Cloudbound

Cloudbound

Book - 2016
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"When Kirit Densira left her home tower for the skies, she gave up many things: her beloved family, her known way of life, her dreams of flying as a trader for her tower, her dreams. Kirit set her City upside down, and fomented a massive rebellion at the Spire, to the good of the towers--but months later, everything has fallen to pieces. With the Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, daily life is full of terror and strife. Nat, Kirit's wing-brother, sets out to be a hero in his own way--sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City."
Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780765377852
Characteristics: 396 pages ;,22 cm.

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DonnaHorton
Jun 05, 2017

As far as world-crafting goes, this series is different. It is a shame that the craftsmanship of the story does not live up to the promise of the unique setting.

I have to say, I had been wondering from the beginning of Book One, Updraft, what is at the bottom of the bone towers? and How tall ARE they? By the middle of Cloudbound, my credulity was stretched to its limits by the improbable height of the towers. When I got towards the end of Cloudbound, I had to read page 375 four or five times. Really???!!!!??? You have got to be kidding me.

Did no one do any math?! The author's editor and proofreaders and advisors seriously failed her. Calculate it yourself. (There are spoilers ahead.) A city that takes a day to fly across. Twenty miles across? More? Each tower must and does get larger as the characters travel downward, until the towers merge and grow together. The characters fell. And fell. And fell. Through two books. The bone towers must have covered an area forty miles across at their base. At least. (Physics later.)

When you stand on a flat horizon, you can see seven miles in any direction, because of the curvature of the earth. Raise yourself on a plateau, and you might be able to see 13 miles. Here on earth you can stand on Pike's Peak, and see the west edge of Kansas, a dim blur at the horizon. Stand in Kansas, and you can see the tip of Pike's Peak, but not the base. Even if one supposes that the characters are standing on a much larger planet with a more distant horizon, how in the world could they SEE the details of a titanic creature big enough to support on its back a city base at least 40 miles across, if they were standing far enough away to see, not one, not two, but three separate creatures? Let alone distinguish the details of their friend being hustled up and along the lower edge of one? I have a hard time seeing the details of an eagle nest a mile away in my spotting scope mounted on a tripod.

And the physics involved? Those towers should have never have been able to grow that tall without falling over. They should have shaken and collapsed whenever the creature at the bottom moved. And I find myself absolutely unable to accept a creature moving with the weight of a city of bone towers on its back. Is this a giant planet with lighter gravity? Why did our heroes even worry about falling?

And the biology involved? Are these creatures immortal? I have to picture them as Galapagos tortoises to the nth degree. They eat and defecate. Now I have to wonder how they mate and reproduce... Again, REALLY???

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Cranb3rry
May 29, 2017

This series has excellent ideas that are set in a totally unique world. I liked the story and loved where it ended, opening up to new possibilities for the next book. I did find the unrelenting darkness hard going and normally I'd put a book down for that reason, but I wanted to see where it ended.

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mimitabby
Jan 31, 2017

after seeing all the fanfare for this book, I was very excited to read it. What a disappointment. I dragged myself through, chapter after chapter, never really understanding very much about it. The author failed to convince me that the protagonist was someone I cared about, and was so loathe to mention any feelings besides fear that this person had that I was totally baffled.
I couldn't figure out what they were doing. The only thing that caught my interest was when they were doing a little archeology. I finally gave up after getting almost halfway, still feeling like there was fuzz in my head for not really understanding anything except there were bad guys. and good guys, but who were they?
I don't recommend this book

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LorenSeibold
Jan 26, 2017

When you read a novel whose author wants to create an alternate world, you expect two things: that you can understand that alternate world, and that it is interesting. This book accomplishes neither. These creatures simply aren't interesting. Yes, names and groups and structures and concepts are introduced, but without any explanation of what they mean, or why we should care. I made it about 20 pages in before giving up, deciding they can fly about in their bone towers (not the flying nor the towers nor the political alliances ever explained) without me.

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