light years by kass morgan

“as self-important as it sounded to say aloud, they were making history. he just hoped he wouldn’t let anyone down.”

to save their solar system from devastation, the exclusive quatra fleet academy is finally accepting students from all four planets. vesper wants to prove she belongs, cormak wants to avenge his brother, arran wants to finally be a part of something, and orelia wants to save her people, no matter the consequences. told in alternating points of view, this is one sci-fi book you won’t be able to put down.

i’ve been burned before by the Queer Teens In Space™ genre, so i was a bit wary going into this book. luckily, i had nothing to worry about. light years was an amazing roller coaster of a book, and i can’t wait to read the second one.

i don’t even know where to start reviewing this book. everything was just so well done.

the writing was just SO GOOD. morgan managed to create four well-developed, well-fleshed out characters who all had distinct voices. usually when reading a ya book told from multiple perspectives, i find it hard to remember who’s speaking. not the case with light years. additionally, every character (including side and minor characters) was unique. i didn’t have trouble remembering who was who or how they related to the story.

most of the romance was well done. dash, arran’s love interest, was instantly loveable. i’m a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope, so vesper and cormak’s romance was highkey my favorite part of the book. even orelia and zafir, loath am i to admit it, had chemistry. however, i always find student-teacher relationships offputting. it doesn’t matter that orelia is technically 21, it doesn’t change the fact that zafir still thought she was 17 when they first kissed.

the worldbuilding was a bit sparse, but i didn’t mind. information about the universe morgan had created was on a need-to-know basis. it felt like she assumed we knew things about the universe already and didn’t feel the need to info-dump, which i actually really enjoyed.

in conclusion:

team work makes the dream work.

what did you think of the book? let me know if you plan to pick this one up or your thoughts on the book or the review!

love, rae ☀☀☀

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