My first book of 2023!
I've had The Philosopher's Flight on my to-read list for awhile. I received it as a Bookmas gift in one of my Facebook groups, so it was just the right choice for my New Year read!
In a world where empirical philosophy is a branch of science dominated by women, Robert Weekes is unusual in his level of skill and his ability to fly. His dream is to join the elite Research and Evacuation Medical Corps and fight in the Great War, but is hampered by the fact that the corps is all female. When the opportunity to study philosophy at Radcliffe is presented, Robert takes it, thrusting himself and his classmates into battle, both with those who don't want him as a part of the empirical community and with those who'd rather see the entire community destroyed.
I simply can't believe I waited this long to read this book, the sequel is already on its way to my house. It is definitely one you can't put down. I love how the author used actual history to pair into the empirical philosophy world--various wars and conflicts, historical figures, and more. One can draw more than a few parallels between the fictional scenario and today as well, particularly the role of the Trenches (those who oppose empirical philosophy as a type of evil) and Robert fighting for his place in a world dominated by the opposite gender.
About The Philosopher's Flight:
Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is one of the few men who practice empirical philosophy—an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, heal the injured, and even fly. He’s always dreamed of being the first man to join the US Sigilry Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department, an elite team of flying medics, but everyone knows that’s impossible: men can barely get off the ground. When a shocking tragedy puts Robert’s philosophical abilities to the test, he rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study philosophy at Radcliffe College—an all-women’s school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his flying skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable and unruly women. Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young hero of the Great War turned political radical. But Danielle’s activism and Robert’s recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert’s mother fought against decades before.
With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert’s place among the next generation of empirical philosophers—and for philosophy’s very survival against the men who would destroy it.