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Nova (Spectre War Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 320 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Book 1 of 2 in Spectre War|
|Age Level: 18 and up||Grade Level: 12 and up|
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"Nova grabbed me from the first chapter, and never let go. What a ride! Unforgettable, fast-paced and original, this book kept me guessing to the end." —Amie Kaufman, New York Times-bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars
"Lia is a genetically-engineered bad-ass." —The MarySue
"A super start to what looks like a fine series; readers will be eager for the next installment." —Booklist
"This is an excellent debut...creative and surprising." —RT Book Reviews
"This book definitely scratched my kick-ass teen heroine itch, and it did it in SPACE. That’s a perfect combo if I’ve seen one." —BookRiot
“Lia’s story is entertaining and fun, with many elements of daring and suspense…. It’s a fun science fiction novel that does not rely on the genre to be interesting, making a good choice for both genre and casual fans.” —Bibliofiend --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- File size : 1076 KB
- Print length : 320 pages
- ASIN : B00OQSF6HE
- Publication date : June 2, 2015
- Publisher : DAW (June 2, 2015)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #941,193 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Margaret Fortune understands how to craft an exciting story. A teenage girl is sent to a space station ostensibly to blow it up. The gimmick being that, having the materials embedded in her body, she’s the bomb. The complication being that whoever sent her altered her memories so she’s not quite sure what to do when the timer malfunctions. Then she encounters a boy she may have known as a child years earlier. Does she try to complete her mission or are (real) people more important? I blasted through Nova. It’s a fast paced page turner.
It’s hard to say what disappointed me without giving spoilers, so I’ll just say you could do a lot with this material given that young girls really are blowing themselves up in parts of the world today. So after reading the book description I expected something more sophisticated. In the end it was a fairly straightforward Sci-Fi tale with some fun twists but nothing terribly unpredictable. I would recommend it without hesitation for a young Sci-Fi reader but adult mileage will vary. I'll definitely watch for Margaret Fortune's next book though.
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Cons: felt like Lia should have understood a few things faster
This is the first book in the Spectre War series, and it’s a doozie. Given the age of the protagonist and her search for meaning after things go wrong, it kind of felt like a YA novel. There’s a touch of romance, coming of age, befriending an enemy… But throughout there’s an undercurrent of something else - the same mystery that Lia’s trying to remember.
I thought the pacing was great, with the book teasing out bits and pieces of the mystery. There was one aspect in particular that I was surprised she didn’t grasp earlier. Yes, she is sixteen and it wouldn’t be easy to work around false memories, but it did frustrate me a bit.
The romance elements were great and gave the ending quite a punch. I liked that Lia developed friendships with several women of various ages. Often books ignore the importance of female friendships to female protagonists, so I really appreciated seeing this.
While the story is self-contained, it opens a lot of future possibilities, and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.