Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Series: Sky Chasers #1
The Other Books: Spark
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?The cover is simple, but the O around the girl is quite stunning. To me, it looks like she’s trapped.
Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.
"Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well on our sister ship, the New Horizon. Though their scientists work very hard, the women aboard the New Horizon never got pregnant."
I read a lot of dystopian novels so, naturally, I thought I would give science fiction a try. I did read other science fiction novels but this one was just amazing. Even though it’s on a spaceship, and they are in outer space, I felt like I was with them. It feels weird but it happens sometimes with really good books. I am now going to have to read Across the Universe real soon.
There were two ships that were made to travel to a new Earth and reproduce. Two ships built exactly the same. The only difference, that Empyrean was aware of, the New Horizon was more religious than its twin. But it turns out this isn’t the only thing that is different. The New Horizon is having problems reproducing children. Without children, they don’t have a future. So, they ask for help. When Empyrean declines, New Horizon attacks them and steals all the girls.
Waverly is one of the girls that have been kidnapped. She doesn’t believe in the lies that New Horizon is telling the girls. Waverly, and a few other older girls, know Anna Marth isn’t telling the truths about Empyrean being destroyed. They are being watched constantly, and Anna Marth wants Waverly to lie to the other girls. Waverly believes that the parents from the ship are coming for them. While she waits, she tries to come up with a plan to escape.
I really enjoyed Kieran’s parts more than Waverly’s. I wish I had Kieran’s strength to go on after the disaster that struck their ship. Most of the boys doubted his leadership, and at times, even Kieran doubted he would be able to lead them. To have all their parents gone, it seemed like there was no hope for any of the kids. After Seth convinces the boys that Kieran has made too many mistakes to lead the boys, Kieran is locked away in a brig. Kieran knows that they need leadership, but he knows Seth can’t lead these boys.
All in all, this was a great science fiction book. The pacing was a little fast, but I think that’s what made it exciting. I really connected with the characters, especially Kieran. There were some points where I wanted to slap Anna Marth and Seth. And the ending was kind of depressing, but good, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Also, before you read this book, take note that there are religious parts that are tied into the plot. Amy shows the good side and bad side of the religion. I am not the most religious person, so it didn’t really bother me.
I am so glad there is a sequel because I did not want to leave Empyrean and Waverly, Kieran, and Seth behind. Sequel is titled Spark is set to release out on July 17, 2012. Check out the cover and details |HERE|.