She wanted to find her place in the universe. She never imagined it might not be on Earth.
When Emily Murphy over slept the morning of her college entrance exam, she thought missing her test was the worst thing that could happen. She never expected she would wind up lost halfway across the galaxy, battling aliens with laser guns and mages hurling lightning.
Like most seventeen year olds, Emily’s main concern had been navigating the perils of high school, not surviving shootouts and sorcery. That changed when her school was attacked and a student was kidnapped. While everyone else smartly fled from danger, she recklessly ran toward it mounting an impossible rescue that would lead her on a journey unlike anything she could have imagined.
Dropped into a strange world teeming with merciless criminals and ruthless aristocrats, surrounded by violence and betrayal, Emily must untangle a web of intrigue and deceit to solve the mystery behind the abduction, save her classmate, and discover the destiny which awaits her.
It is either that, or die trying… (taken from Amazon)
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was a great read! The characters were extremely well written. Emily, while not my favorite character, was brave and had a strong moral compass. That she rushed into danger to save someone made her immediately likable. She had a tough exterior that masked a lot of emotion and made her very interesting.
She was joined by another classmate, Mason, who was my favorite character. That guy was just trying so hard. He was way out of his depth but didn’t let that stop him. It was also great to see a nice guy in a book, instead of the usual “bad boy with a heart of gold” cliche.
There was a small moment that I kind of loved: the humans are asking one of the residents of the planet they’re on about the “aliens”. The character they’re speaking to point out that technically the humans are the aliens on that planet. I don’t know why, but that little back-and-forth really stood out to me.
The entire book was incredibly creative, one of the most unique sci-fi books I’ve read in quite a while. The fact that the main characters are human was perfect: there was just enough familiarity to give the reader a strong jumping off point to everything new and extremely different.
I definitely recommend picking this book up.