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Light years
2018
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Ender's Game meets The 100 as hidden secrets and forbidden love collide at an interstellar military boarding school in a new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team if they want to defend their world from a cunning enemy--and they might even fall in love in the process.<br> <br> Light Years is the first book in a thrilling and romantic new sci-fi series from the bestselling author of The 100 .<br>
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Only the best and brightest enter the prestigious Quatra Fleet Academy to be honed into a well-oiled, military machine. Because the threat from the enemy fleet is so great, the academy has opened its enrollment to include candidates from outlying colonial planets. These "Edgers" are not welcomed with open arms, and there are open acts of hatred against the new recruits. Cormak is posing as his brother Rex, who was killed in a mining accident after applying to the academy. Vesper, whose high-ranked mother has pulled strings to help grease her admission, is devastated when her scores merely place her as pilot rather than captain. Meanwhile, Arran is smitten with the appropriately named Dash, whose commander father has been quite forthright in his disapproval of including colony residents at the academy. To top it off, Orelia is a spy who has managed to infiltrate the academy to send back its coordinates to the approaching enemy. The shifting among characters, although cumbersome at first, becomes manageable over the course of this phenomenal series opener. The cast is well drawn, there are several romantic interests established, and the backstories are elaborate. Many readers will be itching for more when they finish this long volume, which merely serves as an introduction to the books to come. VERDICT A must-purchase for fans of the author and science fiction/romance.-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Four teens from very different backgrounds find themselves teamed up at the prestigious Quatra Fleet Academy. They must deal with their backgrounds and baggage, prejudice on the part of other students, and even a potential traitor in their midst as they strive to excel in order to stay at the school. A true boarding-school story, albeit set in space, the bulk of the plot introduces the four protagonists, details their varying pedigrees and backstories, and creates a structure for future entries. The teens encounter typical issues of adolescence: fitting in, being bullied, dealing with expectations, meeting potential love interests (same and opposite sexes). The conflict centers primarily around a teen working undercover as a spy who comes to know and appreciate the enemy. Will this student sell them out or save them when given the chance? Hand this to fans of the author's The 100 series. Readers seeking similar stories situated in space could try Anne Osterlund's Academy 7 (2009) or Maura Milan's Ignite the Stars (2018).--Cindy Welch Copyright 2018 Booklist
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