Take Back the Skies has promise, but it doesn't live up to its possibilities. Perhaps the subsequent novels in the series will be more fully realized. The prose is innocent to a fault and as such, the tone of the novel seems inexperienced and naive. But the fast pace of the story should appeal to those who love action driven novels. Likewise, the romantic pathways for our main character open up and she is surprised to learn that she has not one but two very different options. Not bad for a girl in boys clothing.

Fourteen-year-old Catherine Hunter doesn't want to get married to Marcus Gale. She rails at her life in high-society Anglya, where the poor are forced to sacrifice children to the Collection. After encouragement from her mother to defy her high ranking father, Nathaniel Hunter, she flees her home, dresses as a boy and sneaks onto the airship Stormdancer. Befriending the crew, a group of smugglers, including Fox who discovers her hiding place, she travels in Stormdancer learning about adventure, unexpected affection and the regretful importance of a poorly timed wardrobe malfunction. (BLOOMSBURY, Jun., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781619633674, HC, 14 & Up)

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