Light Years
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...

Light Years Details

TitleLight Years
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780316510448
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult

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  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    5 Words: TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.Ahem.Actual 5 Words: Friendship, secrets, prejudice, subterfuge, space.Review to come, this isn't out until October, I got a review copy in my May Illumicrate box.BUT Light Years is excellent so go pre-order it. I just can't believe I have to wait so long for the next book.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    ↠ 4 starsWhen I got an arc of this in an Illumicate box, I 100% looked at the cover and wasn’t all that sure about it; I’m not that fond of cover models or faces on books. However, when I picked it up, I discovered it was a really addictive book with good characters and an interesting storyline. To be sure, it’s nothing super original or overly special, but it is pretty fun and seemed to be exactly what I wanted to read.Perfect for fans of Illuminae or Across The Universe, Light Years centres ar ↠ 4 starsWhen I got an arc of this in an Illumicate box, I 100% looked at the cover and wasn’t all that sure about it; I’m not that fond of cover models or faces on books. However, when I picked it up, I discovered it was a really addictive book with good characters and an interesting storyline. To be sure, it’s nothing super original or overly special, but it is pretty fun and seemed to be exactly what I wanted to read.Perfect for fans of Illuminae or Across The Universe, Light Years centres around 4 narrative characters from different planets across the galaxy who all end up in an elite space academy for future members of space flight crews. The four planets that the main characters are from are interesting enough for them to take form in the imagination, though only Deva really gets any significant worldbuilding.Now, the four central characters:Cormak: a boy from a toxic planet called Deva, who takes his dead older brother’s place in the Quatra Fleet Academy.Vesper: the privileged daughter of one of the Quatra Fleet’s elite commanders, who’s struggling to live up to her mother’s brilliance.Arran: a ridiculously smart boy from the icy planet of Chetire.Orelia: a girl from the planet of Loos (or so but who’s hiding a much darker secret.I actually don’t have a favourite character, as I liked all of them equally. Each of them has their own unique story, therefore making each enjoyable as none of them have content that’s crossed over and taken from the other character’s chapters.There were some really well-conceptualised secondary characters too! I thought Dash, Arran’s love interest, was really sweet; I also really liked Zafir. Also, kudos to Kass Morgan for including a plethora of diversity in really natural ways – there was a LGBTQ+ relationship, a character with a prosthetic leg, and a lot of racial diversity.This book isn’t also as long as you’d think, and doesn’t have as many central plot “beats” as a reader might expect from a 360-page book. With four characters, each with their own narrative story, not as much happens as it could, but I enjoyed this as it mean it wasn’t overwhelming, nor did I get bored. It is a book that goes by surprisingly quickly.Really, the only thing I can criticise is the mystique surrounding the villains – but then, that’s to be expected, isn’t? I expect more reveals will come about in the sequel, so I can’t really pick a fight with it.TL;DR: An easy, really enjoyable read for fans of Illuminae or any fan of space opera / the school setting. This review is also available on my blog, faerieontheshelf.wordpress.com
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review as a lbyrpartner**4 - 4.5 stars.This was a super quick book to get through but the individual story lines mixed with the overall story were damn good. I cannot wait to read what happens next!FRTC.---------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...This is going to be another tough review to write as I greatly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the setting, the characters, the plot, the twists, the turns, all of it. I am **I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review as a lbyrpartner**4 - 4.5 stars.This was a super quick book to get through but the individual story lines mixed with the overall story were damn good. I cannot wait to read what happens next!FRTC.---------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...This is going to be another tough review to write as I greatly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the setting, the characters, the plot, the twists, the turns, all of it. I am only upset about how long I have to wait to find out what happens.Short recap: The Quatra Fleet Academy is doing something it has never done before – it is opening its doors to students from outer planets of the Quatra Federation to enroll. This means they will have the chance to be a part of their military, if their squad passes all of their courses and missions. Not everyone is keen to this idea of Settlers (what people from the outer planets are referred to as) having the same opportunity so mysterious (and bad) things start to happen. Four students from different backgrounds are assigned to the same squad will come up against unimaginable tests and challenges. Will it be enough to make their bond stronger? Can things work out for the Settlers in the Academy?The way the story focused on four students was brilliantly done. They all had their own unique voice while blending together as a squad in a way that felt effortless. Cormack has had a very rough life. He came from a very poor settlement and had just suffered losing his brother, his only family. Desperate to get off of his planet that is full of toxic gas, he takes his brother’s place at the Academy. Vesper was the daughter of a very well known and respected high-ranking military officer. She is also a spoiled little rich girl that things higher of herself and lower of others. She only got into the Academy because her mother pulled strings, but it is up to Vesper to prove she belongs there. Arran was whip smart, brilliant to the point of being a genius, but very shy and reserved. His acceptance meant a better life for his mom. Orelia claimed to be from a well to do planet but that is not the truth. She was actually a spy for the Specters, a very well known enemy of Quatra Federation. The Specters want nothing more than to wipe the Federation out, and with Orelia hidden within the student population, they just might be able to do it.Do you see how beautifully complex these individual stories are?! They all have their own secrets and inner tribulations they are trying desperately to hide, all while doing everything within their power to prove they are better than the station they were born into. I do have my favorite characters but I’m not giving them away here. There were twists and turns I never saw coming, though I should have. This was a fast-paced, edge of my seat thrilling adventure. I know that phrase may get thrown around a lot but it really holds true for this story. I tore through the pages and had this story devoured in two days.One part of the story that I do hope is expanded upon in the next book is the reason for all of the ongoing wars within this universe. Nearly every planet is at war or has been attacked for some reason or another. I’d like to know more about the political thoughts behind that. That was the only underdeveloped part of the entire story but I really do believe it will be explained more in the second book.I really do hope that this book is on your TBR because I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all. This was so much better than I expected and I had high hopes. If you are a fan of The Illuminae Files, then I say you need to give this a chance.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    wHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK??? things I am willing to give away: - my soul- misc. teeth- my first through 80th born childrenoh why is it not September yet???
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers (The NOVL) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.rating: 4 / 5To be honest with you, I probably would not have picked up Light Years if I had not been sent a copy but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. So a huge shoutout to the folks over at The NOVL for knowing my book tastes more than I do.— writingSuper fast paced and easy to read. However, I felt it was a tad bit rushed An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers (The NOVL) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.rating: 4 / 5To be honest with you, I probably would not have picked up Light Years if I had not been sent a copy but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. So a huge shoutout to the folks over at The NOVL for knowing my book tastes more than I do.— writingSuper fast paced and easy to read. However, I felt it was a tad bit rushed at times. This book had multiple points of view, which I may not be overly fond of, but in this book they were easily distinguishable and I found it quite refreshing to read from different perspectives.— world buildingI found it super cool that this book was set in a military (high school) academy in space. Kass does a fantastic job describing everything!— charactersWell developed and unique. I loved that I got to learn about each character and their lives while reading from the points of view. The characters were so relatable and I really liked it. They had the flaws and that just made it so believable and that just clicked for me.— plotSuper fun! A mix of unpredictable and predictable at the same time. This made it a super fun plot because I never knew what to expect. It was a bit of a sci-fi contemporary YA book, something I’ve never read before but really enjoyed. AND ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THAT CLIFFIE AT THE END HAS KILLED ME
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I never read The 100, so this was my first experience with this author's writing. I was not let down! Each of her characters (there are 4 main POVs) are well-developed and bring something special to the story. I felt fully invested in each of their lives, which is hard to do with so many main characters.This background for this story is innately political, and I like how this thread was woven throughout the story in big ways. A few elements were definitely predictable, but it didn't make it any I never read The 100, so this was my first experience with this author's writing. I was not let down! Each of her characters (there are 4 main POVs) are well-developed and bring something special to the story. I felt fully invested in each of their lives, which is hard to do with so many main characters.This background for this story is innately political, and I like how this thread was woven throughout the story in big ways. A few elements were definitely predictable, but it didn't make it any less enjoyable. Plus, I can't wait to see how things unfold in book two. Cuz yeah, major cliffhanger alert!
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  • Imke
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in the Illumicrate book box.3.5 stars, I like the story and it became better towards the end of the book. It is a highschool story set in space. Not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it. Might read the second book, because this one does end on a cliff-hanger.
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  • Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you! I really struggled a lot with rating this one. On one hand, we had bland writing and minimal world-building. But on the other, we had a plotline which ended up being surprisingly gripping.The planets of Deva and Chetire are poisonous hellholes, where only the poorest – known as Settlers – live. Meanwhile, Tri is where the real cream of society live, and only Tridians have been permitted into the elite Quatra Fleet Academy – until now. T ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you! I really struggled a lot with rating this one. On one hand, we had bland writing and minimal world-building. But on the other, we had a plotline which ended up being surprisingly gripping.The planets of Deva and Chetire are poisonous hellholes, where only the poorest – known as Settlers – live. Meanwhile, Tri is where the real cream of society live, and only Tridians have been permitted into the elite Quatra Fleet Academy – until now. The first crop of non-Tridians is arriving to be trained in battle against mysterious enemies known as Spectres.Cormak has been told his whole life that he’s a good-for-nothing criminal. His older brother Rex was the only one who believed in him – but Rex is gone, having died in a mining accident just days before he was scheduled to be one of the first non-Tridian cadets accepted at the Academy. Cormak knows that if his planet Deva’s poisonous atmosphere doesn’t kill him, a run-in with the law during his water smuggling will. So he fulfils Rex’s last request and takes his place at the Academy.Arran‘s life hasn’t been much more pleasant than Cormak’s. Also not one of the aristocratic Tridians, he’s from the planet of Chetire instead. Although he’s desperately lonely, he knows too well what it’s like to face the contempt of your peers. So he can’t believe it when he ends up falling for Dash, who’s not merely a Tridian but also the son of one of the foremost anti-Settler politicians.Vesper is a Tridian, and not just any – her mother is the director of the entire Academy. Which just makes everything doubly hard for her, because she knows she has to prove herself as a gifted cadet to win her mother’s love. Admiral Haze had to pull a bunch of strings just to get her daughter into the Academy in the first place, so things aren’t off to a great start. But Vesper is determined to make her mother proud.Orelia isn’t a Tridian, but she isn’t a Settler either… she’s a Spectre, who’s infiltrated the Academy on a mission to supply information – such as the Academy’s secret coordinates – back home. But as her classmates become more human to her, she struggles with her task. One of her instructors in particular is coming to mean rather a lot to her.Light Years is told in third-person POV from these four characters. Up until around 40% in, their mental voices blurred together and it was very difficult to see them as distinct people. The fact that Morgan is light on description doesn’t help. I have no idea what most of them look like (except that Cormak is handsome because nearly every girl in the Academy wants to get with him) and this kind of blandness made it hard to visualise the story sometimes.The worldbuilding is also not great. There’s absolutely zero information on Spectres – and yes, while it’s said that’s because the Tridians themselves know nothing about Spectres, I didn’t expect the dearth of information to remain in Orelia’s POV. She’s an actual Spectre herself! So why didn’t Morgan let us learn more about them through her?We also have no idea why Orelia, out of all people, was chosen to be the spy, or how she got in, or in fact anything. I’m hoping that this will be rectified in the sequel. But even the history of Settlers and things like that were kept a lot briefer than I’d have liked. It felt like we’d go ages without any information and then suddenly get an infodump.I also felt seriously cheated when it came to Vesper’s character. For the whole book, Morgan sets her out as driven, determined and strong-willed; how quickly she forgives Cormak for his betrayal was simply not in keeping with that, and I’m very disappointed.With that said, however, I tore through this book.Yeah, I’m still not sure why either. But once the characters had resolved themselves into individual people for me, I enjoyed it a lot more. The storyline was pretty interesting; it’s essentially these four trying to navigate their first-year cadet trials, while facing their own issues. For Cormak, it’s his stress over impersonating Rex; Arran struggles with his relationship with Dax; Vesper is involved in a similar struggle with her mother, and meanwhile Orelia was sent there to kill them all.I’m told that Morgan is also the author of The 100, which is now a super-popular TV show. I’m totally clueless on that, but I can say that Light Years doesn’t suffer from the problem Mirage had of not even feeling like it was set in space. In fact, this book reminded me very strongly of Maura Milan’s Ignite the Stars.I will be reading the sequel, particularly after the way this one ended, but I hope we get a lot more information next time.[Blog] - [Bookstagram]
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I think!This was a fun, quick read. It is from several character’s POV and I def connected more to some than others. Each character was interesting though. I am curious to read the sequel!! I really like the set up at the end of this one. I guess my biggest issue was that some things felt a tad rushed.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I still can't stand cover models for the most part, but on the plus side, I like the diversity I am seeing on the cover.
  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from TheNovl/Little Brown Young Readers. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Publication Date: October 8th, 2018Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 15+ (slightly sexual scenes, romance, violence, death, terrorist  activities and threats)Pages: 374Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: 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 exclu Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from TheNovl/Little Brown Young Readers. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 5/5Publication Date: October 8th, 2018Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 15+ (slightly sexual scenes, romance, violence, death, terrorist  activities and threats)Pages: 374Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: 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... Oh. My. God. That's what I have to say about this brand new series from the amazing Kass Morgan. She's an absolute powerhouse when it comes to impactful and remember-able sci-fis and she's created yet another series in which I want to be apart of (and that I can see a TV series for hint hint TV producers out there). The writing was fantastic, it just pulls you into this amazing plot and the characters are super well developed. I'd probably say this series is better than her 100 series. I also loved the LGBT+ characters and the diversity of them as well. I feel like if you liked Ender's Game, then you would love this book. The book also feels realistic. One of the first things you learn about this book is that the this is the first year other planets/cultures are allowed to enter this prestigious academy. This is very true to history and even modern time (and unfortunately, the oppression of one or many groups by one dominant group will never completely die). While it broke my heart to read about the oppression of these other planets, it added a realistic feel to the book.The only concern I had about the book was that I felt the relationship one of the characters has with her teacher feels a bit weird and can be concerning for younger readers to see considering that there are teachers out there who prey on young children. Other than that slight concern, I felt the book was completely fantastic and well paced. It'll definitely be a hit when it comes out!Verdict: I smell a TV series in the making!
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. 
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  • Michaela's Journey into Books
    January 1, 1970
    *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*This was a really addictive read and I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to.This novel is set in the Quatra fleet Academy which, due to the impeding danger of attack from the Spectres, are opening their doors to all planets within the Quatra Federation. However, not everyone is happy with this arrangement. In order to stay at the academy the cadets must prove their worth by *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*This was a really addictive read and I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to.This novel is set in the Quatra fleet Academy which, due to the impeding danger of attack from the Spectres, are opening their doors to all planets within the Quatra Federation. However, not everyone is happy with this arrangement. In order to stay at the academy the cadets must prove their worth by partaking in weekly stimulation tournaments and at the end of the year the winning team will immediately be accepted into year 2. This is a multiply POV novel that has four main characters who are all put together to create Squadron 20.Cormack - Who is from the planet of Deva and is taking his dead brother's place in the academy as this is his last change to get away from his life on Deva. He is the Captain of the Squadron.Vesper - Who is from Tridian and is the daughter of the esteemed Admiral Haze and is therefore under a lot of pressure to live up to her mother's reputation especially when she is granted the position of pilot instead of captain. Arran - Who is from Chetire and took entry exams to the academy in order to avoid a life working in the mines of Chetire. He also achieved the highest score on the exam for his planet.Orelia - Who is a spectre spy who has been tasked with a mission to help bring down the Quatra fleet. I really enjoyed reading of all of these POVs but Arran was definitely my favourite. I also enjoyed the romance in this as we have a m/m romance and the enemies to lovers trope is going strong.I absolutely adore novels with school settings and this one does not disappoint. I have never read a sci-fi book with a school setting before but I'm all for it and am looking forward to seeing more of it in the next book.Overall, this was a really enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to how the story progresses in the next novel. I gave it four out of five stars.
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  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an early copy to read and review* I’m sad to say that I'm glad this book is over, and not in any kind of good way. This was definitely not the worst book I've ever read but sadly it wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away. I really loved the concept and the sort of boarding school setting and it sounded amazing from the synopsis but it just didn't do it for me.I felt like this story and plot was just not exciting and there seemed to be so little conflict *Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an early copy to read and review* I’m sad to say that I'm glad this book is over, and not in any kind of good way. This was definitely not the worst book I've ever read but sadly it wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away. I really loved the concept and the sort of boarding school setting and it sounded amazing from the synopsis but it just didn't do it for me.I felt like this story and plot was just not exciting and there seemed to be so little conflict. I was sitting and reading and expecting something huge and exciting to happen throughout this entire book but nothing really did until the last 60 pages or so and that conflict lasted like, a chapter? We are left on a cliff hanger but by that point I just didn't care. I was never anticipating picking this book up when I put it down at the end of each reading session. It was mostly your basic day to day life of school and your typical high school drama.Despite not being totally gripped or in love with the plot I did really enjoy the world building. I thought it was pretty well established and I loved hearing about the different planets and learning more about the school. The whole concept of the school was really cool to me and I did enjoy getting to see the things they did and the classes they took and just how the school ran. Futuristic sci-fi is always fun in that aspect of seeing what the authors create and come up with and what life might be like in centuries to come. We also have a really great cast of diverse characters which is another thing this book had going for it. I think my favorite might be a toss up between Cormack and Arran but I really did like them all. While I didn't particularly love this book, I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with it and I know a lot of people would love it! It just wasn't my cup of tea, especially at the time of reading. I definitely would still recommend picking it up if the synopsis interests you!
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  • Demi Idle
    January 1, 1970
    Space Battle School is my favourite Si-Fi setting and I expected to enjoy this book.I did not read "The 100", but I watched it and was looking forward to a gripping plot with many dangers and unexpected developments.I have to hand it to the author - she does good premises and interesting characters.There is an underlying threat of a mysterious enemy with unknown motives and origin.There is an imperialistic unfair society where racism is ripe and the decadent ruling class has only now began to al Space Battle School is my favourite Si-Fi setting and I expected to enjoy this book.I did not read "The 100", but I watched it and was looking forward to a gripping plot with many dangers and unexpected developments.I have to hand it to the author - she does good premises and interesting characters.There is an underlying threat of a mysterious enemy with unknown motives and origin.There is an imperialistic unfair society where racism is ripe and the decadent ruling class has only now began to allow the brightest representatives of the oppressed population to apply for the prestigious elite military school, and two of those representatives are our main characters.There is a tournament within that school that will decide the future of all the cadets.There is a spy in their midst.And none of it delivers. As good as the author is at premises she falls flat on every other front.Her prose is bland and simplistic.There is no character development - all of them just jump through time to a new stage without anyactual growth shown on page.There is no feeling that the story is happening in space in a military facility. Besides a few made-up words and starry backgrounds behind the windows, there is absolutely nothing to separate it from another American High School soap, and not the best example of those either.Instead of a tense competition with high stakes shown in all the ups and downs we get the first and the last battle - all four pages of it. No clever twists, no imaginative solutions and close escapes, absolutely nothing exciting about it, with the predictable win totally unjustified.The kids in the book are supposed to be geniuses, but the author is clearly not one, and never met one either, it seems. There are quite a few science inaccuracies in the limited instances where any science or technology is even mentioned.But there are plenty of dresses, parties, posh foods and romances. Unfortunately, the romances are no better than other sub-plots. All three of them are abrupt, shallow and lacking that essence of first love.The only real space battle shown on page is so ridiculous it's not even worth mentioning. From that point on I lost any interest in the proceedings, especially because the last couple of chapters are clearly there to set up for the next book, not to bring any of the existing plot lines to any sort of conclusion.All in all it's a disappointment.
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  • Ricky
    January 1, 1970
    The second ARC of five which I traded for this month, and I'm very happy I managed to get my hands on it! One thing I've noticed with Kass Morgan is that she writes a better book each time - The 100 series being just such an example of this trend. I remember I gave the first book a three-star rating on my first read, but I reread it just after finishing the first season of the TV series and upgraded it to four on the second go. Then the second and third books got four stars right away, and the f The second ARC of five which I traded for this month, and I'm very happy I managed to get my hands on it! One thing I've noticed with Kass Morgan is that she writes a better book each time - The 100 series being just such an example of this trend. I remember I gave the first book a three-star rating on my first read, but I reread it just after finishing the first season of the TV series and upgraded it to four on the second go. Then the second and third books got four stars right away, and the fourth book, five.I have similar high hopes for Morgan's new series, which I'm really hoping for them to adapt on the CW next. Or Netflix. Or, even better, that this series and The 100 secretly take place in the same universe (no spoilers for the TV series, but my God, you need to watch all five seasons NOW if you haven't already.)Really, the only reason why I'm giving this one four stars is because of the sheer aggravation provoked by that cliffhanger. Or, more accurately, cliffhangers, plural. It wouldn't be Kass Morgan if we didn't have multi-POVs, and multi-cliffhangers to go with it. Including the very last page, which is downright Aveyardian like the original Aveyardian cliffhanger of Glass Sword and bloody hell I'm so mad!But over the course of these nearly 400 pages, Morgan gives us a gripping look at four people from different corners of this star system. All four main planets are represented in our four POV characters - except not really Loos, because Orelia's a spy sent from the system's ancient enemy, Sylvan. But we get a lot of perspective of the centralized nature of Tri - centralized, and privileged, looking down on those from Deva and Chetire because those planets are smaller and dirtier. Literally, in Deva's case, because that planet is as toxic as it gets. But all four POV characters are very well-developed - the aforementioned Orelia, a girl on a most important mission of infiltration; ambitious and driven Vesper; Cormak, who has to sneak into the Fleet Academy on his brother's ID; and Arran, who's tired of having never been kissed. (No prizes for guessing which one I relate to the most, and obviously it's the fellow queer guy.) Though there's not a great deal of physical description of the characters, just going by the cover models (I'm guessing it's Arran, Orelia, Cormak, and Vesper, clockwise from top left), they're a pretty visibly diverse lot all the same. (Also, am I wrong, or does Cormak bear a very strong resemblance to Ricky Whittle, aka Lincoln kom Trikru himself?)The setting of this book, as its GR synopsis implies, owes a lot to Ender's Game. It's set in a floating, rotating space station in a classified interstellar location ferpetesake. And Arran, in particular, reads a lot like Ender because he's smart but isolated and an easy target for bullies. Though I bet Orson Scott Card would resent one of his signature characters being compared to a gay guy, but whatever - I don't recommend Card's books at work, but this one, I most certainly will. Especially for anyone looking for an Ender's Game alternative because, like me, they just can't stomach Card's vile politics. Or anything in the vein of Brazil's very own 3% - there's no way that didn't influence Morgan on some level as she wrote this book.Still, though......that cliffhanger.Gorrammit, Kass Morgan.
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  • Samantha Lizzio
    January 1, 1970
    I haven’t read much sci-fi contemporary YA, but if the rest is anything like this, sign me up! For fans of the amazing Kass Morgan, this series will indulge your space romance dreams. Though that isn’t to say there’s a lack of action. The novel is sub plot-heavy as you read through the perspectives of four different characters. Each of these characters is fully-fleshed out and intricate. I found myself liking each one for both their flaws and successes. When a book has multiple characters I can I haven’t read much sci-fi contemporary YA, but if the rest is anything like this, sign me up! For fans of the amazing Kass Morgan, this series will indulge your space romance dreams. Though that isn’t to say there’s a lack of action. The novel is sub plot-heavy as you read through the perspectives of four different characters. Each of these characters is fully-fleshed out and intricate. I found myself liking each one for both their flaws and successes. When a book has multiple characters I can envision being friends with or can easily compare to my own self, I am hooked. Cannot wait for number two!! Such cliff-hangers and obvious danger ahead. ;)
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I received this advanced reading copy of 'Light Years' in my may Illumicrate box and I just wanted to say how much I loved it. I usually ready fantasy as opposed to SCIFI but was hooked at the 'boarding school in space description'. I loved all the different character perspectives and the characters themselves especially Dash and Arran. This book was so fantastic and refreshing in which it had me hooked from the first page. I just can't believe that I have to wait so long to read the next one ! I received this advanced reading copy of 'Light Years' in my may Illumicrate box and I just wanted to say how much I loved it. I usually ready fantasy as opposed to SCIFI but was hooked at the 'boarding school in space description'. I loved all the different character perspectives and the characters themselves especially Dash and Arran. This book was so fantastic and refreshing in which it had me hooked from the first page. I just can't believe that I have to wait so long to read the next one ! I think everyone needs to be part of the Quatra Fleet Academy!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Not just a space story, but a love story. Interesting characters, looking forward to the next one.
  • Kavanand (Reading for Two)
    January 1, 1970
    Light Years is a fun and fast-paced young adult sci-fi novel about students training at an elite military academy. The Quatra Fleet Academy trains the best young students to become officers in their military. This is the first year that the academy has opened their enrollment to students from the outer planets of the Quatra Federation, who are known as Settlers. Each planet has sent their best and brightest, but many from the main planet, Tri, are not happy about the new open policy and regard t Light Years is a fun and fast-paced young adult sci-fi novel about students training at an elite military academy. The Quatra Fleet Academy trains the best young students to become officers in their military. This is the first year that the academy has opened their enrollment to students from the outer planets of the Quatra Federation, who are known as Settlers. Each planet has sent their best and brightest, but many from the main planet, Tri, are not happy about the new open policy and regard the Settlers as second-class citizens.The story focuses on four students. Cormack is desperate to get off his deadly planet, so he takes his dead brother's identity and place at the academy. Vesper is a wealthy girl from Tri, whose mother is a high-rank military veteran who runs the academy. She's only there because her mother pulled strings, so she's desperate to prove herself. Arran grew up on another outer planet and lived a life of privation, but his acceptance to the academy has lifted his mother out of poverty. Orelia claims to be from the outer planet of Chetire, but she's actually a spy from the Federation's greatest enemies, the Specters. The Specters want to destroy the academy and wipe out the next generation of their enemies' military.Cormack and Vesper antagonize each other when Cormack is made the leader of their practice squadron, a role Vesper has been practicing for her whole life. Arran falls for a handsome Tridian, but wonders if his beloved can actually care about a Settler. Orelia has her mission, but living, studying, and working with her enemies makes her wonder if what she's doing is right.I liked all four of the characters, although I felt least connected to Cormack's narrative (he's a bit of cocky jerk). Vesper's desperation to prove herself to her mother makes her very relatable, and Arran is a cinnamon role who you just want to hug. He's very insecure, and is never sure whether his handsome Tridian actually cares about him. I like that Arran and his love interest Dash being gay is not an issue in their society. The main conflict in their relationship is that Dash's father is racist and doesn't approve of the Settlers being allowed to attend the academy.Orelia was the most interesting character to me. She's been trained her whole life to fight for her people, but having to live and study with her supposed enemies makes her see them as actual people and not just abstractions. She also learns that the Tridian view of her people isn't based in reality, and that what the people are told by their leaders may not be the truth (or maybe the Specter leaders are lying to their people?). I found the political aspects of the ongoing war to be potentially the most interesting part of the plot, but this part of the book was pretty underdeveloped and I wanted more. But this is the first book in a series, so I assume we'll get into more of the politics of the war in the next book.This was a fast-paced book, and I read it really quickly. I think fans of The Illuminae Files and The Starbound Trilogy will enjoy it.I received an ARC from Amazon Vine.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast paced, exciting read that once I started reading, I couldn't put down. With a great cast of characters and a unexpected ending, I cannot wait to see what comes next.When Quatra Fleet Academy finally begins admitting students from every planet in the solar system after an attack by a mysterious enemy called The Specters, four students, Tridian citizen Vesper who dreams of being a pilot, wisecracking captain Cormack, outsider Arran, and Orelia who is hiding a dark secret, from diff This was a fast paced, exciting read that once I started reading, I couldn't put down. With a great cast of characters and a unexpected ending, I cannot wait to see what comes next.When Quatra Fleet Academy finally begins admitting students from every planet in the solar system after an attack by a mysterious enemy called The Specters, four students, Tridian citizen Vesper who dreams of being a pilot, wisecracking captain Cormack, outsider Arran, and Orelia who is hiding a dark secret, from different upbringing must out their differences aside and team up to defeat the enemy.Light Years is written in third person and revolves around four students, Cormack, Vesper, Arran, and Orelia. All four characters brings a unique perspective and background to the story. Cormack, who takes his brother's place after he passes away, takes the opportunity to make a better life for himself than the one he was born into. Vesper, the daughter of a high ranking military official just wants to prove herself. Arran, my sweet cinnamon roll, just wants to find a place where he can be himself, and Orelia is a spy for the Spectors. All four characters grow through the story and we see them start to become themselves, but this is only the beginning. They still have a lot to learn and more to grow, but this is such a promising beginning. I related to some of the characters more than others but each character had something for everyone. I was fully invested in each of their lives.Previously, I had read Kass Morgan's The 100 series, so I was already familiar with her writing and knew what to expect. Kass Morgan's writing is detailed and gives enough without being overkill or too much, which made her world building that much more fun to read. We get a good sense of the world all four students come from, as well as a bit of their upbringing and their lives before coming to the academy. Although, I am a little more curious about Orelia's upbringing and would have liked to know more about the specters, but I'm sure that will come later in the next book.What I really liked was the plot. It wasn't just about the students in a space battle school competing with one another, the friendships and the mingling of different classes. There's also the looming war and the political aspect to it. Light Years has so much potential and then there's different ways that this could all go down. And with an ending like that? I was left at the edge of my seat needing to know what happens next.Overall, Light Years was a fast paced and exciting young adult sci-fi novel about four students from different backgrounds training at an elite academy. It had a grear cast of characters that you couldn't help but to root for and I cannot wait to see what else Kass Morgan has in store for the next book as well as for us.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    OOOO I really liked this.At first, I thought the multiple POV's would get annoying and too much for me, but I enjoyed each and every one of them. I think they were all nicely paced, but my favourites probably have to be Cormack/Arran. Followed then by Orelia and Vesper. I liked the cast of all the characters - the mix of different planets and social classes they came from made it very interesting to see them interact, connect, and grow with each other.The world building was pretty decent in this OOOO I really liked this.At first, I thought the multiple POV's would get annoying and too much for me, but I enjoyed each and every one of them. I think they were all nicely paced, but my favourites probably have to be Cormack/Arran. Followed then by Orelia and Vesper. I liked the cast of all the characters - the mix of different planets and social classes they came from made it very interesting to see them interact, connect, and grow with each other.The world building was pretty decent in this too. Usually I find in Sci-Fi's that they info-dump and I find it hard to keep track, but this one was fairly easy to understand. I might not remember all the names of the planets etc . . . or if Earth was ever a thing in this one . . . but I appreciated that it wasn't that complicated. People settled on different planets: the rich rip off and use the poor. There's discrimination between the social classes, etc, etc.I loved the whole crew dynamic with their banter and encouragement with each other, but also the conflict and the weariness. It was just really nice to read and watch them develop. OH MY GOD THE ENDING!! I was for sure the ending was going to go a certain way and I was like 85% right. But I am H Y P E D. I'd very much appreciate having a book two to read right about now. So yes, I did really enjoy this one. I read it all in one day because I liked the characters, the plot, and the writing. It was just very quick and easy to flick through - before I knew it I was 63% in and it felt like I'd only just started reading. I appreciated that. I can imagine that if I wasn't in the mood for something like this then I might find it a bit more slower-paced, not a lot happening in plot wise for a while, but eh. I just found it enjoyable.CW, particularly Jason Rothenberg, keep your hands off this. I will not allow you to screw up another one of my ships.I am expecting a lot from book two!!3 (or maybe 4) stars! Thank you Netgalley/Hodder & Stoughton for giving me this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. You rock.
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  • Odette Knappers
    January 1, 1970
    De serie van De 100 vond ik geweldig, die heb ik echt in een weekend uitgelezen. Twee jaar geleden als BlossomBooks ambassadeur hadden ze een preview van dit boek, en toen was ik meteen enthousiast. Twee jaar later en het is er eindelijk bijna, en ik mocht het vooruit lezen. Altijd een eer en superleuk!Helaas waren mijn verwachtingen denk ik iets te hoog van dit boek. Voor mijn gevoel zat er vrij weinig actie in, hoewel dat tegen het einde van het boek wel meer werd dus dat ging ik wel leuk vind De serie van De 100 vond ik geweldig, die heb ik echt in een weekend uitgelezen. Twee jaar geleden als BlossomBooks ambassadeur hadden ze een preview van dit boek, en toen was ik meteen enthousiast. Twee jaar later en het is er eindelijk bijna, en ik mocht het vooruit lezen. Altijd een eer en superleuk!Helaas waren mijn verwachtingen denk ik iets te hoog van dit boek. Voor mijn gevoel zat er vrij weinig actie in, hoewel dat tegen het einde van het boek wel meer werd dus dat ging ik wel leuk vinden. Dat er in het begin veel in een simulator wordt gedaan en niet in het echt is eigenlijk ook wel logisch en realistisch, dus ergens ook wel fijn. Maar toch miste ik actie in het grootste deel van dit boek.Wat er dan wel weer meer dan genoeg inzat was romantiek. En laat dat nou net iets zijn dat van mij niet in zulke mate in YA scifi hoeft te zitten... Liever wat meer actie op scifi gebied dan op romantisch gebied in zo'n boek ;)Deze combinatie maakt dat dit in mijn ogen meer een meidenboek is dan een boek voor jongens en meiden, en dat vind ik jammer. Er is zoveel YA met romantiek erin, er is zo weinig YA geschikt voor jongens. Terwijl daar wel echt vraag naar is merken we bij ons in de winkel. Een nieuwe scifi van deze auteur had ik dus hoog zitten qua verwachtingen voor jongens ook, en dat viel me dus helaas tegen.Maar het is zeker een goed boek. Er zit goed veel diversiteit in, qua afkomst en geaardheid en allerlei representatie die je er in wilt hebben. Leuke karakterontwikkelingen ook, je ziet de personages echt wel groeien gedurende het boek. En de scifi elementen voegen ook echt iets toe aan het verhaal en aan het plot.Maar die cliffhanger aan het einde... Ik wil NU deel 2! Zeker omdat er een leercurve qua capaciteiten bij de personages zit en er aan het einde meer actie zat, voelt dit boek als een veelbelovend begin van een hele goede serie - die hopelijk in deel 2 op volle hypersnelheid gaat zijn :)
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  • Lulai
    January 1, 1970
    I did not succumb to the phenomenon of The 100 event with the TV show, but I wanted to find out what the author could do outside of this saga.For the universe, I think we are in something very classical for the genre, a group of planets has been colonized by humans, the mother planet is very rich and the others live in poverty especially since their resources are exhausted. This planetary system is in conflict with another planet and an armada of ships allows it to defend itself. To control thes I did not succumb to the phenomenon of The 100 event with the TV show, but I wanted to find out what the author could do outside of this saga.For the universe, I think we are in something very classical for the genre, a group of planets has been colonized by humans, the mother planet is very rich and the others live in poverty especially since their resources are exhausted. This planetary system is in conflict with another planet and an armada of ships allows it to defend itself. To control these ships, it takes humans, and the future members of the armada must go through the fleet school. The story happens in this school, again a context a little classical, I had read this year 2-3 novels with the same starting point. However, I do not associate classic with bad things especially when it is well done and here it is rather the case.The book is going to follow 4 characters, Vesper who lives on the richest planet and who is a privileged one, Cormack comes from a toxic planet, the fleet will allow him to get out of it, Arran also comes from a tough planet and finally Orelia is an enemy, since she comes from the planet in conflict with the planetary system belonging to the fleet. I really liked these 4 characters, I found them very complementary and well built. Their multiple points of view allow the reader to have a global vision on the universe, present inequalities and denounce several things. It's nice to have characters as well built as them, because for once I do not have a preference and I've enjoyed them all.For the plot of the book, I think the novel is not going to surprise you a lot, the book takes many codes and we quickly guess the outline of the story. However, I still found the story entertaining, I know that I remain good public in view of the number of books I read every year, but I think that if you want a novel very original novel this book is not for you otherwise you will appreciate it like me.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsLIGHT YEARS was a very entertaining sci-fi set at a school for upcoming military officers in a solar system. I absolutely adore books set in schools, and I loved this element in LY! In LIGHT YEARS, we get four characters' perspectives, and each character has different things at stake. I really enjoyed seeing each of these characters' points of view. Their voices were distinct and they all came from different backgrounds. I thought the banter and relationship between the characters, when 3.5 starsLIGHT YEARS was a very entertaining sci-fi set at a school for upcoming military officers in a solar system. I absolutely adore books set in schools, and I loved this element in LY! In LIGHT YEARS, we get four characters' perspectives, and each character has different things at stake. I really enjoyed seeing each of these characters' points of view. Their voices were distinct and they all came from different backgrounds. I thought the banter and relationship between the characters, when we got to see them together, was realistic and enjoyable.One part of the story that could have been improved upon was the teamwork between our main characters. Because they are on a team, their job at the academy is to participate in simulations and complete different tasks for a grade. I felt that there weren't enough situations where we got this teamwork. Most of the story was the characters leading their own lives, instead of doing work at school. The simulations we did get to see were written very well, but there just weren't enough of them. When I read the synopsis for this story, I was expecting lots of action and adventure, and in the end, I was disappointed with that part.One thing I thought was overdone was the drama element. For me, this book had too much drama for a sci-fi set in a military school. I almost felt like I was in an episode of Gossip Girl. Again, we lacked in the action department, but we had an overload of relationship drama, the occasional back-stabbing, etc. I didn't expect this part of the story to be so present, and that did lower my enjoyment of the story. Overall, LIGHT YEARS was a quick, easy-to-read sci-fi with wonderful characters and a fun atmosphere (pun intended). I would recommend it to absolutely anyone, whether you're a huge sci-fi fan or not.
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  • Jen T
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 / 5 *'s**I want to thank The NOVL for sending me a copy for an honest review!**Let me start by saying that this was a very quick read! Morgan has created a very interesting, futuristic world where we get to watch a Fleet Academy that is opening up it’s doors for cadets from other planets. Light Years is a multi-perspective book that will have you get invested in each one of the characters as you go along.Overall, I enjoyed how the book is easily paced but I would have liked to see more devel 3.5 / 5 *'s**I want to thank The NOVL for sending me a copy for an honest review!**Let me start by saying that this was a very quick read! Morgan has created a very interesting, futuristic world where we get to watch a Fleet Academy that is opening up it’s doors for cadets from other planets. Light Years is a multi-perspective book that will have you get invested in each one of the characters as you go along.Overall, I enjoyed how the book is easily paced but I would have liked to see more development in the characters and the plot. It ends on a cliffhanger so I hope that there will be more detailing and world building in the next book.Full review at: https://abookishpeach.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    January 1, 1970
    See this review and more on Books and Ladders!Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of Indigo Teen and chose to read and review it. This in no way impacts my opinion. Actual Rating: 4.5*This was such a good intro to this series! What a cliffhanger ending though. I would have liked more of the training in this one, actually. But I really really liked it.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect for fans of Illuminae Files! I have never read any books by Kass Morgan so I was excited to read this. I usually don't like books with different POVs but the author did it on a way that was easy to transition from one character to the next. Their personalities were also very different so it did not feel like you were reading about the same person. I enjoyed this book a lot and even if you don't normally like Sci-Fi type books, I think you'll like this!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Ahh this was so good. I can’t believe I’ll have to wait so long for the next one, especially with how this one ended. Each character was very well-written, and unique to the point they added they’re own piece to the overall story. Arran is my favorite by far, but usually when I read a multi POV book there’s a POV I don’t like and that was not the case here. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the story
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a treat! I devoured it from start to finish. I'm actually a little surprised by that, because I wasn't the biggest fan of Morgan's The 100 books. While this may not be the most original story ever, I really liked the characters and the setting, and it was very well-paced. It was kind of like reading a cute YA contemporary mixed with some sci-fi action. Now it's going to be such a long wait for the sequel...
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