Title: Light Years
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher Info / Release: Little, Brown for Young Readers | October 9, 2018
Source: ARC from NOVL
Rating: 3.5 / 5 *’s
Ender’s Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Timesbestselling author Kass Morgan.
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 if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy–and they might even fall in love in the process.
Light Years is the first book in a thrilling and romantic new sci-fi series from the bestselling author of The 100.
Let me start by saying that this was a very quick read! Morgan has created a very interesting, futuristic world where we get to watch a Fleet Academy that is opening up it’s doors for cadets from other planets. Light Years is a multi-perspective book that will have you get invested in each one of the characters as you go along.
This book is centered around four major characters / POV’s: Cormak, Vesper, Arran and Orelia. Morgan creates a group that are both equally unique and diverse which makes the story a bit more interesting to read because they are all facing their own battles. I typically enjoy stories with multiple points of view because it helps create a bigger picture when it comes to the plot.
Overall, I enjoyed how the book is easily paced but I would have liked to see more development in the characters and the plot. It ends on a cliffhanger so I hope that there will be more detailing and world building in the next book.
I always enjoy futuristic books because it’s interesting to try and visualize what the authors think the world could possibly be like. I’ve read The 100 and I really enjoy Morgan’s love for sci-fi YA storylines.