Hardcover, 307 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
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?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. – Goodreads
My Opinion: This was interesting. I think that Amanda was my favorite character. She seemed like someone who had influence but didn’t know how much. Also, that she was willing to right a wrong that was committed, I admire that about her. I also really like Waverly. Kiernan seems to be someone who does’t necessarily understand what others are trying to say because he has always been in a position of power.
At first the plot reminded of Across the Universe and the other cover for this book is VERY similar to that of Across the Universe. However, as I continued to read the book, the book changed and it allowed me to move past the AtU and it became interesting. I really liked the dual point of view, from Kiernan and Waverly and we get to see the world and what is happening to each of them and how their worlds change. Something that really surprised me though was how the New Horizon treated them and how they did what they did. I have to admit though, Anne Mather wanted power and she got it, she is one smart woman. I wonder if she is going to still be in control in the second novel. She seemed like a very powerful character because of her manipulations. It sort of made me wonder whether you can trust anything she was telling the girls, especially about the history of the training, although it is highly probable that she was telling the truth about that.
I really liked Seth as a character as well, he was scared but was willing to step up and help and try to be in charge and keep cool especially when his father died, because of the actions of Kiernan.
Overall it was an interesting read and in the end one question kept popping into my mind, What would you do in space without any adults and only having controlled the space shuttle through simulation? Would you panic?
Overall: 4.5 out of 5