Two brothers battle for one planet’s fate As the alien Authority’s invasion begins, mankind stands on the brink of annihilation. Cassius Stevenson and his brother Jesse Fisher—descendants of the planet Haven’s resistance forces—must forge alliances with the embittered factions on Earth to defend against the brutal attack. But the Authority has only begun to fight. When their terrible new weapon sends Earth’s fragile coalition into turmoil, humanity’s last chance at survival lies in the hands of the two brothers, whose fates are linked more closely than they ever imagined.
Praise for the previous books in the Skyship Academy series:
“A fast-paced adventure that delivers solid action sequences throughout.”—Publishers Weekly
“Skyship Academy is the perfect book for teens that like science fiction.”—SLJTeen
“A definite must-read!”—James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner
Launching the Skyship Academy series, James's debut is a fast-paced adventure that makes use of some familiar science fiction elements. In James's dystopian future, 15-year-old Jesse is a Skyship Academy student, secretly trained to help residents of Skyship, a nation of vessels hovering over a ruined America, gather the Pearls (a coveted source of energy) that fall from the sky. While on a mission, he encounters Cassius, a surface dweller and Unified Party operative who is being groomed by the manipulative Madame to become a spy. When Madame assigns Cassius to infiltrate Skyship Academy and learn its secrets, the two boys meet again, learning more about their connection to each other and to the powerful Pearls. James handles the book's dual viewpoints well Jesse's in a self-doubting first-person narrative, Cassius's in a comparatively assured third-person and delivers solid action sequences throughout (even making what amounts to a future game of dodgeball exciting). The book's espionage elements and teenage angst are par for the course, but James's character development and world-building compensate. Ages 12 up.