Series: Universe Eventual
Series Number: #1
Author: N.J Tanger
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher: JNR Media
Publication Date: April 25, 2015
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb From Goodreads:
On the verge of extinction, the Stephen’s Point colony must take desperate measures to save themselves. Without communication or resupply from Earth for the last fifteen years, the colony has but one chance to survive: restore the ancient starship Chimera and train a young crew to pilot her. The fate of the entire colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a sixteen-year-old hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and fifteen-year-old Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.
To Theo, the Mandate to crew the Chimera seems like a game—one he isn’t invited to play. A brutal murder changes everything. Left with no choice, Theo has to complete the Selection training and make it aboard the Chimera or face terrible consequences.
Selena wants to do what she does best—fly. Piloting her father’s ore trawler is the only life she’s known before a horrifying accident strands her aboard the Hydra, the station responsible for rebuilding the Chimera. Forced into the Mandate testing against her will, Selena encounters an unexpected ally, forever changing the way she sees the Chimera and herself.
Forced to make brutal choices in order to survive, Theo and Selena’s fates intertwine. But behind the scenes, someone else sets into motion events that could destroy everything they’re fighting to protect.
First off, I was expecting the story to take place on the ship but I’m so glad I was wrong. This is the story of how hard life is for those stuck on this far away planet and getting to know Theo as he goes the training, and Selena as she fights for herself and her father. During the beginning we meet Theo, Selena, and (this is kinda cool) Chimera, the ship. That part actually excited me, it’s somewhat of an AI but because of builtin protocols the ship is in a sleep like state. There are only a few instances where you get to “meet” Chimera and I really hope there is more in the next book. There are a few other characters like Meghan and Marcus, Meghan is Theo’s friend and Marcus seems to be a psychopath but an important character. And of course there are adults like parents and government officials. Great world building and detail gives the reader a feel of this strange planet making it seem real. The characters were really well written reminding me of normal teenagers with insecurities and god complexes while at times acting like children due to lack of experience. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next one.