Monday, July 29, 2013

Sky's End by Lesley Young

Sky's End by Lesley Young
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe's future at stake. Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command's top pilots and her only family, who's been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition's fierce, and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once. Even the station's most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can't help Cassiel pass the second time around-so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky deja vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide. When Cassiel's manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother-even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or'ic, the cold-as-steel Thell'eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice. -

I've never really been a fan of Sci-Fi type stories, but lately, I've read a couple that have gotten me into them a little bit more.  So I was excited about this, and I really loved the concept behind the story. A space Academy, galaxy travel, and aliens that are humanoid just seemed really interesting to me, and for the most part, the book delivered.

As far as the setting goes, this story was very rich in detail, very vivid.  I felt like I could picture myself there.  The author did a fabulous job with the world-building in general to the point where it felt real, but I didn't find myself drowning in the details either.  It was just right.

The characters were intriguing, although there were a couple things about them disappointed me slightly.  First, Cassiel irritated me quite often.  I liked her character, but she just seemed to make some really stupid choices that either a) made no sense, or b) she thoughtlessly did with no idea of the consequences.  And these decisions often had a bad ripple effect.  There were times that I really wanted to tell her to calm down and think her way through before jumping headlong into a decision so spontaneously.  For the most part, however, I liked her.

I really loved the Horde characters, even though they are the "aliens", and I most especially loved the Prime.  He was a great character.  I know this is going to be love triangle... I can't just see it, but I'm already firmly on the side of the Prime.  I just have a little trouble with King.  He came across to me as a little stale, and I don't feel like I have an emotional connection to him, so there's nothing that invested me in him.

All in all, the book didn't really knock me out, but it interested me enough that I am going to want to pick up the next one, just to see who Cassiel ends up with.  The book had a lot of pluses, mainly the Horde characters, the story concept, and the rich setting.  Worth a read.


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