Under the Empyrean Sky

Under the Empyrean Sky Corn is king in the Heartland and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it It s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow And the genetically modified strain is so aggr

  • Title: Under the Empyrean Sky
  • Author: Chuck Wendig
  • ISBN: 9781480535008
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it It s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow And the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day aCorn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it It s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow And the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much needed ace notes for their families But Cael s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas He s sick of the mayor s son besting Cael s crew in the scavenging game And he s worried about losing Gwennie, his first mate and the love of his life, forever when their government chosen spouses are revealed But most of all, Cael is angry, angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn t seem upset about any of it Cael s ready to make his own luck even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.

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    1. Corn is king. The stuff has pretty much taken over in this book (I would go on a foodie rant but I'm restraining myself).This is not your heritage corn though. This stuff is a Monsanto dream.Way Pop told it, the Empyrean crossbred the corn with a handful of other plants: kudzu, flytraps, some kind of nightshade. Called it Hiram's Golden Prolific. Living in the "Heartland" means having to deal with this corn. The life in the Heartland isn't easy either. The corn causes tumors and short life spans [...]

    2. In the Heartland, genetically modified corn has overrun everything and people struggle just to survive. Young Cael McAvoy is the leader of a salvage crew, finding scraps of a bygone age to sell to bring in money for his home town, Boxelder. But when Cael and his crew find some forbidden plants growing wild amongst the corn, things quickly spin out of controlChuck Wendig's foray into YA dystopia is an interesting tale. It reminds me of Ship Breaker, to an extent. A genetically modified corn speci [...]

    3. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/I should have immediately wanted to read Under the Empyrean Sky. I mean, it takes place in corn country – a place where I’ve spent my entire life. Need proof? Here’s a picture of some family members in my grandfather-in-law’s backyard:(Please note that due to TROLLS the part of said family members is being played by Mitchell and Momma June of Honey Boo Boo fame. See Trolls, I make the fat jokes before you can. Ha!)I no longer live in that hometown [...]

    4. I liked Under the Empyrean Sky -- it entertained me, it was thought-provoking in many places, and it offered a compelling, disturbing view of a future America overrun by mutant corn.This would have been a solid four-star review, if not for one major problem: the book's treatment of women. This particularly upset me, because as an avid reader of Chuck Wendig's blog, it was my understanding that he's aware of the mistreatment of women in literature.The chapters told from women's point of view don' [...]

    5. This was an e-ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thought it was really fantastic, but honestly, I'm also a little lost as to how to talk about it. To understand, I guess you have to be at least a little familiar with Chuck Wendig and his writing. If you're not, then you're in for a treator a shock. Or both.I only just became a fan of the author myself, having recently read The Blue Blazes and Blackbirds. I liked them a lot, and especially adored t [...]

    6. So here we have a trilogy with evil, mutant corn!But really the story is about Cael and his family and friends, who are basically no more than slaves and animals to the Empyreans. The Empyreans are the elite controllers who live on flotillas in the sky. The dirty mangy humans live on the ground, where they are expected to farm the mutant corn, which gives them tumors and birth defects.The corn isn't even edible. It's used to make fuel for the flotillas and as additives. The Empyreans control see [...]

    7. Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck WendigPublished 2013, SkyscapeStars: ★★★★☆Review also posted at: Slapdash & SundryFirst, thanks to Netgalley for providing me with the Trilogy for review. Not only do I get to read the whole thing and provide my unbridled opinion on it, but I get to do it for CHUCK books!!! (Check out his Miriam Black series if you want a prime example of awesomeness.) So thanks Netgalley. Other than these review copies, I got nothing in return for my review (well, m [...]

    8. Under the Empyrean Sky is dystopian sci-fi which transports the reader effortlessly into its world and carries them along in a fast paced story with just about everything you could want. Within the first two pages, the reader immediately knows what is at stake for the main character, Cael, and gets a good glimpse of the broader political and social constructs of this world – brilliant. (I wish I read more books that did this so quickly and so well.)Cael McAvoy lives in the Heartland and the on [...]

    9. This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews: avidfantasyreviews.wordpressUnder the Empyrean Sky is a dystopian novel and the first installment in the Heartland Trilogy. Though the dystopian future has recently become an extremely popular trope, Wendig’s novel stands apart from the rest with a very unique vision of our planet’s future. The story holds an environmental message at its heart, and tackles the issues of genetic modification, the use of pesticides, and the dangers of letting [...]

    10. mybookishways/2013/11/Cael McAvoy and his friends live in the Heartland, where corn grows in spades, but Heartland’s people can’t eat it. In fact, some would say the corn is alive. One thing is for sure, it fuels everything that the Empyreans need, in their kingdom in the clouds, while Heartland’s citizens survive on scraps, because the land can’t grow anything else. Cael is, however, captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, and they’re pretty darn good at what they do, even if the mayor’s [...]

    11. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley + Skyscape in exchange for an honest review.I had such a hard time writing this review, as this book fell victim to my dystopia burnout (I thought Red Rising cured me, oops). I really wanted to like this book because i) I like reading the author’s blog and ii) these covers are freaking amazing (yes, judge away!). Alas, I didn’t love or hate it – I felt plain meh.The setting was my favourite part of this book. Set in a futuristic world where mut [...]

    12. Chuck Wendig is like the literary hype man of innovative genre fiction. He's all "AWWWWW YISS! YOU WANT SOME DYSTOPIAN CLASS WARFARE? YOU WANT SOME CREEPY ASS BIOLOGICAL WARFARE? YOU WANT A COMPLEX YA HERO WITH ANGST, HUMOR, AND DESPERATE MOTIVATIONS? YOU WANT IT? WELL I GOT IT. AWWWWW YEAH, COME ON AND GIT IT!" And the result is so damn energizing and exciting and goddamn cool as fuck that it ultimately distracts me from the inconsistencies and problems in the narrative. And y'know what? I'm pr [...]

    13. Even though I thought Cael was a selfish, thoughtless little a**hole, even though I honestly really don't care about rescuing Gwennie or Merelda, even though I felt more like a spectator than a participant in the story, it still managed to keep me entertained. I felt the writing was pretty great, interactions between the characters felt believable, the world building was really well done, and I admit, I am more than a little curious about what goes on above the heartland on the empyrean flotilla [...]

    14. What did you say? Wendig calls it cornpunk?(Scratches chin.) I like this. I like this a lot. This is going in a direction I can get behind.These days, dystopia YA is all the rage. One is born every time someone farts. Only half of them fit the definition of dystopia. (For definition, see my Divergent review.) Most of the ones I read don't make me bat an eye because I'm used to reading ones that have pretty much come true. You know, 1984 as brought to you by the internet, microchips, and the NSA. [...]

    15. Review is below the PSA. The PSA does not reflect upon the book which is really quite good. Just when I thought there would never be a good dystopian again Under the Empyrean Sky comes along. This is a solid book - well written, perfectly paced with real life-or-death consequences. While it doesn't do anything groundbreaking with the genre, everything it does it does very well.The thing about survival, Pop always says, is that it's not about who's fastest or strongest but who can adapt to changi [...]

    16. (Full review here: bibliotropic/2014/08/05/un)If you’re looking for something that isn’t your typical YA SFF novel, then this is a good bet. The writing flows smoothly, the story’s easily to follow and very engaging, with characters that feel real enough that they could easily be people who live down the street from you (assuming their house is filled with aggressive corn…). It’s a set-up to what suspect with end up bigger and more complex as the trilogy goes on, and happily so, becaus [...]

    17. Actual Rating : 4.5Chuck Wendig never ceases to amaze me with his elegant prose and well drawn characters. The first book of the Heartland trilogy is a tragic tale of love, inequality, and adventure. This book is better than any YA novel I've ever read and has set the bar for all YA novels. My only gripe for the novel is that the main character, Cael, was kind of an asshole throughout most of the book. A likable asshole thought. Despite that, this was an awesome book and I can't wait to get star [...]

    18. This was fantastic. Second is locked and loaded. Great voice, masterful use of point of view. Wendig's in top form here.

    19. While I’d heard praise for Chuck Wendig’s blog, I hadn’t actually heard much about his book, Under the Empyrean Sky. In fact, it was the cover that drew me in (as superficial as that sounds) as I was browsing through the Young Adult section of the library. Gotta hand it to the artist — it’s a great cover. Really sets the tone. I saw Wendig’s world in all the same colors: yellow, orange and brown.My favorite thing about this book? The worldbuilding. Wendig paints a vivid picture, crea [...]

    20. So, I just read this in seven hours.I wasn't -quite- sure what I was getting into. Chuck Wendig is the guy behind terribleminds and the jerk who brought us Changeling: The Lost and Hunter: The Vigil (I LOVE YOU CHUCK - BUT WHY). So I'm very familiar with his -not-storytelling- voice, but was slightly leary going into his -totally-storytelling- voice.What we have here is a YA story about the evils of mucking about too much in bioengineering plants, the class divide, and The Man telling us what to [...]

    21. This is my first YA book, and any fans of Chuck Wendig who might be dubious of picking it up because of the YA tag, stop worrying. The YA tag does not diminish Chuck's style, everything you have come to expect is there. The grim reality, the sharp descriptions, the strong characters that fit and all add to the flow.This is the first in a trilogy set in a Cornpunk future where the land is covered by an invasive strain of carnivorous corn. The Heartland is a grim and foreboding place, its people m [...]

    22. *I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest reviewNot good. I don't know if it wasn't my cup of tea butI didn't enjoy a single thing of it. The characters were quite dull and flat, and because of this I wasn't interested in what was happening. There wasn't much world-building either, at least in my opinion. I don't have much to say really other than that I didn't like it at all.

    23. Wow. I feel like I just took a master class in pacing. This book grabs you from the opening paragraphs and never lets go. It's intense. The stakes are always high and getting higher. There are consequences even for well-intentioned actions. There are very real struggles here to cheer very real characters through. There's also swears, violence, mutant corn, class warfare, and hoverboats. So what are you waiting for?

    24. 2 StarsI love Chuck WendigI am a huge fan of most of his works. Under the Empyrean Sky is a jump into the over saturated YA genre that I find myself loathing more and more with every read. It is probably due to my hate of all things "Hunger" like that I disliked this book. I found myself skimming much of this read.I love Chuck Wendi!!!Just no love for this book.

    25. I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Initial Thoughts Upon FinishingHm. This had potential but really did not work for me in the end. The concept of this dystopian world where some people, the poor, live on the ground and the wealthy live in flotillas that float in the air, was cool but it wasn't executed in a way that had me hooked. Mostly this was a case of not finding myself caring about the characters and a plot with far too many things happening that wer [...]

    26. See more of my reviews at We Live and Breathe BooksI picked up an uncorrected proof of Under the Empyrean Sky, which I tend to call The Corn Book, at BookExpo America back in June, and finally got around to reading it now. The description on the back cover looked interesting enough, but I didn’t quite know what to expect with this.If I had to sum up The Corn Book in one word, it would be weird.Under the Empyrean Sky was undoubtedly weird. It was strange. It was odd. But that does not mean it w [...]

    27. There was a brief period of timing following the publication of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma during which I was keenly aware of corn. Corn is a staple of industrial agriculture. If you read the ingredients of almost any packaged food, you will find there corn, or some corn by-product. Researchers can perform testing on skeletons to determine how much corn the deceased ate during his or her lifetime. Modern Americans far exceed the consumption rates of the Maya, who ate a lot of corn. [...]

    28. 3.5 starsI've heard good things about Chuck Wendig, and I do enjoy his blog quite a bit, but I'd been reluctant to try his fiction. It sounded a bit more gruesome and, er, intense than what I usually like to read. But when I read his Big Idea post on Scalzi's website, I knew I at least had to check this one out. I mean, cornpunk? Come on.In Mr. Wendig's words, the idea for this book started out as a joke:I blog five days out of seven at terribleminds and sometimes the blog posts come easily and [...]

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