Updraft by Fran Wilde

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In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves. Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.  Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever – if it isn’t destroyed outright.

This was Squabbling Dragons book of the month in November and I buddy read this with the lovely Kirstie at Upside-Down Books.  She’s *gasp* developed a life while I am still being a hermit and reading my days away so I finished before her, I would have waited but there are just to many books on my TBR this month, sorry Kirst!

Now to review, I’ll start with what I loved because I really did love some aspects of this book.

The descriptions – This book isn’t heavy on flowery writing or over done cliché colour descriptions but the visuals were amazing. The description of different gusts of wind, of what flying felt like, of how the wings strapped on, tightened, and pulled, the awesome swan dives, dips, and complicated wing stances when fighting all perfect. I imagined everything like I was watching a movie and would probably read this again just to imagine I’m up in the towers flying too.

The Hierarchy/Society – There are the Towers and the Spier. The towers are normal citizens, kids, grandparents, people from all walks of life living in the sky like we would the ground except y’know flying and all that jazz. The richer/more respected you are in society the higher up you live avoiding to many others throwing their waste (ugh) out of their windows to splatter the lower levels.
The lower levels are were lawbreakers are banished or the unflying go to live, small cramped dirty places.
The spier is for the Singers who are the law enforces of this world and the government. The Spier is a sacred space, the people known from protecting the people from the Skymouths (invisible octopus dragons ready to eat you, I love them obviously). The Singers are also praised for helping the towers grow and flourish.

THE MONSTERS AND BONE STRUCTURES – I loved the monsters, I loved the bone towers that grew and eventually grew too much leaving little hollow space for people living down tower to live comfortably in. The monsters were unique, scary, and again the descriptions fantastic.

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Now my problem – Boring characters, somewhat predictable plot, and where was the world building?!

Kirit, Nat, Wiks, etc… all boring characters that had little drive, the only time I really liked any of them were when they were angry and showing me something.
Plot – I guessed a lot of things, the “clues”/back story reflecting what will happen in the near future ruined some plot twists for me.
THE WORLD – but Casey you just said you loved the descriptions? Yes i did but WHY DO THEY LIVE IN THE SKY, HOW ARE THE BONE TOWERS GROWING/WHERE DO PEOPLE GO WHEN THEY FALL? DO THEY SPLATTER TO THE EARTH? WHY DOESN’T ANYONE FLY TO THE GROUND TO SEE WHATS UP?

3.5/5 Stars

Overall – Plot was okay, Characters were not for me, but the descriptions, unique world, and monsters were right up my ally.

Have you read Updraft? What did you think? Also any other flying books to rec? I really loved this for it and need some more now. 

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8 thoughts on “Updraft by Fran Wilde

  1. If ye like books about flying try windhaven (a fantasy) or the pilots of borealis (sci-fi). Loved them both and they do remind me of updraft. Loved that one too. I still need to read the rest of the trilogy. Thanks fer the reminder matey.
    x The Captain

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    1. You are more then welcome! and yes checking those out now I loved the flying in this one just wished the characters were a bit better so I’m excited to read more flying books + sci fi and fantasy is my jam XD Thank Cap!

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    1. Yes! I didnt love him but I liked him better (the kids made of rubber i swear xD) i think the next one explains what’s below and has a lot more world building so I’ll probs like it more than this one. Hope you like the second when you get to it!

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  2. *viciously swats at life with my copy of Updraft to beat it away* I PROMISE I’LL BE A BETTER HERMIT THIS MONTH! But you already know how I feel about this book so I’ll just sit quietly in the corner by a fire which I’m occasionally feeding book pages. Updraft’s book pages that is.

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