Blog Tour Character Spotlight: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

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Breaking SkyBreaking Sky
by Cori McCarthy
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover, 352 pages
March 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire


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 cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

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Praise for the Book

“Strong characterizations, action, adventure, and emotion combine to produce a sci-fi novel that is more than just the sum of its parts.” School Library Journal STARRED Review

“Smart, exciting, confident—and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” —Kirkus Reviews

“McCarthy deploys breath-stopping depictions of high-stakes piloting with enviable ease, and the in-your-face personal confrontations are nearly as taut.” Publishers Weekly

Character Spotlight
Meet the Elite Teen Fighter Pilots of the United Star Academy

Call Sign: ROMEO
Position: RIO (radar intercept officer)
Height: 6’2”
Hair Color: Scruffy brown
Eye Color: Brown
Age: 18
Originally from: Quebec, Canada
Plane name and description: PHOENIX, Streaker Jet Prototype 0
Years in the service: 4
Personality strengths: Goofy, loyal, a barrel of fun
Personality weaknesses: Ridiculous flirt


“I’m Henry,” Pippin said. “You remember me. You stood on my face.”
“Sure, I remember,” the broad-shouldered man-boy said. “No hard feelings?”
“’Course not,” Pippin said.
“I’m Romeo.”
Pippin seemed like he’d gotten conked in the head. Chase wondered if he was about to execute some revenge for getting stomped on, but that’s not what came out. “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
It was a weird moment. Even Riot was dumbfounded, or at least he looked dumber than usual.
Romeo clapped Pippin’s shoulder. “La loi est-elle de notre côté, si je dis oui?”
“Non.” Pippin laughed real hard at that, and it got right under Chase’s fingernails.
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About the Author

 studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan.

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  1. I've seen this book around. I like the sound of it, maybe I will pick it up.

  2. Tracy Renee Snyder3/9/15, 1:41 PM

    sounds like a love story in the making.

  3. OK my favorite heroine of all time has to be Pippi Longstocking!


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