Literature: Take Back the Skies
A heart will soar. An empire will fall.
No one knew how or why the gods had formed the storm barriers where they did, but they were all over the world.
Take Back the Skies is a Young Adult SteamPunk
Fantasy Romance book written by Lucy Saxon. Set in the Dystopian
world of Tellus, it follows the adventure of 14-year-old Catherine Hunter
, aka Cat
, as she joins the crew
of the Stormdancer
and their fight to take down and reveal the secrets of her country's government.
- Bittersweet Ending The government is taken down, the Collections have ended, and the day is saved, but Fox is dead, most of the sprogs are unable to return to their parents, and Cat is forced to marry Prince James to ensure Angyla is restored to its former stability.
- Bold Explorers The entire crew of the Stormdancer.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents Fox and Cat.
- Boyish Short Hair The haircut that Cat dons after escaping from her father so that she can pass as a boy amongst the commoners.
- Also doubles as an Important Haircut as it's a sign of her freedom from her father and the constraints of her former life.
- Childhood Friend Romance James and Cat - although moreso from James' point of view.
- Arranged Marriage Between James and Cat, the former and his mother being far more keen on upholding the promise than the latter. Cat tries to attempt a Childhood Marriage Veto but ultimately ends up marrying him in the final scene.
- Children Soldiers The fate of the sprogs Collected by the government.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Constructed World The book is set in the fictional world of Tellus, notable for the thick, tumultuous storms that surround its islands.
- Entitled to Have You Prince James towards Cat big time, especially once her relationship with Fox is revealed.
- Everyone Can See It The rest of the crew of the Stormdancer towards the budding romance between Cat and Fox.
- Female Gaze Frequently, as a result of being narrated by a Hormone-Addled Teenager
- In-Series Nickname Various crew members of the Stormdancer nickname Cat "shortie" and children are generally referred to as "sprogs".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
- Loveable Rogue Fox.
- Offical Couple Cat and Fox.
- Only Known by Their Nickname Both Cat (Catherine Hunter) and Fox (William Foxe).
- She Cleans Up Nicely Cat when she wears the dress and necklace that she nicked from her old home, dressing more feminine for the first time in front of the crew of the Stormdancer.
- Sweet Polly Oliver Cat during the first few chapters after her escape to ensure her a place on the Stormdancer.
- Samus is a Girl Revealed when Fox and Cat escape from the police and, in the struggle, Cat ends up only with an undershirt on her top half.
- Team Mom Alice for the crew of the Stormdancer.
- Tell Me About My Mother
- Unable to Cry Cat after Fox kills her father.