Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
AR Reading Level: 5.7
On the library stacks: YA fiction
Award: VOYA Award/Honor
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Aerin Renning has finally escaped the planet where she lived as a slave. Her father's ship had crashed there years before, killing him in the process. But Aerin survives and is rescued by a pilot who helps her earn a spot at the universe's most elite academy.
Dane Madousin is the son of one of the Alliance's most powerful men. Dane is a celebrity figure and has a reputation as a little bit of a bad boy. When Dane also earns a spot at Academy 7, he and Aerin form a bond that will cause friction in ways neither of them can anticipate.
I didn't know this book is science fiction until I started reading it, but I think it will be a standout for me this year. There is a certain degree of tension written in the story that really hooked me. It struck the right balance of adventure and romantic spark without being too over-the-top sci-fi. I would desperately love a sequel!
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