Read: 21st September 2018
Spoilers in review: No
Set in the far future, Light Years follows four young recruits to the Quatra Fleet Academy. Humanity is fighting a war with an alien species, and so, needing all the help they can get, admission to the Academy has been opened up to all planets the humanity inhabits, rather than just the main one. Humanity being humanity, not everybody is happy about this.
I really enjoyed this book!
I’ve read most of Morgan’s other series (though I haven’t finished it yet, oops) so I already knew that the writing style would be easy to get into and understand. She definitely did not disappoint in that area, this book is a very easy read. However, at no point is the reader talked down to or treated like an idiot. I really appreciate that.
I have a weakness for stories about a group of people, who may or may not have things in common, who are thrust together and forced to work as a team, and who end up becoming a tight-knit group who care about each other, possibly more than they care about whatever their orignial goal was. This is one of those stories. Watching these characters going from teeth-clenched teamwork to being close enough friends to chat casually with one another, and occasionally save each other’s lives, was an absolute joy to read.
One thing that might bother some readers was that I found this fairly predicatable. I saw major plot events coming from a mile off. However, this isn’t something that bothers me at all. Stories can be predictable and still good. One of my favourite things of all time has a ridiculously predictable aspect to it, but I don’t care and still love it. It wouldn’t be reasonable for me to get annoyed with something else over predictability when that’s the case. Also, just because I found something predictable doesn’t mean that other people will. My brain just doesn’t know when to shut up.
While there is discrimination in this novel, in fact that’s a large focus, absolutely none of it is homophobic in nature. Arran and Dash’s relationship is extremely adorable, and is treated like any other relationship by both the narrative and other characters. One character even calls them boyfriends before they actually get together, which I think was a lovely touch. If you enjoy sweet romances then you can read this novel for them alone.
This is the first in a series, and as such it ends on a cliffhanger. I knew this was coming, this is a Morgan novel, but I would like to have the next book in my hand right now immediately, thank you very much.
I received an e-arc through Netgalley in return for an honest review. Quotes may differ in the published version.
Review originally written in 2018