BOOK REVIEW: Under the Empyrean Sky, by Chuck Wendig

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Empyrean Sky, by Chuck Wendig

Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life, AND welcome back to my first book review in a long long time. Unfortunately, this is NOT the return of Five Minute Books. Those videos still take me way too long. This is Four Minute Books. With jump cuts. It’s not as good, I’m sorry! Last week I read Under the Empyrean Sky by hybrid author Chuck Wendig, and it gave me happy pants. I made a little unboxing video for it, and if you missed that on my Twitter, here it is: Under the Empyrean Sky is a dystopian sci-fi novel. It’s also placed in the Young Adult category, but … I don’t know, there’s a lot of stuff in here I was like, “Whoah.” Though I guess it’s definitely not more violent than The Hunger Games. The story takes place in a futuristic America where the world has divided into two groups, the Heartlanders who live on the ground and work the land, and the Empyrean, who fly around on hovering cities and rule over everyone. A quick note up front about the only thing that threw me a little bit out of this book. In this future, America has been overtaken by mutant corn genetically spliced with venus flytraps and some other nasty plants. The corn is kind of alive and will eat almost anything it comes in contact with, albeit slowly. Humans have to control the corn with all kinds of herbicides and other nasty, nasty ass chemicals, and that means a lot of them are extremely sick and have cancer. I saw this as an obvious depiction...