ENDER’S GAME meets CODE NAME VERITY in this thrilling and edgy new novel from the author of THE COLOR OF RAIN
The year is 2048. World War III is looming. Asia’s New Eastern Bloc is the global superpower whose devastating red drones threaten the USA and its allies…
Chase Harcourt, call sign ‘Nyx’, is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental ‘Streaker’ jets at the junior Air Force Academy. Tough and impulsive, with lightning-fast reactions, Chase’s flyboy fame and reputation as a heartbreaker mean that few know the pain and loneliness of her past, the dark secret about her father, or how hard she works to remain detached. All anyone cares is that Chase can keep her maverick tendencies in check long enough to ace the upcoming Streaker trials, finally proving that the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts towards war, and the young pilots gear up for their greatest and most dangerous test, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. A guy who flies like a god and tests her ability to keep her feelings in lockdown.
As she flies at blinding speeds to defend her country, Chase must also take terrible risks to save her friends. Facing a loss that strikes her right in the heart, Chase must finally learn to trust and take the ultimate risk – to let herself love and be loved.
USA/Canada: Sourcebooks Fire (Spring 2015)
Film Rights: Sony Pictures, with Barry Josephson producing (http://www.thewrap.com/sony-barry-josephson-developing-breaking-sky-movie-based-on-ya-book-exclusive/) Co-agent: Jason Dravis of The Dravis Agency
Starred Review in the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This taut, well-crafted novel should have broad appeal, for fans of everything from Roth’s Divergent to Wein’s Code Name Verity.”
Starred Review in School Library Journal
“Strong characterizations, action, adventure, and emotion combine to produce a sci-fi novel that is more than just the sum of its parts.”
Cory McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before earning an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Kirkus called their debut YA novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.”
BREAKING SKY is in development to become a film at Josephson Entertainment, while their third title, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed-media novel containing graphic novel sections and word-art poetry. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE released from Sourcebooks Fire in 2018, followed by a fantasy duology written with their partner, Amy Rose Capetta; ONCE AND FUTURE and THE SWORD IN THE STARS published in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, Cory’s first picture book will be released from Candlewick, a biography of the inspiring Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, entitled HOPE IS AN ARROW.
Like many of their characters, Cory is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.