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Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars
by Nick James
Publication: September 2011 from Flux
Paperback, 376 pages
A devastated Earth’s last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers — political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth’s stratosphere — and the corrupt Surface government.
Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable — and dangerous — abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.
Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.
The Pearl Wars is a great young adult sci-fi, with memorable characters, detailed imagery and setting (post-apocalyptic world, anyone?) and a really intriguing premise. I really enjoyed the characters and plot of this one, and think it’s a good choice not just for sci-fi fans but those looking to delve into the genre, too.