The Sky Is Yours
A sprawling, genre-defying epic set in a dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons, this debut about what it’s like to be young in a very old world is pure storytelling pleasureIn the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they've ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.The Sky Is Yours is incredibly cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable, a debut that readers who loved Cloud Atlas, Super Sad True Love Story, and Blade Runner will adore.

The Sky Is Yours Details

TitleThe Sky Is Yours
Author
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherHogarth
ISBN-139780451496263
Rating
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Dragons

The Sky Is Yours Review

  • Jonathan Hawpe
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is a very bold, fresh, hilarious, sad and smart combination of literary satire and apocalyptic Scifi. It manages to combine elements of a futuristic Austenesque marriage plot with a Vonnegut/Saunders style blackly humorous take on virtual reality TV celebrity culture, and a strange decaying city a la Philip K. Dick novelizing Escape From New York. And Dragons! Should be great for fans of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City, Kirsten Bakis' Lives of the Monster Dogs, Nick Harkaway's Gone-away Wow! This is a very bold, fresh, hilarious, sad and smart combination of literary satire and apocalyptic Scifi. It manages to combine elements of a futuristic Austenesque marriage plot with a Vonnegut/Saunders style blackly humorous take on virtual reality TV celebrity culture, and a strange decaying city a la Philip K. Dick novelizing Escape From New York. And Dragons! Should be great for fans of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City, Kirsten Bakis' Lives of the Monster Dogs, Nick Harkaway's Gone-away World, or G. Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen. I will be recommending it heartily at my book store.
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  • Meigan
    January 1, 1970
    Delightfully weird and incredibly unique, The Sky is Yours tells the story of three teens, Swanny, Ripple, and Abby, who are navigating a twisted, broken, burning world. Empire City has been under siege from a pair of dragons that circle the sky and light fires on a whim, but that’s not the only threat. The city is also home to an underbelly of danger where kingpin Sharkey and his gangs bring violence, drugs, murder, and every kind of horror imaginable to Empire City. Sharkey and his crew are mo Delightfully weird and incredibly unique, The Sky is Yours tells the story of three teens, Swanny, Ripple, and Abby, who are navigating a twisted, broken, burning world. Empire City has been under siege from a pair of dragons that circle the sky and light fires on a whim, but that’s not the only threat. The city is also home to an underbelly of danger where kingpin Sharkey and his gangs bring violence, drugs, murder, and every kind of horror imaginable to Empire City. Sharkey and his crew are mostly contained in the worst part of the city, an area known as the Nest, but he’s slowly but surely branching out to every corner, and now it’s not just the dragons the other residents have to worry about. Swanny, Ripple, and Abby are at once confronted with the reality that together, they will have to navigate this dangerous metropolis because of...circumstances. While each comes from different backgrounds with two being incredibly pampered rich kids, the journey is treacherous for all. Any skills they possess, any knowledge they’ve been given will do very little to prepare them for life outside their comfy walls. This is where the book shined for me because despite the characters appearing incredibly shallow at first, the characters grow and develop over the course of their journey and the kids we end with are definitely stronger, wiser, and more mature than the kids we started with. Their growth and maturity felt realistic, despite the fact that its forced by circumstance. Equal parts satire and serious, The Sky is Yours is peppered with humor that often takes the edge off the ever-present undercurrent of hopelessness and despair. From a girl who’s constantly teething (gross, yes) even as a teen, another who’s a few degrees away from feral who grew up on an island of garbage (also gross), and an over-indulged, overgrown, over-sexed, over-everything man-child, the characters were each so endearing in their own ways, and were definitely the highlight of this tale. This book was so incredibly weird (as evidenced by the weird characters) and fun and unique, and it’s definitely a book that I’m going to recommend the heck out of. * I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads giveaways.
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  • Nicholas Kaufmann
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled to get a sneak peek at this novel thanks to an ARC from Penguin Random House! All the promise that Chandler Klang Smith showed in GOLDENLAND PAST DARK is both confirmed and built upon impressively in THE SKY IS YOURS, an epic adventure tale set in a richly imagined world that has gone on way past its expiration date. The alternate near-future of Empire Island comes to life in astonishing detail through Smith's colorful, expert prose, as well as through the eyes of the three main c I was thrilled to get a sneak peek at this novel thanks to an ARC from Penguin Random House! All the promise that Chandler Klang Smith showed in GOLDENLAND PAST DARK is both confirmed and built upon impressively in THE SKY IS YOURS, an epic adventure tale set in a richly imagined world that has gone on way past its expiration date. The alternate near-future of Empire Island comes to life in astonishing detail through Smith's colorful, expert prose, as well as through the eyes of the three main characters as they're let loose into the city to find their own ways (and themselves): Duncan, the selfish, spoiled son of a wealthy family; Swanny, Duncan's fiancee, whose love of old Gothic romances informs not just the way she sees the world but also the path her life is about to take; and Abby, the naive, feral girl rescued from an island of trash to live in what is basically another island of trash.While many of the science-fictional elements in THE SKY IS YOURS are satirical, I hesitate to call the novel itself a satire. It's definitely wacky and whimsical in places--Smith's sense of humor is evident on most pages and takes many forms, from bawdy jokes to the way certain scenes are presented as film scripts or video game charts--but it can also be quite dramatic and serious. It's a hopeful novel about what it takes to grow up and find your place in the world, even if the world is dying; a deeply cynical novel about whether such a world is even worth saving; and, in some ways, a bittersweet novel about first romantic relationships, all the dreams, passion, and disappointment that go hand in hand.THE SKY IS YOURS is a remarkable achievement by a writer with a seemingly boundless imagination. Smith's creative energy fills each page to bursting. Like its characters, THE SKY IS YOURS exists in a balance between two worlds, the literary and the science-fictional, and readers who enjoy both will find it to be a treat both delicious and filling.
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  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    I....still don't know what I read or whether I liked it. It didn't seem to have a point? I have to think on this one. I will say that the characterizations were interesting. Definitely fully fleshed out, but not all that easy to root for since they were kinda dickish, but I still enjoyed reading their stories. But the plot, of which there really wasn't much of one, just seemed to kind of meander without much of an end goal. This book is being compared to Blade Runner, and as that is one of my fa I....still don't know what I read or whether I liked it. It didn't seem to have a point? I have to think on this one. I will say that the characterizations were interesting. Definitely fully fleshed out, but not all that easy to root for since they were kinda dickish, but I still enjoyed reading their stories. But the plot, of which there really wasn't much of one, just seemed to kind of meander without much of an end goal. This book is being compared to Blade Runner, and as that is one of my favorite films, I can say with certainty that I do not get the comparison and feel it is inaccurate. But I'll write more on that in my full review. I need to marinate of this one for a bit.
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  • Christina Sparks
    January 1, 1970
    The Sky Is Yours is crazily creative and kept me intrigued from beginning to end.I really just loved everything about it from the quirky and interesting characters to the authors wonderfully inventive story telling abilities. It's one of those books you get hooked on and are sad when it comes to an end. The story starts off strange and only gets stranger as you read on. Duncan Ripple, a reality TV star, Baroness Swann Lenore Dahlberg- his betrothed and Abby, a strange feral girl who lives on an The Sky Is Yours is crazily creative and kept me intrigued from beginning to end.I really just loved everything about it from the quirky and interesting characters to the authors wonderfully inventive story telling abilities. It's one of those books you get hooked on and are sad when it comes to an end. The story starts off strange and only gets stranger as you read on. Duncan Ripple, a reality TV star, Baroness Swann Lenore Dahlberg- his betrothed and Abby, a strange feral girl who lives on an island where the cities trash is dumped, are forced to leave the safety of their homes and navigate the dangerous city.2 Dragons soar above the city and unleash their fiery breathes unto the city and are constantly burning down buildings, damaging the earth and causing chaos in their wake for years. Most of the cities inhabitants have been long gone but some stragglers remain as well as the prison inmates who have been sealed inside the prison walls and forced to remain. The fire department has given up and disbanded and the police force is small and mostly focused on throwing the escaped prisoners back into prison.The three main characters set out together but quickly find themselves on their own separate journeys, trying to survive and find their places in the world. I love love love love love this book so much that I've already pre-ordered it and added it to my Amazon cart. Its an instant must have for my little at home library. Its one of those books that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as you navigate through the story. Its about love, friendship, survival, a strange girl who can talk to magical animals, dragons and its hilariously fake and real all at once.I love the way the characters morph and grow throughout the story and the different paths they are led down but are ultimately drawn back together. It was unique and well written to where i had no idea what was going to happen but i desperately needed to find out. I would highly recommend this book for someone tired of reading the same old plot line with different characters.I dare you to find me a more unique and interesting novel.
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  • Scott Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic. A rare, strange thing reminiscent of Elizabeth Hand's Winterlong series. It's a very difficult thing to capture the weirdness of the future, the strangeness of what's to come, but Smith does a bang-up job with this cinematic, technicolor joy of a book. She very adeptly mixes the darkness of dystopia with the beauty of human emotion and redemption, and she crafts characters that are believably broken and yet still capable of becoming more. I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    Really 4.5 - this book is one of those wildly inventive, delightfully overstuffed kind of novels, where you could reasonably have pulled three or four books out of its contents if you'd wanted to. But why? Why do that when the thing we got was so fun? This book is FUN, it is strange, it is a delight. Give over to it, allow yourself the weariness that sometimes come from its pacing/overfulness, and enjoy.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was deeply weird, but somehow I still found myself enjoying it. It reminded me a little bit of a more approachable version of Infinite Jest.None of the characters are really... likeable... but at the same time, you keep reading. Schadenfreude? It doesn't matter that you don't like them, or that they're absurd (they are. I kept imagining the Ripples as the Trumps), because the world they live in is like a tr Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book was deeply weird, but somehow I still found myself enjoying it. It reminded me a little bit of a more approachable version of Infinite Jest.None of the characters are really... likeable... but at the same time, you keep reading. Schadenfreude? It doesn't matter that you don't like them, or that they're absurd (they are. I kept imagining the Ripples as the Trumps), because the world they live in is like a train wreck you can't look away from. But in a good way! New York City in the not too distant future, where two dragons set everything on fire, and only the very rich and very poor are stupid (rich) or desperate (poor) enough to stick around. There's a lot going on in this book -- both a complicated plot but also a clever allegory with multiple layers of metaphor. I think this is a book that you can easily appreciate from different angles or perspectives.My only complaint -- pacing. The ending was really rushed. I felt like the first half of the book dragged, pace wise, and while a lot of it was important set up for the plot later on, I almost gave up because it just seemed so aimless. Then, in the last third of the book, everything happens at breakneck speed.TLDR -- go read it. It's hard to get into, and maybe a little off putting at first, but it's worth it. It's delightfully weird and just familiar enough to make you wince.
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  • Tony Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    301970 AF. Empire Island metropolis is in horrible ruins. PPL still do exist though. It is a dog/dog environment. A Yellow & Green Dragon, who have been around forever rule the sky & set fire to various parts of the city to let citizens know who still is partially in charge in the world. They especially love the prison. Duncan Humphrey Ripple V (son, heir) has a pimped-out HowFly vehicle built by DJ S-Carggo. The wealthy elite’s slogan is “The sky is yours.” Wonland County. Baroness Swan 301970 AF. Empire Island metropolis is in horrible ruins. PPL still do exist though. It is a dog/dog environment. A Yellow & Green Dragon, who have been around forever rule the sky & set fire to various parts of the city to let citizens know who still is partially in charge in the world. They especially love the prison. Duncan Humphrey Ripple V (son, heir) has a pimped-out HowFly vehicle built by DJ S-Carggo. The wealthy elite’s slogan is “The sky is yours.” Wonland County. Baroness Swan “Swanny” Lenore Ripple (daughter, nee Dahlberg) wrote to Mr. & Mrs. Ripple requesting that she might be a perfect match for their son Duncan.The Metropolitan Police department used to take care of the Nest.These were prisoners that lived there that had been released & were to be taught life skills. Things of course got worse. It was now called Torchtown. Eisenhower Sharkey (43) ran everyone’s lives & everything now.No one messed with him. He had learned his ruthless skills from the best Jawbone Park.Sharks enforcers are: Keelhaul, Bronco, & Duluth. Abby made sure Duncan Humphrey Ripple V was no longer a virgin.Katya Ripple (37, mother) is doing her best to get Duncan Humphrey Ripple IV (father, financier) interested in banging her. What happened to Paxton Trank?Would life ever change for the Yellow & Green Dragon? Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violent or graphic adult content or profanity &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written fantasy book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great fantasy movie, an animated cartoon or better yet a mini TV series. Not really my cup of tea but I ended up liking it. That said I will only rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Hogarth (Penguin Random House LLC.); The Crown Publishing Group; UCP; paperback book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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  • Zachary Houle
    January 1, 1970
    Genre bending novels used to be my thing — after all, before finding out that he was a total arse, I used to love Jonathan Lethem’s early novels. So when a book that describes itself as a cross between Blade Runner and Super Sad True Love Story comes along, I had to jump at the chance to read it. That novel is Chandler Klang Smith’s The Sky Is Yours, and, boy, does it bend genres. It is equal parts science fiction and fantasy, blended with fairy tales and gangster novels and quite possibly even Genre bending novels used to be my thing — after all, before finding out that he was a total arse, I used to love Jonathan Lethem’s early novels. So when a book that describes itself as a cross between Blade Runner and Super Sad True Love Story comes along, I had to jump at the chance to read it. That novel is Chandler Klang Smith’s The Sky Is Yours, and, boy, does it bend genres. It is equal parts science fiction and fantasy, blended with fairy tales and gangster novels and quite possibly even more. (Romance?) The novel is ambitious, too, as it features three young protagonists that essentially get equal billing.The novel starts with the impending marriage between Duncan Ripple, an 18-year-old geek and former reality TV star, and Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, (also known as Swanny) a young lady who grows so many teeth constantly inside her mouth (and body as it turns out) that she has a dentist on call to help fix her gums. However, before the wedding, Duncan — travelling to meet his future wife in an air car — crashes into two dragons that circle the city state he lives in. He falls to an island full of trash where he is rescued by a feral young woman named Abracadabra, or Abby for short. Duncan falls in love with Abby, and that sets off complications that resonate throughout the entire novel.Read the rest here: https://medium.com/@zachary_houle/a-r...
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