"Top Gun" meets "Iron Eagle" is what the story struck me as when I began reading it. There are definitely elements that are similar to those movies - the need for speed; young, hotshot pilots; and...other things that would give too many plots details away. Chase Harcourt is a teenage pilot at the STAR, a U.S. flight academy that trains young pilots to train an experimental aircraft, the Streaker. Her past has left her uneasy with relationships and emotions, and her RIO is her only real friend. The tension caused by her flirtations with various other cadets is nothing compared to the political situation that has made the Streakers necessary. America is locked in a cold war that has the entire country cut off from the rest of the world and any country that aids the U.S. is punished by China and its allies. Killer drones are used to swat planes from the sky and networks are hijacked and reprogrammed with catastrophic results.
The story operates on two levels - the near future world scenario and the drama within the academy. A chilling look at an America without friends, locked within its own borders, victim to epidemics and water rationing, can may cause readers some sleepless nights. And then there are Chase and the other cadets - competitive, headstrong, and often at odds even though they are wingmen. The secrets that each of them protect and the vulnerabilities of young people living under such pressure make their human weaknesses and heroic moments more obvious.
If you enjoy suspense, military-flavored thrills, and a dash of romance, then strap in and hit the throttle on Breaking Sky. Check out the video trailer.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.