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.
My Rating: 4/5
It took me forever to get invested into this book, but I found that the further I progressed with the story the more I enjoyed it. I ended up not being able to put it down.
The story is told from two perspectives, Waverly and Keiran. I really liked that it did that as you could see inside both ships. Although, I didn't feel completely connected to either of them, and I am not sure why.
This book has a really strong sci-fi element to it, which I didn't think I would like, but it was probably what made me enjoy it as much as I did.
The writing in this book, is first class, and it is hard to believe it is the author's debut novel.
The way the book is written, you are never sure who the villians are. The people on the New Horizon are not all evil, and the people on The Empyrean are not all good.