Title: Light Years (Light Years #1)
Author: Kass Morgan
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
No. of pages: Hardcover, 384
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Date Read: September 28, 2018
Hidden Secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school.
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 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 an outsider on icy Chetire, wanting more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, he’s looking for a place to belong. He just never expected it to be ni 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.
Can these cadets put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy… and maybe even fall in love?
Thanks to The NOVL and Little, Brown and Company for sending me a copy of the book from a giveaway. This was one of my most anticipated reads for the year and I wasn’t disappointed.
Kass Morgan’s The 100 series is one of my all-time favorites. When I heard she was coming out with another series that was set in space in a military space academy, I was intrigued. Morgan once again has blown me away with her style of writing, her ability to create unforgettable worlds, her ability to create characters that resonate with you, and her ability to create a story that you never want to put down.
Light Years follows the story of the four cadets from Squadron 20 of the current admitted class of the Quadra Fleet Academy. Cormak, from Deva, only knows poison dust and is surviving through whatever means necessary. Arran, from Chetire, is an awkward genius from a frozen planet. Vesper, from Tri, is the daughter of an Admiral who she’s never able to please. Orelia, a spy, whose mission is one that could cost her her life no matter the outcome. Throughout this story, the four learn to work together, set aside differences, learn who they can trust, and decide for themselves who they’re willing to let into their lives.
One of my favorite things about this book is the change between the characters. Though the entire book is written in the third person, you can clearly see each character’s personality come through. You really get to understand why they are the way they are as you begin to learn their background about where they come from. The influences that they’ve had and the struggles that they’ve faced up to the point to their admittance into the Academy. I feel like Morgan wrote these characters extremely well. They’re all given extremely written arcs and each time the narrative changed, I simply wanted more. I had such a hard time putting it down.
I absolutely LOVED this story. Kass Morgan is such a great storyteller. I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book was full of characters that I hated to part with, scenes that were too precious to handle, plot twists that I completely wasn’t expecting, and a cliffhanger at the end that made me so angry that I need to know what happens next right now. This is one book that you don’t want to miss picking up. Light Years releases tomorrow, Oct. 9. I can’t wait for y’all to read it!