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TITLE: Light Years
AUTHOR: Kass Morgan
SERIES: Light Years #1
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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...
Light Years tells the story of how four strangers have to work together to achieve their dreams and save their world.
While reading Light Years, one of the first things that stood out to me is the diversity. In this sci-fi story, the four main characters, Cormak, Vesper, Arran, and Orelia, come from different places, cultures, and backgrounds. On the surface, they can’t be any more different, but deep down, they hold similar values.
They also had distinct personalities. After a few chapters, it was pretty easy for me to figure out who was narrating each chapter without looking at the chapter headings. That being said, I feel like some characters were more fleshed out than others, not only in their development and narration time but also in their backstories.
I really enjoyed reading about the dynamics between Cormak, Vesper, Arran, and Orelia. I just wish I could see more of their relationships develop. I felt like there was this weird time jump, and suddenly they weren’t strangers to each other anymore.
The romance in Light Years was also lovely. The characters, for the most part, had excellent chemistry with one another, but it was so so obvious who was going to end up with who. There weren’t many surprises in the romance department which I found a bit… uninteresting?
Speaking of surprises, I liked the thriller bits the story provides. But they too were a bit predictable. That doesn’t mean there weren’t any great twists (that ending! gasp), but it wasn’t as exciting plot-wise as I thought it would be. Still, I devoured Lights Years so fast! I don’t think I could have flipped the pages any quicker!
And can I just say that I NEED THE SEQUEL! WHERE’S THE SEQUEL?! GIMME THE SEQUEL! The ending definitely took the story in a direction I didn’t expect. It also brings along so many questions I need to be answered.
I came here for the plot but stayed for the characters. Some twists were predictable, but others were mindblowing – I’m desperately and impatiently waiting for the sequel!