*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
When I saw that this book was about humans invading a planet where an alien race resided, I knew that I had to try it. It sounded like a unique book, where the humans were the invaders, and I found that really intriguing. Lucky for me, that premise played a huge role in the story, and the book ended up being a pretty good one.
As a main character, I liked Hope for her strength and intelligence. I think that her strength and leadership abilities were a bit unrealistic for a seventeen-year-old, but I went along with it for the sake of the story. I appreciated that Hope was very kind, and tried to help people whenever she could. Lest you think she’s a bit too much, Hope did have her naive moments, and you could definitely tell that she was just a teen trying to do what she had to in order to survive.
Chance was a good love interest. I appreciated that he was the softness to Hope’s strength. When they broke up in the beginning because Hope turned down Chance’s proposal in order to do what she wanted, I thought that it was a really good twist. So often in books, the girls are the vulnerable and emotional ones, and I kind of liked the fact that Hope didn’t want to get married immediately, and that she didn’t need the symbol of a ring to prove that she and Chance were in love. Instead of Hope being the insecure one, Chance was, and I just thought that that was really refreshing.
There were quite a few side characters in this book, because of the nature of the story. I liked Weeks a lot, he brought some comedy to what would otherwise have been an intense story. I liked the Chief for his fairness and honesty, although I’m not really sure why he and Hope had such a good relationship, and what made her so special that the Chief looked on her like a daughter. I’m really interested in Legacy’s character, because he definitely did some changing throughout the course of the novel, and I’m curious how that will play out in following books, if there are any.
The plot of this novel was where the story got good. It was about Hope and the last of the human race looking for a home on a planet that just happened to already be inhabited. The aliens made Hope and some of her fellow humans go into testing, and they were put into some really dangerous situations that had real-life consequences. The story was all about those tests, and how the people reacted to the fact that some strange species was testing them. The story has to do with humanity, and it asks how humans would feel if their home was being invaded by aliens, and what they would do to said aliens.
Overall, this was a good story. It was sci-fi, with a dash of dystopian to explain why the humans were looking for a new home. There was a strong heroine, who was sometimes a bit over-the-top, but nevertheless very likable. The plot of this story was interesting. too, and it had some really good themes. My only complaints about this story would be that sometimes I did get a bit bored, but I really think that that could have been due to my mood. I wasn’t a fan of the abruptness of the ending either, so I’m realy hoping that there will be a sequel sometime soon. I do recommend this book for any fans of YA sci-fi having to do with aliens, because I definitely think you’ll find this book interesting since it turns the aliens-invading-Earth trope on it’s head.
Marie Langager lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. She has a B.A. in English Literature. She’s certain that many new adventures await us beyond our stars.
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