Series: Sky Chasers
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Published: 13th September, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
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.
I was so excited for this book! I had such high hopes. I was disappointed when I finished reading it. I had no idea how dark this book was going to be. The summary doesn’t give that away for sure. That’s probably why I didn’t really like it and have rated it so low, it’s my personal opinion on the enjoyment factor. Does that make my rating biased?
Here’s why I personally did not enjoy this book.
My main problem was that the characters just weren’t likeable. The decisions they made made me angry, they were driven on by one sided ideas and all I could think was ‘How can they not see the other side of the argument? How can they not see the bigger picture?’. Perhaps this is because they’re all so young. I don’t know but I really did not take a liking to any one character and had no hope for what direction the story would go. Every character was narrow minded in my opinion and I couldn’t connect to any one of them.
Although you could see how they came to their decisions and every character thought they were doing the right thing at the time. Still, it wasn’t that enjoyable to read if you don’t like dark stories like me. The idea from the summary sounded really interesting and fun, the actual story just wasn’t anything that I expected. So I guess I was shocked when I finished reading this book.
In short, the ending of this story made me extremely angry that I found it hard to read the last chapter. I actually just didn’t care what happened because I didn’t care about anyone in the story. I know characters have flaws but the flaws these characters had were so big that they over shadowed any good quality that the character had, in my opinion.
I had no idea which team to root for, I had no idea which team of people would be better to start a new life on the new world. I guess that was because I couldn’t decide who I dis-liked more.
There were a lot of twists and turns in this story, you thought you knew where it was going but then you would be completely surprised. I found myself being surprised quite a few times. I also found myself clamping my hand over my mouth with the sheer disgust in what was going on all the while wondering how humans could treat one another like that. But I guess, when in desperation the need for survival takes over. Still, not very pretty. Still again, it would most likely happen this way in reality if this situation ever arose.
So all in all I was disappointed just because my expectations had been on a different scale that probably runs adjacent to this one. Once again I had painted a picture in my mind that was nothing like the actual painting this book told.
Besides all of that the writing was good writing and I didn’t find myself getting bored, only annoyed. There are pretty good qualities to this book it’s just the amount of things I didn’t like about it outweigh the good. To be honest, I will most likely read the next books in the series. That’s because I want to see what happens, even if I disagreed with this book and could barely read the last chapter.
I would recommend this book to people that enjoy dark stories! You will definitely love this book.