- Page Count: 369
- Release Date: February 2, 2016
- My Rating: 5 stars
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. Usually when I read action scenes I’m like “blah, blah, punch, whatever,” but every single scene in this book was perfectly executed and seriously needs to be a movie. It kind of reminded me of the tv show Firefly in a way with the renegade spaceship’s quirky crew and the reaver/daeva things on the outer fringe. Except then throw in some space pirates and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. There were so many moments where I laughed out loud!
Honestly, it’s just such a relief to find a YA book without all the unrealistic juvenile dialogue, instalove, or love triangles at this point. Realistic slow-burn romance (with healthy relationships) seems pretty hard to find for some reason. At the beginning I was all sorts of annoyed that the love interest seemed like he was going to turn out to be the typical asshole guy that permeates YA stories, but there was so much character growth.
Other things I loved: the female lead is capable, smart, resourceful, and just gets stuff done instead of whining about her life. The story is narrated through the POVs of both main characters, which gives everything way more depth. There wasn’t a ton of sci-fi stuff either… it was more just like a few ideas here and there so you didn’t forget they were in space. Otherwise it was more of an adventure story!
Also, a lot of elements reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles at times, which obviously makes it an instant favorite. For example, the female lead ends up helping out as a mechanic on a ship that reminded me a lot of The Rampion with Thorne’s crew. There are several other TLC aspects, too, but they’re kind of spoiler-ish.
I’m so excited for the sequel! The two characters I wished I could hear more from in this book were Kane and Cassia, so the next book about them is going to be awesome (and even more along the storylines of Cinder, Jacin, and Winter).