Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan [also wrote: Zen and Xander Undone]
Sky Chasers #1
pages: [hardcover] 307
favorite characters: sarah & samantha
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.
This book was so many things to me. Addictive, amazing, creepy, annoying. Sometimes I wanted to throw it all the wall, but only because I was so frustrated because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, haha. The book has several sections in it, each told from either Waverly or Kieran’s point of view, and they alternate. So if they leave you on a cliff-hanger for one section, you have a whole other person’s experience to get through before you can learn more. Frustrating. Yes. In a good way. Let’s move on.
The characters were a bit stale after a while, and I could see the little love triangle that was going on (despite the fact that the girls were separated pretty early on) but didn’t really like either of the guys. Which stinks for Waverly, because it’s not like there are many options for her. There are only so many boys on the ship near her age, and they’re the only humans up in space. Not like she can meet any new people.
Which leads me to the creepy side. Of course, I read Across the Universe and that has the same basic concept. Dead Earth. People sent into space. Last hope. Blah blah. But that didn’t induce the same mental claustrophobia this gave me-which may sound very worrisome, but I suppose it was a good thing?-and no one was getting stolen so other people could have babies. Ew. Ewwww. Creepy.
Anyway. The plot was well-played and interesting, keeping a bit of mystery, a lot of suspense, and tons of action in there. I always get worried that monotonous settings like this will get boring, but in this case, it worked out well. The conspiracies, the little twist at the end, it all added together to make a good read. I’ll definitely be reading the next book, though I’m doubtful about how much I’ll like it after this one.
OUT OF THIS WORLD. (Ha.) 5/5 stars