Wednesday, January 9, 2013


By Amy Kathleen Ryan
St Martin's Griffin, 2011. 307 pages. Young Adult

The Empyrean is a multi-generational ship on its way through deep space to inhabit a new, distant planet.  Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation successfully conceived onboard.  She has a close relationship with the handsome captain in training, Kieran Alden, and a less expected friendship with the dark and brooding Seth.  But her life and concerns are interrupted when danger arrives in the form of their sister ship, the New Horizon, who haven't yet successfully conceived a new generation.

This is heavier, darker, and more complex than I was expecting for a young adult novel.  The characters are human, flawed, not entirely good, not entirely bad.  I felt a sort of desperation as I read the events that unfolded and realized that they are generations from an inhabitable planet or help of any kind.  This is an engrossing story that you will read in two days but will think about for weeks.


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