Light Years: Light Years #1 by Kass Morgan – publication date October 9th, 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – young adult, science fiction
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.
About the author: Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels.
My Review: LIGHT YEARS by Kass Morgan is a young adult science fiction novel that does not disappoint. This fast-paced read focuses on four students as they train at The Quatra Fleet Academy. An academy that trains the best young students to become officers in their military. Each planet has sent their best and brightest but because of a new policy that regards Settlers as second class citizens, many are not happy. Morgan creates a group of characters that are well-developed and each one brings something unique to the story. You will easily become invested in each of the characters. The political background blends beautifully with the storyline. While some of the elements were easy to predict it does not take away from the overall story. LIGHT YEARS ends with an unexpected cliffhanger that will leave you anxiously waiting for the second book in the Light Years Series. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**