Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm a sucker for a dystopian future tale, I must admit.
I had followed Chuck Wendig on Twitter for several months and tremendously enjoyed the interactive nature of his blog, terribleminds.com but I was oddly hesitant about reading his work. After all, I had already formed an opinion of this guy based on his online writing and what if I didn't like his work? It's happened before with authors I "met" outside of their published works. I needn't have worried. Under the Empyrean Sky was a terrific read. The characters he created were easy to relate to and engaged in credible dialog. Most importantly he draws you into his created world a bit at a time, enough to allow a sense of that world to emerge in increments rather than throwing too much at you at once, leaving you to figure out what you're looking at. At no point did the writing take me out of the story, it flowed as the best of stories do, and I can't wait for the sequel because now I have to know what happens next!
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