Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Year Published: 2011
Synopsis: What if you were fifteen, 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.
Why?: I think it's really interesting when novels take place in space, and this one seems like no exception. Throw in a little bit of mystery, and it's almost reminiscent of Across the Universe. Only with two ships and a love triangle. And no frozen people, of course. Well, at least I don't think so.
Expectations: I expect a deep space mystery with a side of love triangle. I'm not really sure what else to expect, since I've never read anything by Ryan. Hopefully this book will surprise me!
Judging a book by its cover: Aside from the title, the cover only has a picture of a girl in a porthole. She looks distraught, or maybe tired, so I assume something bad happens to her. The cover is simple, and I like that the title and picture stand out from the background. I would likely pick this up if I saw it on a bookstore shelf somewhere.