Right guys before I begin I’ve had a fantastic idea for my review rating scale; I’m going to use the grades from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to rate the books I read. So let’s recap:
- Outstanding (O)
- Exceeds Expectations (E)
- Acceptable (A)
- Poor (P)
- Dreadful (D)
- Troll (T)
Now without further ado, my review for Light Years by Kass Morgan…
Author: Kass Morgan
Title: Light Years
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Overall Rating: Exceeds Expectations
I actually received an advanced reader copy in an Illumicrate box earlier in 2018 but later was lucky enough to get an e-ARC via NetGalley too! We all know how important a rating on NetGalley is. And because of this I must disclose that my thoughts and opinions in this blog post are entirely my own and free from any external influence.
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 was absolutely dying to read a Sci-Fi when I finally picked this book up and I’m so pleased that it didn’t disappoint at all, all I can really say is that I wanted more! I read this so quickly I’m pretty sure I’d finished it off in 48 hours. I was hooked from the first pages, the story flowed and kept the reader engaged expertly.
I loved each of the protagonists too – each for different reasons but they were all so realistic, had unique personalities with their own strengths, flaws, and dreams. I loved that some were so open about who they were compared with who they wanted to be, others were conflicted, and others simply hid everything they possibly could about themselves. I also loved the relationships displayed between our protagonists and secondary characters, some newly formed friendships and others which had already developed but which we were discovering for the first time. Both were done superbly and provided depth to the story which combined with an exciting storyline just made for a really entertaining read.
The pace was really excellent too, the nature of the training undertaken at the centre provides another, more light-hearted, layer of excitement and action with more sinister underlying storylines taking a backseat for the majority of the story until they both seamlessly come together for the book’s finale.
The writing style was perfect for the book, with the author adapting her style to each of the characters’ individual natures and painting a story that flowed perfectly. Light Years has the right balance of action, adventure, and scene/character development to keep readers engaged and give a well-rounded and entertaining narrative. This is definitely helped along by the multiple-point-of-view narrative which allows a more in-depth insight into the lives of these characters as well as providing alternative perspectives.
Overall I’m awarding this book an Exceeds Expectations for an entertaining read, with well-developed characters. It can be easy for fantasy/ sci-fi books to become cheesy but this was not in the slightest, the characters complement each other well and the reader really feels invested in the book. I can’t wait to see what else happens in this series, so thank you Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a copy of this, it has been one hell of a ride!