Fran Wilde’s debut novel Updraft flew onto the scene in 2015. With fliers, cities of bone, invisible skymouths and more in a lean and mean YA format, Updraft was a gust of fresh air in fantasy.
Cloudbound takes place not long after the revolutionary events at the end of Updraft. The unjust order of the Spire has been overthrown. The old order is gone. Updraft is upsetting an unjust order. Cloudbound asks, and answers the question — once you have toppled that unnatural order, how do you build a new one? How do you make society work? And what do you do about people willing to take advantage of the chaos, confusion and upset social structures to make their own plans for the future manifest? Continue reading