Hello humans! I did mention that September was the month of ARC reviews, didn’t I? Well, they haven’t shown signs of stopping and today is no exception. Light Years is the latest book by the author of The 100 Kass Morgan. I read the first book in The 100 and did quite enjoy it so I was interested to see how this new series would begin. I must say Light Years ended up being a hugely fun YA sci-fi read which promises to get even better as more books are released.
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…
This book is multiple POV, and Kass Morgan has managed to perform a feat I didn’t think was humanly possible, and create four unique characters – none of whom I didn’t enjoy reading. Seriously. That never happens. Every single one of these characters is interesting, is relatable in their own way, has challenges to overcome and strengths they can rely on. I’ve read a huge number of multiple POV books and there is always one character that you adore and there is always one that makes the chapters they are narrating feel like a chore. Not so in this case.
I have to echo the words of another blogger, in saying that this is essentially a high school drama set in space. You could easily supplant these characters into a more ‘normal’ setting and the plot would work in much the same way. However, the fact that they are in space makes everything that much cooler. It’s a story about finding friends and working together, which is always something I love, but it’s set in space so I love it even more! Maybe I’m a sucker, maybe I’ll love anything if you slap space on it (I’m still waiting for Space Dragons), but it works!
There was, predictably, a lot of romance in this story, I think the high school-esque nature kind of necessitates it almost? What I did enjoy was that not all of the romances were straight romances and that it wasn’t just a case of everyone in the group coupling up (this isn’t Glee in space…although). You get the feeling that these are relationships that can and will build and change as these books go on, it isn’t insta-love per say but it’s the start of relationships amongst young adults. It felt very real, and that’s what made them fun to read as opposed to annoying.
Of course one can’t get away from the fact that this is a white author writing what is essentially a narrative about the integration of schools. Yes, it is space, but the theme is still there. Of course, I can’t speak to how well she handles that topic and I will be on the lookout for reviews from people of colour and I urge you to do the same.
All in all, I was incredibly impressed by this book. It isn’t long, so it’s a nice quick read and would be perfect for those looking for something fast-paced and exciting. I also think it would be a good transition book for anyone who is used to reading contemporary.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Light Years comes out on the 9th of October so there is time to preorder if you fancy!
I received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Will you be reading Light Years? Let me know in the comments below!