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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765377838
Branch Call Number: WIL
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 22 cm


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When Kirit is recruited to join the secretive group that rules her city, she's just disappointed that she won't get to fly with her mom as a trader. But as she gets more involved in the group, she realizes that things are worse than she knew and that she'll have to make some difficult decisions i... Read More »

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

Creative combination of SF and fantasy with a unique world and culture. The people of this world live in immense towers made of what apparently is bone. Travel between towers is only possible by flight via manufactured wings or by bridges built between towers. Skilled flyers learn to use the winds in their favor. Unskilled flyers can plummet to their deaths in the unknown depths far below. Kirit Densira is preparing for her wing test. If she can show her skills, she can join her mother as a trader between the towers, a highly prestigious job. But Kirit is a rebel, refusing to follow the rules of this harsh life. Kirit is forced to go to the central tower, the Spire, and join it under threat of death. As she learns the truth about the powers and machinations of the Spire, she begins to understand the dangers behind the Spire secrets.

Very exciting story with a lot of action. Kirit is an appealing rebellious young woman, too self-centered at first, until she begins to understand what the stakes are for cooperation or rebellion. The plot is complex and you do not know until late in the book who is really on Kirit’s side and who are her enemies. The book is on the border of teen and adult, promoted as an adult novel but equally enjoyable to teens. This is the first of a series, followed by *Cloudbound* and *Horizon*.

JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

A very different fantasy world where everyone lives in towers made of living bone, and the people fly. Kirit is planning to become a trader like her mother, so you know something happens to derail the plans. The world building is very neat, and the secrets that are revealed become more intense. I can't wait to finish the trilogy.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

Fantasy. All Kirit Densira wants is to pass her wingtest, strap on her flying gear, and join her mother as a trader, ferrying much-needed supplies between towers made of living bone while eluding the predatory skymouths that snatch citizens from the air. When Kirit breaks Tower Law by deterring a skymouth attack, the enigmatic Singers -- who govern the city from within the Spire -- present her with an agonizing choice: sacrifice her life's dream in order to join their ranks or receive a sentence of death. Extensive world-building, layers of political intrigue, and a poignant coming-of-age story make this 1st book in the Bone Universe series a must-read. The saga continues with Cloudbound.

Sep 15, 2016

This was an amazingly imagined book. One of the most unique worlds I've seen in a very long while. I didn't find the main character to be selfish so much as human. She wasn't a Mary Jane author stand-in with the noblest morals and purest saccharine intentions, and that's what I loved most about her. I liked the cultures technology and rituals; both were completely described and organically developed. The central mystery was compelling enough to carry through to the very end, the plot twists were good, and the ending was deeply satisfying. I can't wait to see what Fran Wilde writes next!

Mar 09, 2016

I can’t do it. I just can’t. There is one glaring problem with this book that I just can’t get past:


What a selfish little brat. It is incredibly difficult to get invested in a story, in a plot line revolving around this character. It’s hard to be sympathetic, or to even care what happens to her, when every choice she has made thus far is purely selfish. Incredibly selfish. Not the standard shenanigans of the young, not youthful indiscretion, absolute selfishness. Add on to that, she couldn’t go five minutes after her mom left without breaking laws. Not just violating mommy’s rule, breaking laws. With deadly consequences. She literally just watched a man die, get eaten by a partially invisible skymouth, and then she decides “screw it, I’m gonna stand on this here balcony and watch an empty sky!” Right in the middle of the migration season for these bad mamma-jamma’s!

This is a chick that has grown up in this world, even if she has never been in the middle of a migration, she knows the danger of these things. She knows not only what the laws are but why the laws are. She witnessed it, literally, moments before she decides that she’s going to do whatever she wants.

THEN – she has the opportunity to make sure no ramifications come for the people she supposedly loves. She can take the punishment all on herself, by becoming a well-respected and feared singer, or she can drag everyone else down with her. What does this selfish little twit decide to do….why of course, drag everyone else down with her. Possibly destroy their opportunities to advance, their reputations, etc. Not important, she doesn’t wanna be a singer she wants to be a trader. Shoulda thought about that before you broke the law and nearly killed your entire tower!

I have no interest in reading a story about someone gaining perspective or growing up or whatever else shit direction this may be headed in. She should be farther along at this point so it feels like the book will just be covering her learning crap she should already know.


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