Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
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...Wilde made the mistake of switching narrators from sharp, bright, warm Kirit to flat Nat...For a novel with little human warmth, Cloudbound is still spectacular in the ambition and creativity of its architecture.
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After the dust settles, the City of living bones begins to die, and more trouble brews beneath the clouds in this stirring companion to Fran Wilde's Updraft.

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, in Cloudbound.

 

About Fran Wilde

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FRAN WILDE's acclaimed short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Nature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Aside from her writing career, she has worked as a science and engineering writer, as a programmer and game developer, as a sailing assistant, and as a jeweler's assistant. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
 
Published September 27, 2016 by Tor Books. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Annalisa Quinn on Sep 28 2016

...Wilde made the mistake of switching narrators from sharp, bright, warm Kirit to flat Nat...For a novel with little human warmth, Cloudbound is still spectacular in the ambition and creativity of its architecture.

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