Updraft by Fran Wilde | LJ Review

updraft_resizedstarred review starWilde, Fran. Updraft. Tor. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9780765377838. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858206. SF
On the eve of the wing test that will finally allow her to take her place alongside her mother as a trader between the towers, Kirit Densira breaks tower law and attracts a skymouth. In a panic, she finds an unexpected skill: her voice can control the invisible predators that roam the skies around the towers. This talent brings her to the attention of the Singers, those in charge of enforcing tower laws and protecting the people. Forced to train with the Singers, Kirit soon uncovers secrets about her own family and about the Singers that could endanger the towers at risk. VERDICT The world of the towers grown from bone, where residents strap on wings and soar the air currents, is captivating. As a coming-of-age story, Kirit’s journey to find her place is satisfying, but the real draw is a world that readers will be anxious to revisit in future volumes of this exciting new series.—Megan M. McArdle, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

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