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Light Years

(Light Years #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  361 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain - but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes he
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wheelathon
Light Years by Kass Morgan is the first book in the new young adult science fiction fantasy series by the same name. The series follows four different students from different planets as they join the Quatra Fleet Academy.

Cormak is from the toxic planet Deva and had been struggling to survive with his older brother when he finds out his brother was killed on a mission. Right before he was killed however Cormak’s brother had been admitted into the academy so with him gone Cormak uses his ID to tak
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4 stars

When I got an arc of this in an Illumicate box, I 100% looked at the cover and wasn’t all that sure about it; I’m not that fond of cover models or faces on books. However, when I picked it up, I discovered it was a really addictive book with good characters and an interesting storyline. To be sure, it’s nothing super original or overly special, but it is pretty fun and seemed to be exactly what I wanted to read.

Perfect for fans of Illuminae or Across The Universe, Light Years centres ar
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess


Actual 5 Words: Friendship, secrets, prejudice, subterfuge, space.

Review to come, this isn't out until October, I got a review copy in my May Illumicrate box.

BUT Light Years is excellent so go pre-order it. I just can't believe I have to wait so long for the next book.
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Light Years is an awesome novel. I liked the entire concept and I'm totally looking forward to reading book 2. The novel didn't disappoint. It was 5 stars from start to finish.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Light years 3.5⭐

These four rivals will have to work together to survive.

Cormack lost his brother and his coping is getting into the academy at all cost
Vesper is at the top of her game until a wrecking ball of attitude comes and changes her approach to the academy and flying
Orelia is a spy on a mission but if she gets caught up in the wrong crowd she is going to lose more than her standings.
And Arren is just a horney guy trying that gets caught up in thigs he never thought a simple crush would
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
I never read The 100, so this was my first experience with this author's writing. I was not let down!

Each of her characters (there are 4 main POVs) are well-developed and bring something special to the story. I felt fully invested in each of their lives, which is hard to do with so many main characters.

This background for this story is innately political, and I like how this thread was woven throughout the story in big ways. A few elements were definitely predictable, but it didn't make it any
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, physical-2018
**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review as a lbyrpartner**

4 - 4.5 stars.

This was a super quick book to get through but the individual story lines mixed with the overall story were damn good. I cannot wait to read what happens next!



Full review can be found here:

This is going to be another tough review to write as I greatly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the setting, the characters, the plot, the twists, the turns, all of it. I am
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

I really struggled a lot with rating this one. On one hand, we had bland writing and minimal world-building. But on the other, we had a plotline which ended up being surprisingly gripping.

The planets of Deva and Chetire are poisonous hellholes, where only the poorest – known as Settlers – live. Meanwhile, Tri is where the real cream of society live, and only Tridians have been permitted into the elite Quatra Fleet Academy – until now. T
Vicky Who Reads
Mar 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs

things I am willing to give away:
- my soul
- misc. teeth
- my first through 80th born children

oh why is it not September yet???
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
An arc of this book was sent to me by Little Brown Young Readers (The NOVL) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

rating: 4 / 5

To be honest with you, I probably would not have picked up Light Years if I had not been sent a copy but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. So a huge shoutout to the folks over at The NOVL for knowing my book tastes more than I do.

— writing
Super fast paced and easy to read. However, I felt it was a tad bit rushed
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
First of all, how DARE this book end that way? What is it with science fiction novels and ending on such a big cliffhanger? I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

Second, wow this book was brilliant! The characters were so vibrant and the relationships were so unpredictable, I loved it so much. My only real gripe with it has to do with the plot, pacing and climax of the novel. If anything I though it all happened a bit too conveniently, particularly the big event that happens towards the end of the no
ARC received in the Illumicrate book box.

3.5 stars, I like the story and it became better towards the end of the book. It is a highschool story set in space. Not my usual type of book but I enjoyed it. Might read the second book, because this one does end on a cliff-hanger.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I think!

This was a fun, quick read. It is from several character’s POV and I def connected more to some than others. Each character was interesting though. I am curious to read the sequel!! I really like the set up at the end of this one. I guess my biggest issue was that some things felt a tad rushed.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
I still can't stand cover models for the most part, but on the plus side, I like the diversity I am seeing on the cover.
Paige Green
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from TheNovl/Little Brown Young Readers. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: October 8th, 2018

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 15+ (slightly sexual scenes, romance, violence, death, terrorist  activities and threats)

Pages: 374

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Synopsis: Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclu
Rosemary Standeven
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The general set-up is not new: a group of young people from different backgrounds put together in an academy, all competing to graduate with full honours. Unlikely friendships are made, there are nasty colleagues, bigotry, some danger, ethical dilemmas and romantic up and downs. Despite all this, our heroes should pull through in the end.
What does set it apart, though, are the well-developed main characters with their backstories, and the moral ambiguities.
The stage
K.S. Marsden
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Cormak and his crew have to prove that they deserve their place at the Academy. But there are more plots in play than they are prepared for.

I received a free copy fro Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. Despite being a big fan of watching The 100, this is the first book from Kass Morgan that I've read.

The story follows the four trainees that make up Squadron 20, in the Quatra Fleet Academy.
These young men and women are the best of the best from Tri and the sur
Kindling Micky
I loved the concept of this book but I struggled to get invested in the execution of the characters and the story. The idea of a diverse set of space cadets from different planets and places, training to become pilots and other roles is a great concept. However, this felt overly character-driven when I needed more context about the world, the planets, the ‘space-stuff’.

I really struggled to get into this book and kept setting it down but I can say that after 40% it did pick up for me significant
Demi Idle
Space Battle School is my favourite Si-Fi setting and I expected to enjoy this book.
I did not read "The 100", but I watched it and was looking forward to a gripping plot with many dangers and unexpected developments.

I have to hand it to the author - she does good premises and interesting characters.
There is an underlying threat of a mysterious enemy with unknown motives and origin.
There is an imperialistic unfair society where racism is ripe and the decadent ruling class has only now began to al
Lovely Loveday
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
LIGHT YEARS by Kass Morgan is a young adult science fiction novel that does not disappoint. This fast-paced read focuses on four students as they train at The Quatra Fleet Academy. An academy that trains the best young students to become officers in their military. Each planet has sent their best and brightest but because of a new policy that regards Settlers as second class citizens, many are not happy.  Morgan creates a group of characters that are well-developed and each one brings something ...more
Anne Pauline
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Des personnages hétéroclites pour un livre choral mélangeant Star Trek et Battlestar Galactica.

Addictif, certains détails m’ont empêchés d’avoir un total coup de cœur, mais n’ont absolument pas gâchés ma lecture.

De la science fiction pure avec des enjeux politiques et de conflits galactiques. Bref tout ce que j’aime.
Michaela's Journey into Books
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really addictive read and I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to.

This novel is set in the Quatra fleet Academy which, due to the impeding danger of attack from the Spectres, are opening their doors to all planets within the Quatra Federation. However, not everyone is happy with this arrangement. In order to stay at the academy the cadets must prove their worth by
Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
*Thank you to TheNovl for sending me an early copy to read and review*

I’m sad to say that I'm glad this book is over, and not in any kind of good way. This was definitely not the worst book I've ever read but sadly it wasn't anything that absolutely blew me away. I really loved the concept and the sort of boarding school setting and it sounded amazing from the synopsis but it just didn't do it for me.

I felt like this story and plot was just not exciting and there seemed to be so little conflict
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq

Ça m'a fait plaisir de relire de la science-fiction, c'était une bonne lecture mais si il y a quand même un certain manque de développement et de détails aussi bien pour l'histoire que les personnages. Néanmoins, j'attends la suite avec impatience.
Je pense que c’est un livre qui avait un énorme potentiel. Néanmoins, je pense qu’on perd de l’intrigue principale au détriment de la romance. Je m’attendais pas du tout à cette tournure et j’avoue être totalement déçue.

J’ai pas eu plus d’attachement que cela aux personnages et c’était quelques fois obvious :(. Bref pas plus surprise que cela mais je pense que cela peut plaire et peut avoir son public. Le public n’était juste pas moi :)
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Cormak is a twat. So much so, my friends changed the name of our group chat. It is forever immortalised.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fast paced, exciting read that once I started reading, I couldn't put down. With a great cast of characters and a unexpected ending, I cannot wait to see what comes next.

When Quatra Fleet Academy finally begins admitting students from every planet in the solar system after an attack by a mysterious enemy called The Specters, four students, Tridian citizen Vesper who dreams of being a pilot, wisecracking captain Cormack, outsider Arran, and Orelia who is hiding a dark secret, from diff
The second ARC of five which I traded for this month, and I'm very happy I managed to get my hands on it! One thing I've noticed with Kass Morgan is that she writes a better book each time - The 100 series being just such an example of this trend. I remember I gave the first book a three-star rating on my first read, but I reread it just after finishing the first season of the TV series and upgraded it to four on the second go. Then the second and third books got four stars right away, and the f ...more
Samantha Lizzio
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read much sci-fi contemporary YA, but if the rest is anything like this, sign me up! For fans of the amazing Kass Morgan, this series will indulge your space romance dreams.

Though that isn’t to say there’s a lack of action. The novel is sub plot-heavy as you read through the perspectives of four different characters. Each of these characters is fully-fleshed out and intricate. I found myself liking each one for both their flaws and successes. When a book has multiple characters I can
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
LIGHT YEARS was a very entertaining sci-fi set at a school for upcoming military officers in a solar system. I absolutely adore books set in schools, and I loved this element in LY! In LIGHT YEARS, we get four characters' perspectives, and each character has different things at stake. I really enjoyed seeing each of these characters' points of view. Their voices were distinct and they all came from different backgrounds. I thought the banter and relationship between the characters, when
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Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels.

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