This book really grabbed me. Books can take a long time to read because you just cannot get into them, or, like this one, go so quick that you wonder why the story was so short (even when it wasn’t).
Spensa lives underground with the rest of the humans safe from Krell attacks. Her father is a pilot defending the humans against Krell incursion, until he dies during the Alta battle. To Spensa her father is a hero, but the official story is that he was a coward, deserter, and she is his daughter, therefore she too is a coward, not to be trusted.
Spensa lives her life more as an outcast, catching rats for her mother to sell at her food stall. Travelling through the caverns where no one else goes. Her only friend is Rodge who she tests on his responses for the test to get into flight school, who has the callsign: Rigmarole. They will both get into flight school together surely.
The thing that disappointed me the most was when Doomslug stopped appearing in the story! Other than that, what a great adventure.
“Is it all lies, then?” I asked. “The talk of equality and of only skill mattering? Of finding your right place and serving there?” “It’s complicated,”
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4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
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Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the heroes of what’s left of the human race.
Spensa has always dreamed of being one of them; of soaring above Earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s – a pilot who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, placing Spensa’s chances of attending flight school somewhere between slim and none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, but she is still determined to fly. And the Krell just made that a possibility. They’ve doubled their fleet, making Spensa’s world twice as dangerous . . . but their desperation to survive might just take her skyward . . .
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