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Author: Chuck Wendig Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Heartland Trilogy Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781480544963
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Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it.

It’s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow—and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it.

As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much-needed ace notes for their families. But Cael’s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He’s sick of the mayor’s son besting Cael’s crew in the scavenging game. And he’s worried about losing Gwennie—his first mate and the love of his life—forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry—angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn’t seem upset about any of it.

Cael’s ready to make his own luck…even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tense dystopian tale made more strange and terrifying by its present-day implications.”

    Booklist

  • “A thoroughly imagined environmental nightmare with taut pacing and compelling characters that will leave readers eager for more.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Under the Empyrean Sky is like a super-charged, genetically modified hybrid of The Grapes of Wrath and Star Wars. Wendig delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a future agri-dystopia. Fascinating world building, engaging and deep characters, smooth, electric prose.”

    John Hornor Jacobs, author of The Twelve-Fingered Boy

  • Under the Empyrean Sky is an imaginative, page-turning adventure that will delight science fiction fans and have them impatiently waiting for the next installment.” 

    Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Testing

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About the Author

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, game designer, and all-around freelance penmonkey. He is the author of Blackbirds and Mockingbird, both published by Angry Robot. He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line. Along with writing partner Lance Weiler, Wendig is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab. Their short film, Pandemic, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Together they wrote the digital transmedia drama Collapsus, which was nominated for an International Digital Emmy and a Games 4 Change award. He has also written a number of essay collections on the subject of writing.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.