What’s it about? The inhabitants of the Empyrean spaceship have one main goal in life – reach and terraform New Earth, and procreate. Waverly is the oldest girl born on the Empyrean, and she’s all but made up her mind to marry Kieran, the future captain of the ship. But when their sister ship, the New Horizon, attacks without warning, she is kidnapped along with all of the other girls. Infertility plagued the New Horizon for its entire mission thus far, and Pastor and leader Anne Mathers plans on rectifying that situation by violently ‘rescuing’ these girls and putting them on her ‘safer’ ship. Kieran is left to battle over control of the ship with brooding Seth, who also harbors a deep love for Waverly. Will Waverly and the other girls find a way to escape and get home? Who will take over the Empyrean – Kieran or Seth?
Should you read it? If you loved Across the Universe by Beth Revis, you’ll want to get your hands on this one. Although both are set on a spaceship bound for new Earth, that’s really where the similarities end. This is a fast-paced read with big moral questions. And with all of the twists and half-truths in Book 1, it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book. The book seems to have an anti-religious theme, but it’s hard for me to tell until I read the next books and see who’s telling the truth, and what they really will do once they are in a position of power. Either way, an interesting read.