Monday, January 9, 2017

Updraft by Fran Wilde (audiobook) - Paul's REVIEW

Updraft (Bone Universe, #1)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Audible

Title: Updraft
Author: Fran Wilde
Year Published: 2015

Narrator:  Khristine Hvam
Audiobook Length: 12 hours 6 minutes

Synopsis: In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves.

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. 

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever - if it isn't destroyed outright. 


Review: There's some really cool worldbuilding in this book. Spires made of living bone. An interesting caste-like system of job assignments. Flying through the clouds. But, I found I had more questions that were never answered about the world. 

I listened to this book in audiobook format and it took me awhile to finish it. I couldn't really get into the book. There were many slow parts. 

Overall, it was a fun, enjoyable book. But, it could have been so much more. I give this book a 3/5.


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