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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reliquary Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984183353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984183357
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,376,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is the very reason that it's a good thing for readers that indie publishers exist." - Book Reviews Weekly

"The world in 'The Sky: The World' is complex and breathtaking...It sucked me in, I loved it, and it was quite the wild ride." -Novel Addiction

"Inventive and full of surprises." -Innsmouth Free Press

More About the Author

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had sixteen books published in six years, including her bestselling thriller, "Rabbits in the Garden," and the first book in her edgy YA series, "The Darla Decker Diaries." More info on her speculations and publications can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

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I love reading new things and getting to know new authors.
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I read a lot of struggling authors and sometimes it's hard to get through some of the books.
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Ms. McHugh once again does a great job of creating characters who feel real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean C. Mcmillin on October 10, 2012
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The story is set in a Victorian era alternate world; not really steampunk because the tech is based on invisible crystals and not steam, and the whole worldview is ... different. It's a society where the citizens are obsessed both machine and human perfection, and where naturally conceived children are apt upon. Almost like a Victorian age Gattaca or something. There's tension in the whole setting, because in a world where perfection is not only worshipped but expected, heroes can fall very hard.

Protagonist Jack Racine is one of these fallen heroes. He's also kind of a douche, really, though his self-loathing makes him strangely sympathetic. Almost every time he's faced with a new clue or challenge, his first reaction is to retreat into a bar/opium den where he gets drunk, stoned, and has sex with various beautiful women who are friends/acquaintances/loved ones of his, which he later can't really remember. Somehow, though, the author makes him compelling and I did really want to see if he would be redeemed by the end.

On the other hand, whenever the author goes into an expository mode (such as the section covering Dr. Azaz's backstory, which was brilliant) the book is truly enthralling. Authors are always warned to dole out exposition in little drips and drops, but here the author ladles it on and at times and it really works great. It's actually in the backstory stuff that her storytelling skills are at their height.
The mythology behind the world is brilliant and original, and the ethereal crystal technology is both fascinating and kind of creepy. This is a fascinating setting where nothing is without danger and every miracle has a price.

I was kinda expecting a steampunkish adventure full of swashbuckling and dogfights, but I didn't get that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Ratliff on November 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
The story takes place in 17th century London as a new science emerges from a reclusive Doctor Azaz. This science allows the creation of airplanes and eventually controls reproductive life. Airplanes play a role in the story and introduce us to the main character Jack Racine. Jack is the brother of Toby Racine, who had a stellar career the service but dies suddenly in a plane crash that should not have happened with the new technology. Jack, the black sheep of the family, enjoys drinking, women, and laudanum. Upon his brother's death, Jack and his aerial flying team, The Sherwood Six take off to find answers, which leads to Jack meeting the mysterious Dr. Azaz who has an important task for Jack that will forever change his life. I read a lot of struggling authors and sometimes it's hard to get through some of the books. This was not one I struggled with.

The Sky: The World was very enjoyable, and I am surprised that it's not been picked up by a bigger publishing house. It is currently published by Reliquary Press, an indie publishing house. For me, this book is the very reason that it's a good thing for readers that indie publishers exist, otherwise we might not get the chance to read great stories by great authors like The Sky: The World by Jessica McHugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 27, 2010
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Wow! I don't read this neo-victorian" genre very often, but "The Sky: The World!" had me hooked from the very beginning. I read it in one sitting...just couldn't put it down! Jack Racine as the opium addicted, womanizing stunt pilot is a lot more endearing than you'd expect, and Doctor Azaz...well, Doctor Azaz is like no other character I've ever read.

This was the fourth Jessica McHugh book that I've read, and they just seem to get better and better. She is really masterful at character development and at weaving the story so that you are constantly pulling back layers until you reach the truth. Traveling through the worlds she creates is an absolute delight, and I am looking forward to reading many more imaginative stories from this emerging author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William L. Nienaber on June 3, 2013
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After a few pleasant (if startling and creepy) encounters with Ms. McHugh's short fiction works, I chose this as my first novel experience. Turns out, it's kind of a mix of a bunch of genres I like: kinda steampunk, lots of action/adventure, seriously speculative, a bit of heaving bosom romance tossed in, and ultimately a lovely, if somewhat gritty redemption story. It's the 19th century, but not the one we're familiar with. The mysterious Dr. Azaz has transformed the world through his many inventions, including aeroplanes and a strange crystalline technology that has changed everything, including the reproductive process. Jack Racine is a world-famous stunt pilot, and a near-perfect anti-hero type. His prowess in the air is only eclipsed by his prowess in the bedroom (or dark alleys, or... well anywhere for that matter,) and his seemingly insatiable appetite for booze, opium, and laudanum. When his brother Toby is killed in a plane crash, along with his pregnant wife, the official report is that the crash was caused by Toby's intoxication. Knowing that this couldn't be true, Jack sets out to investigate and clear his brother's good name. He's called to meet with Dr. Azaz in his tower of isolation, where he learns many of Azaz's secrets, and is thrown headlong into a conspiracy to steal the knowledge that has made Azaz the benevolent icon he has been for decades. This one is a real page-turner!
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