Synopsis from Goodreads
Thank you to Brown Books Publishing Group for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest, personal review.
I'm a fan of sci-fi as a genre because I love that authors can essentially create any kind of futuristic world they want. While I don't read it often, it's really just because I'm sadly too lazy to look up new authors in the genre (it's really bad on my part). Thankfully, Brown Books Publishing reached out to me with this book and I immediately said yes!
I thought it was interesting how quickly this book moves, giving us both benefits and drawbacks. In terms of benefits, it allows readers to jump into this world, learning about things as we go, and the action moves quickly. However… I did find that there was a lot of moments where I was confused or had to reread sections to figure out what was going on. I sometimes felt like I was missing information because time jumps would happen, space in between events would either be days or weeks later and it was somewhat hard to track where Leilani was at different points in the story. Again, if you really want fast pace action this book does a great job of moving quickly. But, if you’re like me and wanted a little bit more background information, it did seem to be missing some key moments.
I really enjoy getting to know Leilani in this book. I liked her ability to jump in any situation, she’s not afraid to deal with challenges head-on, and she just kind of goes for it at different points. She is faced with so many challenges that it’s really great to see how she deals with them all. Like she says at one point in the story, there are very few agents that it would have to deal with the number of chaotic events that she has to deal with, and she handles it pretty well. I did think there was some moments that were a little out of character or just didn’t seem to make sense to me, but overall I found her really compelling and I liked her story. I also really like the secondary characters in this book but I found we didn’t get to know them that well. The General, Melissa, Laki, and others were all really interesting and I would’ve loved some more background on them instead of just the brief moments we get with them when they’re around Leilani.
LOTS of Problems to Solve
Another interesting part of this book is that there’s just so many problems to solve. The book starts off with Leilani being conscripted to becoming a footsoldier on one of the space stations; she then realizes that there’s some troubling things happening. She solves the problem really quickly only to stumble into another massive problem which results in the fabric of the universe in incredible danger. I just found that we jumped from problem to problem really quickly, and I think we would’ve had more time to fully understand what was going on if Leilani had been assigned one specific problem to solve and that is what the story was dedicated towards instead of throwing all these different ones that end up being connected to each other. While it’s interesting, and fun to follow to see how they all connect, it was a little frustrating at times to figure out where she was now, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and just kind of track of where the story was going.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun opportunity to read a piece of science fiction, a genre that I don’t read that often. I liked the way the story was told and I really liked the characters, so I’m hoping we see more of these characters in the future… Maybe some kind of series? However I do wish that it had been a little bit tighter, and not the characters are only dealing with one large problem instead of all these small ones that lead to a bit of confusion. I’d recommend this to people looking for a quick read and to those that want to try science-fiction even though it’s not necessarily your first choice of genre.
Aether Ones came out October 13, 2020 and I can't wait to hear what you think about it!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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