Title: Light years.
Author: Kass Morgan.
Publisher: Little, Brown books for Young readers.
Page count: 377.
Release day: October 9th 2018.
Genre: YA, science-fiction.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Reeling from the latest attack by a
mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from
every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.
Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.
These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…
I have to admit, I only read this because I got the arc of the sequel, and to read that I needed to read this. But I’m really happy I did! I didn’t have very high expectations, but it was quite good!
We follow four different people, who all come from a different planet, but all go to the same school. This is the first year that students from different planets than Tridia are accepted, and not everyone agrees with this. So those four students actually end up in the same squadron, so it means they have to work together a lot. But all four of them have a different role on the ship.
I really enjoyed all four characters. Vesper is kinda the princess and is used to getting what she wants. Then we have Cormak, who is not really supposed to be there. Arran, my favourite, is a bit insecure but very cute. And Orelia is kinda mysterious, we know she has a secret, but mainly hear about that near the ending of the book. I really liked their dynamics together! But also the relations they have/ build up with other side characters!
This book mainly takes place in this school, were they learn everything about flying in space. I’m a sucker for books with school settings, so I was bound to enjoy this. Since all students are split up in these squadrons, they have competitions together, and if you end up being the winner at the end of the year you will definitely continue on to the second year!
Also the twist at the ending, I didn’t see that coming. Maybe looking back I could have, but still it surprised me and I enjoyed it!
The reason why I took a star is that there are quite some small predictable things. Because they were things that have been done often in books. But since I really enjoyed the rest of the story I only took one star.
This book reminded me a bit of Aurora rising in some ways! (this book was published first though) So if you enjoyed that one, I do recommend checking this one out!