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ABNA Publishers Weekly Reviewer
Briley McKynsie Bannatyne is a compelling young heroine. After their father, a fighter pilot, is killed, Briley and her brother Mackinley help to support their family by delivering the post by air and running a machine shop. When Mackinley is crippled in an accident, Briley assumes his place in the militia, and becomes an ace fighter pilot. This is Book I in a longer series and covers Briley’s initiation and training in the militia air force. The author has a masterful knowledge of piloting, and the scenes wherein Briley is aloft and flying are riveting and thrilling. The book is set in a world that is recognizably Britain just before World War II, but there are some interesting variations. Due to the shortage of pilots, women are allowed to fly, serve as officers, and command men. Here, the Axis powers appear as The Legion. And Briley belongs to a modernist religion, the Technicals, which embraces social progress and despises “backwards thinking.” Characters could be more multidimensional, but the richness of the novel’s imagined world and the rendering of flight scenes are superb. Beyond this, Briley is a complex and admirable model of young womanhood, strong, accomplished, and heroic, but also compassionate and human.
Reviews of the Excerpt!
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on target March 12, 2013
This selection is great. The author manages to create four distinctive characters at the same time s/he lets the reader know that B’s world is in an alternate history world. The author makes you care what will happen to B and to her friend and her brother.
I am looking forward to getting the completed book and find out what happens to these characters. I believe that YAs would love this book. As a retired librarian, it is one that I would order for the library.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Adventure! March 15, 2013
I really enjoyed this excerpt. The premise is intriguing and unusual – an alternative reality where the First World War lasted for twenty years. Within this setting, the author has created real, well-drawn characters who make you care about them.
Main character Briley is a feisty, likeable teenager trying to make her way in the world, someone YA readers and adults alike will relate to. The story is set up well from the start, and the novel promises adventure and excitement. I would very much like to read all of it.
5.0 out of 5 stars I can’t wait to read more!, March 13, 2013
This is a classic saga of girl struggling to find herself when she just doesn’t fit the mold society has fixed for her. But it’s set in a richly imagined alternative Universe in which The Great War lasted 20 years and profoundly affected the cultures of Europe. Briley has the strength and stubbornness that has you rooting for her from page one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading more, March 24, 2013
By Meghan McAuliffe –
The author definitely leaves you wanting to read more. I look forward to when it comes out so I can read more. Very intriguing and well written.