“Smith’s gifts of imagination are staggering. Her world-building is a tangled sprawl of past, present, and future, a wickedly satirical synthesis that underlines just how fractured our own realities can be during periods of fear, unrest, inequality, and instability….In language that punches and caresses, [Smith] dwells on ugliness and beauty in equal measure…Much like Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Charlie Jane Anders’ All The Birds in the Sky before it, The Sky is Yours filters youth through a warped yet poignantly canny speculative-fiction lens. At the same time, it’s funny as hell, full of madcap detail, firecracker dialogue, and a healthy dose of absurdism in the face of darkness.”
“There have been a lot of books heralded as heirs to Infinite Jest, but I can happily say: this is it. I’ve found it…Chandler Klang Smith has unleashed her own slipstream, genrefluid monster of a book – that also happens to be fun, visceral, heartbreaking, and genuinely funny. The Sky Is Yours is bursting with ideas and characters, and I’d advise you to take a break after reading it, because other books are probably going to seem a bit black-and-white for a while…The Sky is Yours may be a rollicking adventure, but it also has a bracing, honest heart.”
“Eight years in the making, this imaginative work of fiction is beholden to no rules. Influenced by the likes of Jane Austen and Rick and Morty, Smith tackles timely issues while leaving room for some delicious reality TV references.”
“Chandler Klang Smith’s debut novel The Sky Is Yours is exactly thing you’re looking for, if the thing you are looking for is a sharp satire of American politics and reality-as-entertainment set in a Blade Runner-esque post apocalyptic city eerily reminiscent of New York and plagued by a pair of restless dragons. It’s smart science fiction filled with atmosphere, edgy worldbuilding, and characters who are difficult to sympathize with—and all the more human for that… It’s over the top in the best way—an ambitious, unsettling book, worth the trip.”
–Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“Smith’s The Sky Is Yours is a blockbuster of major label debuts. The dystopic inventiveness of this genre hybrid sci-fi thriller/coming of age tale/adventure novel has garnered comparisons to Gary Shteyngart, David Mitchell and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. And did I mention? It has dragons, too.”
“Readers who love ambitious literary genre fiction should be on the lookout for Smith’s first novel, a vibrantly uncanny dystopia set on an island metropolis, in the shadow of dragons that swoop overhead, where income inequality and mass incarceration have spun out of control.”
“[Smith’s] dystopian dragon-opus . . . is a marvel: a smart, ribald and relentlessly imaginative tale about three troubled teens making their way through a fallen world of psychotropic chewing tobacco-dealers, monster cults and, yup, you guessed it, big-ass dragons. . . . I privately like to think of it as a soupcon of the movies Reign of Fire and Brazil, and the novels Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.”
“The Sky Is Yours defies description. Striding confidently across genres—post-apocalyptic thriller, science-fictional critique of a consumerist zeitgeist, spiritual musing—Smith has crafted a singular piece of fiction… There is an ever-present wrongness to the city which is the result of a truly skillful wielding of storytelling technique and a carefully calculated flow which keeps the reader off-balance. This transforms the novel from narrative to experience.”
–The Harvard Crimson
“Chandler Klang Smith’s The Sky is Yours is an unmissable masterpiece.”
“Chandler Klang Smith comes roaring out the gate with a raucous, inventive gem of a debut. Science fiction, coming of age, and adventure novel, The Sky is Yours blends its genres brilliantly. To top it all off the book is funny as hell.”
–Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom and The Changeling
“Brilliant, darkly hilarious and almost impossible to describe. Imagine if Terry Gilliam adapted a coming-of-age adventure set in William Gibson’s dystopian sprawl and threw in a dash of Jane Austen. I loved it.”
–Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char
“The Sky Is Yours is a visionary, funny, infuriating dystopic romp, and it’s full of carefully observed character details and revelations that simultaneously broke my heart and made it soar like a dragon.”
–Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they’ve ever known.
As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.
Cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable, The Sky Is Yours announces Smith as a powerful literary voice.