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Format:
Title:
Cloudbound
ISBN:
9780765377852
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Tor, 2016.
Physical Description:
396 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 2.
General Note:
Sequel to : Updraft.

"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Summary:
"When Kirit Densira left her home tower for the skies, she gave up many things: her beloved family, her known way of life, her dreams of flying as a trader for her tower, her dreams. Kirit set her City upside down, and fomented a massive rebellion at the Spire, to the good of the towers--but months later, everything has fallen to pieces. With the Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, daily life is full of terror and strife. Nat, Kirit's wing-brother, sets out to be a hero in his own way--sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City"--Provided by publisher.
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Summary

When Kirit Densira left her home tower for the skies, she gave up many things: her beloved family, her known way of life, her dreams of flying as a trader for her tower, her dreams. Kirit set her City upside down, and fomented a massive rebellion at the Spire, to the good of the towers - but months later, everything has fallen to pieces. With the Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, daily life is full of terror and strife. Naton, Kirit's wing-brother, sets out to be a hero in his own way - sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City. But what he finds down-tier is more secrets and now Nat will have to decide who to trust, and how to trust himself without losing those he holds most dear, before a dangerous myth raises a surprisingly realistic threat to the crippled City.


Author Notes

Fran Wilde was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in English with Honors, Warren Wilson College with a MFA in poetry, and the University of Baltimore with a Masters in Information Architecture and Interior Design.

Her previous jobs included a sailing instructor, Jewel's assistant, teacher, professor, and web and game developer. She writes for the blog GeekMom and runs the blog and podcast for Cooking the Books.

She writes short stories and novels. Some of her short stories include Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Ghost Tide Chantey on Tor.com, You are Two Point Three Meters from Your Destination, published in Uncanny, and How to Walk through Historic Graveyards in the Digital Age, published in Asimov's Science Fiction. Her novel Updraft (2015) won the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (2016). Her other novel is Cloudbound (2016).

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the turbulent sequel to her much-lauded debut, Updraft, Wilde returns to the city of living bone with a less satisfying story. The communities of the Towers are in chaos, and the enormous bone Spire at the center of the city is dying. Nat is a young councillor wading into the political quagmire and struggling to do what is right, even when the choices aren't clear. When he springs a trap set for his friend Kirit, he discovers a deadly conspiracy that calls into question nearly everything and everyone he thought he could trust. As Nat assembles his band of marginalized and outcast fliers to save the city, they learn mysteries long lost and do battle against the black-winged guards employed by the corrupt city leaders. Though some of the secondary cast and their motivations are flat and unrealized, the mystery and imaginative worldbuilding are enough to keep fans of the first book reading on. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

After the City's ruling Singers were thrown out of power at the end of Wilde's award-winning debut, Updraft, the Towers are still reeling from the sudden power vacuum. Kirit is one of the few Singers not captured or dead, thanks to her efforts to expose the secrets of the Spire. Her best friend Nat is now a junior councilor for the Densira Tower, owing to powerful councilor Doran Grigrit's mentorship. The two are flying around the broken Spire looking for remnants of the codex that the Singers had guarded when they uncover a dark conspiracy that threatens the entire City. Having the narrative weight carried by Nat rather than Kirit in this outing is a risk, as Nat's character is not as intrinsically exciting. Still, Wilde illustrates his struggles between doing what's right and the path to power that he seeks to travel. VERDICT What makes this a must-read are the further explorations of Wilde's City of Towers and the residents who soar the skies between them. Those who have always wondered what was beneath the clouds will finally get their answer.-MM © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.