Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Series: Sky Chasers, Book 1
*Book was provided by the audiobook publisher for honest review*
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.
What I thoughtI'm a little on the fence with this one. On one hand, I loved the audiobook. I've listened to a previous audiobook with both Matthew Brown and Ilyana Kadushin and have enjoyed them reading previously and for this book. I do believe Matthew Brown will be one of those names I look for when picking out future audiobooks. On the other, I'm not sure I really enjoyed the story itself.
The whole story seemed to go at a slow pace. I had to restart several scenes multiple times because I would tune it out. While there were some really great conflicts in the story, for the most part, I had wanted something to happen. Anything. There seemed to be a lot of world building and explaining and that is where I found myself tuning out the book and found myself doing something else to entertain myself.
The plot interested me. It still does. I haven't decided if I will try out the next one or if I will let the series go. It does seem to hold promise for a good series. And it didn't hurt that one of my new favorite readers (Matthew Brown) read for Kieran.
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