Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.
Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.
And where your date of birth marks your destiny.
But nothing is perfect.
And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?
I first heard about Broken Sky at the workshop run by L. A. Weatherly at YALC last year, and seeing as I thoroughly enjoyed one of her other novels, Angel, I thought I’d give Broken Sky a go.
I was pulled in from the very beginning, as the book opens with an excerpt from later on in the book, when everything has gone wrong. While effectively showing that Amity, the protagonist, has a very difficult situation on her hands, there are no hints given as to how this problem is caused, which is intriguing!
You are immediately immersed in the fascinating world that L. A. Weatherly has created, where disputes between countries are settled by Peacefighters, professional pilots who bravely battle each other in the sky, and the country represented by the victorious Peacefighter wins the conflict. However, it becomes apparent that the system is fraught with corruption, far more than Amity is capable of dealing with alone. I didn’t really like the way that the corruption was so far-reaching, as it did make me feel as if there was no hope for Amity, and I struggled to see a way out of the situation for her and those around her. However, it did help to add to the suspense, and the plot twists that this allowed for were really surprising – especially the one at the end!
I loved how the story was told from two perspectives. Largely, it was Amity’s story, but there was also a few chapters from the perspective of Kay, an astrologer in the other part of the country, who was recruited to be part of the official team of astrologers for John Gunnison, the leader of the Central States, which was gradually expanding across into the Western side of the country. This gave information which added another layer to the plot, but would have been impossible to find out from only Amity’s point of view. Also, Kay and Amity were very different characters, which created an interesting contrast.
I would have liked to have seen Amity’s vulnerable side a little more, or to have seen some of her weaknesses, particularly as she is under so much pressure in situations which are very often life-or-death, or have very serious repercussions, but I liked that she resolved matters with her mother, who was a stronger person than Amity ever realised.
Overall, Broken Sky was engaging and fast-paced, with an imaginative concept, and many twists and turns which had me eagerly turning the pages, and I am really looking forward to the release of the sequel in October!