Updraft: A Novel (Bone Universe #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Bone Universe series.

Staff Reviews

A captivating debut novel by established genre essayist, Fran Wilde! Updraft entrances readers with a meticulously researched and beautifully built world wherein human flight, bone-cities, and a sky full of dangerous skymouths anchor a young woman's reality. Secrets, conflicting loyalties, and tough dispositions will make you want to immerse yourself in this novel; honestly, I read it in one sitting. — Aubrey Restifo

A novel with human flight, bone towers, and wonderful prose all seen through the eyes of female protagonist Kirit, who finds her dreams of becoming a trader crashing down around her and replaced by the secrets of her training at the mysterious spire. I was quickly swallowed by this world, and loved Kirit from the start! — Amy Williams


From Fran Wilde comes Updraft, the Nebula finalist and Andre Norton Award-winning first novel in the Bone Universe saga

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.

Bone Universe
1) Updraft
2) Cloudbound
3) Horizon

About the Author

Fran Wilde's acclaimed short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Nature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Aside from her writing career, she has worked as a science and engineering writer, as a programmer and game developer, as a sailing assistant, and as a jeweler's assistant. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. She is the author of Updraft.

Praise For…

Praise for the Bone Universe Trilogy

"A book that’s impossible to put down. [Wilde has] planted herself firmly in the “authors to watch” category." —Andrew Liptak on Updraft

"The world of the towers grown from bone, where residents strap on wings and soar the air currents, is captivating...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." —Library Journal, starred review, on Updraft

“A fantastic follow-up to Updraft—I liked it better than its predecessor, particularly for what it says about the politics of fear and prejudice, and how giving people what they want isn't always the best thing." —Aliette de Bodard, award-winning author of House of Shattered Wings, on Cloudbound

"A thrilling and complex tale about the most difficult stage of a revolution: what do you do after you win? Highly recommended both for the story it tells as well as how it tells that story. Wilde takes risks that pay off hugely.” —Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings, on Cloudbound

"Wilde’s fantastical trilogy (after Cloudbound) takes on violent political divisions, ecological desolation, and the imminent death of the only world the characters have ever known....Fans of the series will be satisfied by its conclusion." —Publishers Weekly on Horizon

"Wilde gives us a compellingly strange world, one that is alien in the best and most interesting senses. And the characters are fun. It’s a worthy conclusion to the trilogy, and a satisfying one." —Liz Bourke, Tor.com, on Horizon

"[A] series worth reading because it takes readers to a completely different place than any they’ve seen before, to a world where people believe flying is life itself, and how sometimes even when change is hard it’s not necessarily going to become something worse." —Elitist Book Reviews on Horizon

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765377838
ISBN-10: 0765377837
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Bone Universe