(summary from Goodreads)
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .
I am so darn conflicted about this book. I absolutely loved it, and then the ending happened and I didn’t know whether to cry or throw my book at the wall. (I didn’t because it is so beautiful and that would be a crime against this book!).
I’ve been reading a lot of really good YA Dystopian at the moment and I each time I pick up a new book I worry that it is not going to be as good as the last. But this one was perfect. The worldbuilding (especially the map in the cover) with it’s mixed of old tradition and new technology and the skyships! I loved the descriptions when Cat was on the ship and the mechanics of it, plus the views just sounded incredible!