(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Siobhan Davis on July 21st 2014
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
Planet Novo sits twelve hundred miles above Earth. A few years ago, the government took the fittest and placed them in new living conditions to guarantee the survival of the human race. Now, Cadet Ariana Skyee struggles with the fact that she will have to participate in a competition and ultimately be paired with her husband. She slowly grows closer to her top contender, Cadet Cal Remus, a man she thought she could never fall for. As her feelings deepen, her mind is bombarded by dreams of a boy named Zane. This new world is not all it seems to be, and as she gets closer to the truth, she has to decide what true love and happiness is really worth.
I have always been a science fiction fan. There’s something incredibly interesting about the technology and endless possibilities included in a technologically savvy world. I had high hopes for this book after merely reading the synopsis. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have hoped. The beginning of the book was incredibly slow, and I had a difficult time getting through it. I set it down multiple times to read other books and read it while I ran on the treadmill. Once I reached Part 2 of the book, things started to pick up. The change in point of view added a new quality and dimension to the novel. So, if you pick up the book and don’t enjoy the first part, I promise, it does get better!
This book had a similar feel to the Matched Trilogy when it came to the romantic aspect. For instance, the couples are put together based on how well they fit but are only chosen from a select group of people—the people on Novo. However, Davis included a unique quality to the selection when she introduced the competition, which emulated a beauty pageant. Ari verbalized many times how much she despised the impending competition. There was a lot of build up, but by the time Davis finally got to competition, it came and went faster than the mention of it. That may have been because I read the second half so much quicker than the first, but the second half felt rushed.
The explanation of the technology did not disappoint, though, and I found it easy to understand what each part of it meant for the new world. She did a wonderful job of building a world overcome with greed and technology to set each and every character on edge.
Overall, this series has potential, and I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store. I’ve already started it, and I’m enjoying seeing the characters in a different aspect as they face the issues created at the end of the first.
Furthermore, I would suggest giving this book a chance if you’re a die-hard science fiction fan. I’m glad I finished it, because I found it difficult to not fall for Cal. By the end of the novel, you’ll be wishing for more!