Looking for a YA sci-fi surrounding astronomy?
Link is the first book in The Shadow of Light series by Summer Wier.
“For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves… “
When I was a kid, I was all about space. I loved learning about the planets and all of the forms floating around. So when I glanced at the cover, I knew this would be a book I would want to pick up. Who wouldn’t want to read a YA surrounding astronomy?
At first, the plot confused me. We follow two different lives of our main character: her true life and her star life. But as the story progressed, I started to understand what was going on. I loved the plot. There is a lot of struggle between finding the balance of friendship, choices, and family. Which life does she want to live more?
The characters were intriguing. There is a nice balance of the harsher shadow world and the lighter Earth characters. Her best friend is showing his true feelings while this mysterious boy is kicking her emotions into gear. It isn’t a love triangle in any means as you will be able to tell in the book. The romance was not overbearing. It seemed to offset the creepiness of the enchanting shadow world. Overall, this was a very entertaining read at 4 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this is a great book with a lot of potential for the sequel.
More Book Information:
Published: 29 September 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
How I Read It: eBook from publisher
**Disclaimer: I received this eBook through NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for review. All of the thoughts above are my honest opinions only.*
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