Thursday, November 5, 2009
by Anne Osterlund
teen science fiction
New York, N.Y. : Speak, 2009
Aerin Renning is brilliant but mysterious young girl attending the most prestigious school in the universe, Academy 7. Her classmate, Dane Madousin, is a rebellious boy from a wealthy, prominent military family. Their lives are intertwined in ways even they don't know. As they navigate their way through the competitive life at the Academy they develop a strong friendship that defies those around them.
Ignore the cover of this book. I actually debated on not including it as it really doesn't give the right feel for the book. The cover gives the suggestion of a romance book (at least to me), when in fact it is a futuristic adventure. There is some typical high school-type drama as well as some light romance, but that is not the main point of the story. The political unrest of the universe is at the heart of the book. I certainly hope the author plans a sequel or two to further explore the situation with the Alliance and the trade Union. Of course I won't mind seeing how Aerin and Dane further their relationship also!