The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
When I read the overview of this book I thought it sounded like a pretty good book. But I’m not going to lie, when I started it, my thought was, this is going to be a long and painful read as sci-fi, space ships and computer hacking are not my thing. I kept reading (mostly because I felt I had too, it’s my job) and can honestly say it did improve. There is a lot of action with a really good story line. The book is a series of email discussions, thought processes, observations and spaceship schematics which make it a more interesting read (although some may find this confusing). In the end a good book especially if you are into spaceships, intergalactic travel and wars.
Just when Isabelle thinks her life can’t get any worse, something happens to her at school that makes her wonder how she can continue to look after her younger siblings, Evan and Maisie, work at the local mini-mart and deal with her alcoholic mother. It’s more than any sixteen-year-old should have to bear, but Isabelle can’t think of a way out that won’t hurt her brother and sister.
When Isabelle punches a girl at school, only one teacher sees past Isabelle’s aggressive behavior. Challenged to participate in a group writing project, Isabelle tentatively connects with a boy named Will and discovers an interest in (and talent for) the only kind of drama she can control–the kind that happens on the page.
I really enjoyed this book. It has great examples of dysfunctional families and how the behaviour is perpetuated as well as issues of bullying. Isabelle is the main character who has to deal with all of these issues and her strength of character is to be commended. These are issues which quite often are hidden and those who are living it are not always provided the assistance they need to break the cycle. This is a great book for anyone to read with a strong teenage lead.