Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig might take home the best synopsis award for his book Under the Empyrean Sky as it starts with, “Fear the Corn.” In Wendig’s book corn is the only crop that the Empyrean government allows to be grown in Heartland and it’s not any ordinary strain. Instead it is genetically modified to the point of being aggressive. More than that, the world of Emypryean has the rich living in extravagant flotillas in the sky while the rest of the world struggles to survive down on the surface. Cael is one of these surface dwellers that scavenge the dangerous fields of corn with his crew, trying to make a living. Cael is under the constant threat of his first mate and love of his life, Gwennie, being taken away from him when the government finally chooses his spouse and when he finds a secret illegal garden, it finally becomes clear that it is time for him to strike out and make his own rules, even if the elite doesn’t like it.