plenty of time to invest in my imagination.

Looking back, the seed for The Broken Sky Chronicles
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