In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy
Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
***I received this ebook as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You like ballsy heroines with a devil may care attitude
- You love rollercoaster rides, ups, downs, adrenaline rushes. Total exhilaration
- You’re looking for a book about so much more than a love triangle, that actually features the triangular things
I love this book. LOVE. I can’t remember the last time-no wait, I totally can-that I felt such a strong connection to the protagonist. There are hundreds of reasons why this will likely be one of the best books I’ll read all year but here are a few:
Chase (call sign Nyx) is an inspiration and way easy to identify with. She’s confident, fierce, a risk taker, caught up in her goals, and a bit of a free spirit. People look up to her, want to know her, but she’s driven by the need to be the best at what she does. She knows what’s at stake, i.e. the world, and doesn’t have time for pesky things like emotions. Now you may be thinking, isn’t that a bad thing, shouldn’t we look down on Chase (Nyx) for that?
A big resounding no. I’ve never seen a character so free with her choices. She has casual relationships and is in it for enjoyment without taking it to the next level. Chase likes to have fun, she digs making out and she shouldn’t be shamed for it. However, deep inside, Chase (Nyx) is confused and hurt. When it comes to love, she has put up walls and is uncertain of how much she has left to give of her heart. She’s closed herself off from almost everyone, except her commander and best friend, Pippin ❤ and runs when things get too intimate. She’s not about the feels. Of course this has to do with her past and the horrible rejection she felt from her father throughout her childhood. Chase sometimes comes off as self-absorbed and cold, but really she’s oblivious to others because she’s had to rely on herself.
Chase does what no one else will. She makes rash decisions; she fights for the truth, and pushes herself to the limit, taking the Air Force tech to new levels. Chase is spunky, courageous, and sarcastic.
Friendships aren’t always easy. Sometimes, the people you think you know best turn out to be strangers or too scared to express themselves to the people that matter the most. Pippin and Chase are wonderful, real, and while sometimes their cold shoulders were a little annoying, the love is out of this world.
That one scene. Rip my heart into tiny pieces, throw so gasoline on it, toss a match and roast some marshmallows over it, why don’t you?
Tristan and Chase. Finally, finally a couple that isn’t ONLY about sexual tension. While there’s a ton of that don’t get me wrong, holy hotness, but Chase and Tristan trust each other. They go to each other when they need to vent and can say things to one another that help them grow as people. They share and they appreciate the other person whole-heartedly. And they aren’t afraid to call each other out on their b.s.
Each character, no matter how small, has a back-story and distinct personality. All of them are complex.
The story is a rush. The flying, the fear, the chase. Every second in the air will fill you with anxiety and excitement.
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