I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as barely ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set at some time in the future after humanity has begun to colonize planets around other stars. The main character is 17 year old Jay Lawton.
Humanity is struggling to survive after a civil war tore their civilization apart. Now as teens reach their 18th birthday, they are evaluated and either sent on to Promise City for the chance at a better life, or they are banished into with wilderness. At least that is the story that Lawton and his friends have grown up with.
Lawton is in a serious relationship with girlfriend Aubrie. They both expect high scores when tested in the coming weeks. Then they will be able to begin a new life together in Promise City. Lawton though stumbles upon a discovery that completely turns his world upside down.
He finds that the colony is secretly being run by aliens and the lives of himself and all the other kids are at risk. Lawton must find a way to escape, then rescue Aubrie, his sisters, and all of the other kids. He also finds himself torn between feelings for Aubrie and growing feelings for Peyton.
This was an entertaining read of 7+ hours for the 285 page novel. The story moves along well enough, but the plot is a little thin to me even for a Romantic Young Adult Science Fiction novel. The cover art is colorful and sort of relates to the story. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.
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