Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She's one of the privileged - she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever. So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat's world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all ...
About the Author
Lucy Saxon is 18 and lives in Hertfordshire with her parents and brother. She describes herself as a cosplayer, con-goer, book-lover and all-round nerdgirl. We describe her as a major new talent!
This absolutely cracking debut novel from Lucy Saxon ... is a delicious cocktail incorporating steampunk, His Dark Materials and George Orwell. About as good a YA adventure as you'll see all year * SFX * Take Back the Skies is a brilliant debut and Lucy Saxon is definitely an author to keep your eye on! There are so many twists and turns in the book; I was absolutely captivated from the first page until the last. She writes beautifully and entertainingly and I can't wait to read more in this series! * uncorkedthoughts.blogspot.co.uk * A fab fantasy debut from an exciting young author * Company * Take Back the Skies is a fun and wild adventure into a fantasy world that becomes more vivid with every new word. It's a fast-paced story filled with tension and danger, one that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could because I wanted to see what was going to happen next. The cast of characters is great and the worldbuilding strong. Cat is such a likeable character that I felt her heartache when her adventure comes to an end and she comes full circle' This is a great book. * yolandafetsos.com * I thought it was A M A Z I N G , a complete mix of love, tragedy, betrayal, excitement and beauty. From the moment I started I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. * Annabel, aged 10 * For younger teens, the breathlessly paced adventure aspect of the novel will carry the story of a privileged heroine who stows away on a smugglers' skyship and persuades the not-so-motley crew to help her save her country. Sprinkled with popular elements of dystopia, steampunk, and noble love, the plot sparkles. The characters-spunky Cat, brooding Fox, the bromance pair of Ben and Matt-are types straight out of teen-friendly TV series like Firefly and Gilmore Girls. More books in this universe are promised, and Saxon has set up the world of Tellus well to support many rollicking tales. Ages 12-up. (June) * Publishers Weekly *