Release Date: October 2015
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, YA
Page Count: 602
This book is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
I don’t really ‘do’ Sci-Fi – I think The Martian by Andy Weir may be the only other book I’ve read set in space and I don’t watch many films set in the genre either, but I definitely need more of this! It’s so unique, and the way it’s laid out really added to the immersion for me.
“Am I not merciful?”
Set in the year 2575, the book begins when Kady and Ezra’s planet is invaded. Through various documents we follow their story on board the spacecrafts they’ve fled on – fleeing their pursuers while also trying to stay alive while a virus rages through the population on-board, and the AI that’s meant to be protecting them may not be doing such a good job of that. (This is in the blurb on Goodreads, so I’m not counting it as spoilers).
Sure the characters aren’t overly filled out – there’s not a whole lot of depth there for me, something I do usually criticise for – but with how its laid out, reading from files, IM conversations, and the AI’s perspective, it would be weird if there was. It’d take away from it. We still get enough personality through to keep me contented. Kady is the fierce heroine of our tale with oodles of courage and determination. Ezra is the ‘pretty-boy’ ex-boyfriend who loves to make quippy remarks. I think the AI is maybe my favourite – I loved the pages through its perspective so much!
“He presses the triggers. And like roses in his hands, death blooms.”
The book is beautifully written, both in the writing itself and how it makes it to the page. I could not put it down at all – I just needed to read more. I cannot recommend it enough!
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