Cori McCarthy

Author & Editor

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USA Today Interview for Breaking Sky!


Joyce: When Kirkus Reviews called Breaking Sky “quite possibly the next Big Thing,” what was your reaction? Goose bumps or run for cover? Perhaps both?

Cori: Complete disbelief. My editor called to tell me about the great news, and I couldn’t quite process it. I had talked myself into assuming that the trade reviews might chalk up Breaking Sky in the “here’s another dystopian” category, even though, technically, my book isn’t dystopian. Well, it is if you think America is a dystopia. I was recently struck by a quote from Printz award winner M.T. Anderson on this subject: “People ask me whether I think we’ll ever live in a ‘dystopian world.’ We already do. It’s just that we happen to live in the shining Capital, so we export the suffering elsewhere.”

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Breaking Sky Movie?!

IMG_1288I’m SO EXCITED to report that Breaking Sky is in development to become a film by Sony Pictures!

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Breaking Sky audiobook

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Breaking Sky the audiobook is available for purchase or download! Read by the talented Caitlin Davies.

p.s. I seriously love this cover!

First STARRED review!

Simply can’t tell you how ecstatic I am about this review!

redstarMCCARTHY, Cori. Breaking Sky. 416p. Sourcebooks Fire. Mar. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781492601418; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9781492601425.

Gr 9 Up –The year is 2048. Teenager Chase, better known by her call sign, Nyx, is a pilot in training for the American military’s topmost secret project. Back in 2020, American pilots were massacred in an airfight by drones—dictator Ri Xiong Di’s most effective weapon. The entire world has endured a second Cold War ever since. No other countries are allowed to aid the U.S. at all, and the people are suffering. The military is secretly testing two new plane prototypes that might outrun the drones. However, their pilots must be young and strong enough to withstand the tremendous force on the human body that occurs when traveling at high speeds. In order to get funding for more prototypes, Nyx and her comrades must prove the worth of the project. On a training mission, Nyx spots a third prototype that she didn’t know existed. In her haste to discover the identity of its pilot and country, Nyx endangers the entire project and many lives as well. But, if she can start dismantling the wall she’s built around herself since her difficult childhood, she might be able to trust someone, fall in love, and save the day. Similar to the S.J. Kincaid’s “Insignia” series (HarperCollins), this novel distinguishes itself. The dialogue is authentic, and the characters are nuanced. Chase has determination and resolve, even in the face of her fears. The description of her flights is breathtakingly realistic.

VERDICT Strong characterizations, action, adventure, and emotion combine to produce a sci-fi novel that is more than just the sum of its parts. –Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

Publisher’s Weekly review

Publisher’s Weekly wins the cookie for being first to notice that I was more inspired by the Battlestar Galactica reboot than by Top Gun!

Chase Harcourt is “an excellent pilot. And, if she was being honest, kind of a crappy person.” Arrogant, impulsive, confrontational, and competitive, her promiscuity and brashness are bywords in the rec room of the Air Force’s United Star Academy, where she is the favorite cadet of the commanding officer, General Kale. (Fans of the Battlestar Galactica reboot will see more than a little Starbuck in Chase.) With her brilliant crewman Pippin, Chase flies the Dragon, an experimental Streaker jet and America’s fragile hope of countering the threat of the world’s only superpower, Ri Xiong Di. Only two Streakers exist—until Chase encounters a third one that no one in command will admit to. World War III and the pilot trials loom, but Chase focuses on one thing: proving that the third plane is out there. McCarthy (The Color of Rain) deploys breath-stopping depictions of high-stakes piloting with enviable ease, and the in-your-face personal confrontations are nearly as taut. Both will keep readers glued to the page. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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