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The Sky Is Yours

(2018)
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal - NPR - New York Public Library - LitHub - Mental Floss

"Influenced by the likes of Jane Austen and Rick and Morty, Smith tackles timely issues while leaving room for some delicious reality TV references."--Entertainment Weekly

In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis' last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash, are forced to flee everything they've ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves.

In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.

Praise for The Sky is Yours

"It's a mesmeric world, comic in the way teenage voyages of self-discovery inevitably are, but with an undertone of menace, horror, even hints of allegory. Satire, too . . . Smith's imagination is inexhaustible. The Sky Is Yours is a great and disturbing debut, which colonizes a new realm of the magic city."--The Wall Street Journal

"Smith's gifts of imagination are staggering. . . . Much like Lev Grossman's The Magicians and Charlie Jane Anders's All the Birds in the Sky before it, The Sky is Yours filters youth through a warped yet poignantly canny speculative fiction lens. At the same time, it's funny as hell, full of madcap detail, firecracker dialogue, and a healthy dose of absurdism in the face of darkness."--NPR

"Readers who love ambitious literary genre fiction should be on the lookout for Smith's first novel, a vibrantly uncanny dystopia set on an island metropolis, in the shadow of dragons that swoop overhead, where income inequality and mass incarceration have spun out of control."--HuffPost

"An unmissable masterpiece."--PopSugar

Genre: Fantasy


Praise for this book

"Brilliant, darkly hilarious and almost impossible to describe. Imagine if Terry Gilliam adapted a coming-of-age adventure set in William Gibson’s dystopian sprawl and threw in a dash of Jane Austen. I loved it." - Scott Hawkins

"Chandler Klang Smith comes roaring out the gate with a raucous, inventive gem of a debut. Science fiction, coming of age, and adventure novel, The Sky Is Yours blends its genres brilliantly. To top it all off the book is funny as hell." - Victor LaValle

"Chandler Klang Smith's The Sky Is Yours is a visionary, funny, infuriating dystopic romp, and it's full of carefully observed character details and revelations that simultaneously broke my heart and made it soar like a dragon." - Paul Tremblay


Used availability for Chandler Klang Smith's The Sky Is Yours

Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sky Is Yours: A Novel
Author(s): Chandler Klang Smith
ISBN: 0-451-49626-4 / 978-0-451-49626-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Sky Is Yours: A Novel
Author(s): Chandler Klang Smith
ISBN: 0-451-49627-2 / 978-0-451-49627-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sky Is Yours: A Novel
Author(s): Chandler Klang Smith
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Sky Is Yours: A Novel
Author(s): Chandler Klang Smith
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Sky Is Yours: A Novel
Author(s): Chandler Klang Smith
Publisher: Hogarth
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA