by Cori McCarthy
Publication date: March 10th 2015
by Sourcebooks Fire
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy
Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, 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. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
Meet the Elite Teen Fighter Pilots of the United Star Academy
Full Name: ADAM MAGNANT
Call Sign: ROMEO
Position: RIO (radar intercept officer)
Hair Color: Scruffy brown
Eye Color: Brown
Originally from: Quebec, Canada
Plane name and description: PHOENIX, Streaker Jet Prototype 0
Years in the service: 4
Personality strengths: Goofy, loyal, a barrel of fun
Personality weaknesses: Ridiculous flirt
“I’m Henry,” Pippin said. “You remember me. You stood on my face.”
“Sure, I remember,” the broad-shouldered man-boy said. “No hard feelings?”
“’Course not,” Pippin said.
Pippin seemed like he’d gotten conked in the head. Chase wondered if he was about to execute some revenge for getting stomped on, but that’s not what came out. “Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”
It was a weird moment. Even Riot was dumbfounded, or at least he looked dumber than usual.
Romeo clapped Pippin’s shoulder. “La loi est-elle de notre côté, si je dis oui?”
“Non.” Pippin laughed real hard at that, and it got right under Chase’s fingernails.
~About the Author~
CORI MCCARTHY studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan. Learn more about her books at CoriMcCarthy.com.
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