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Published:December 2nd, 2011 11:26 EST
Nick James's Skyship Academy

Nick James's Skyship Academy

By Tony Graff

My brother first picked out Skyship Academy, written by Nick James, for me because the cover image had a steampunk flair to it. Being a fan of Steampunk, I couldn`t say no to reading it. Even the name sounded right for a Neo-Victorian novel. 

This book wasn`t at all what I expected. There was nothing Steampunk about it. But, don`t let that be a deterrant from picking this up. As far as Dystopian novels go, Skyship Academy has earned its place on the bookshelf. Throughout the story you are introduced to this world destroyed by a world war, splitting into two parties: The Unified Party, who occupies what`s habitable of the North American continent, and the Skyships, who took to the skies on city sized ships in an attempt to escape the politics below.

Just as soon as you are used to this world, though, the book takes a twist that left me wondering if that really happened. I love it when a book pulls something like that out of its hat.

The characters are believable, but reading the book gave me the impression that the characters kept pushing me forward into the story. It wasn`t a bad thing, just something that comes out once in awhile. But, Nick James has created in Skyship Acaemy a world he can`t leave in only one book. The emotional, action, and imaginative dynamics of this book left me wondering what else was going to happen.

The only downside to this was the ending. And by that, I mean the last line of a 300+ page book. The whole last chapter got me braced and ready for the next book in the series, and that last line took away from that tension.

If you enjoyed Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, then Skyship Academy is definitely one to read.


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