Published: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 500 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
Goodreads ● Booktopia ● Bookworld
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 enjoyed Broken Sky, the first book in The Broken Trilogy from the very first page. Something about it just grabbed me. The setting and the concepts it explored were interesting, and the protagonist was awesome.
Set in the far future after a horrendous apocalypse that nearly killed off all humans, Broken Sky is set in an echo of the 1940s. Humanity has rediscovered some technologies and is on the verge of unearthing some more. I liked the touches Weatherly used to bring this reality to life – the slang, the technology, the clothes. This world differs from ours in one crucial way – conflicts between nations are fought in one-on-one battles overseen by a neutral authority called World for Peace.
Amity Vancour is a Peacefighter – a pilot who flies for the Western States (of what is now America). She’s a legacy pilot – her father was one too – and she loves her job even though it’s hard and harrowing at times. She believes in her mission statement and she believes in World for Peace, but she’s an intelligent girl, and when she notices that certain things just don’t add up, she investigates. I liked getting to know Amity slowly. She wears a mask in her daily life, and it’s only through the reappearance of a childhood friend and a number of flashbacks that we get to see beneath it. Amity felt real. Her struggles to reconcile the image she had of her father, her superiors, her entire world, with the new truths that confront her. She’s never naive, but there are certain things she shuts out even though they’re painfully obvious.
Broken Sky is mainly told from Amity’s point of view, but every now and then we get to check in on Kay Pierce, who lives in the Central States. The Central States seceded from the Western States in the past, and are now controlled by John Gunnerson, a man who controls his populous with astrology. So we get something new. We get to see this crazy dystopian state from the eyes of Amity, an outsider, and Kay, someone who doesn’t believe in astrology but ends up having to pretend every single day that she does. I really liked the way Kay and Amity’s stories intertwined – Kay had so much influence over the lives of Amity and her friends without knowing who she even was.
The secondary characters are well rounded and have the potential to become very cool in the next few books. Amity’s mother and brother, her best friend Collie, and her pilot friend from a rival nation, Ingo. They each seem simple on the surface, but I’m willing to bet they’re all complex and it’s just Amity who doesn’t see it (she tends to pigeonhole people into nice categories).
Broken Sky is such a cool concept, such an interesting mix of different elements that I was always engaged. It’s well plotted and well written, with great world building. The prologue tells us what’s going to happen, so we spend much of the book finding out how Amity came to be in the position we met her in. This means that we know some of the secrets already and watch her discover them, but it was never boring or frustrating. She really is intelligent, and she caught on admirably.
I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been a fan of Weatherly’s writing since I read the Angel series, and think her next venture lives up to my expectations. Broken Sky ends with a pretty big revelation – not really a cliffhanger,but something that makes me anxious for the next book, Darkness Falls. Luckily, I only have to wait until Autumn.