Review: I wanna thank the publisher for sending a copy to my store, and I was the lucky one to grab it first, haha. I did share the wealth though and let another co-worker check it out.
Nova is a story about a literal human timebomb, set in the far future it seems. The summary is pretty straightforward. I wasn’t too sure if it’d be something that interest me, but flipping through and seeing how the pacing was sometimes set by Lia Johansen’s clock ticking down, I figured it’d be a quick read.
It was, but not because of it being short or anything. More like I got so engrossed that I could barely put it down.
Like the summary, we start straight off into the story, with Lia being one of the survivors and refugees that were given freedom coming to port at a space station. As she believes herself to be a bomb, her personality is a bit bland in the beginning and straightforward, which makes sense but it did take a chapter or two for me to really get invested into what was going on. The world building was done pretty well, not at all in your face or being too tech-speak. You got a feel for what was going on, not just with the technology but the fact that the humans are in the middle of a war, and how they react to the refugees.
Lia soon meets an ‘old friend’ and his family, along with having a run-in with an interesting fellow refugee. They all have very unique personalities and while I was worried about the cliche of boy falls in love with girl and vice versa trope, the way it plays out here was actually a bit refreshing. Through mostly flashbacks, we finally do get to learn about the war that’s affecting everyone, especially Lia, and it’s almost horror like to figure out what’s going on.
Enough to be just a tad creepy/scary. Which is pretty good for a sci-fi, as rarely see that, especially with the teen genre. A lot of the story was set in a way where it seemed like you could tell where it was heading next, which necessarily isn’t a bad thing, but the author certainly sets it up with a few more twists, and not so obvious twists either, and in the end, I was still pleasantly surprised, and satisfied, with the outcome. Haha, well to a point. The fate of Lia normally isn’t what I like to read about, however, there honestly was no other option, and it kept the whole story centered in realism, in a way that a lot of stories tend to stay away from so they can achieve the perfect HEA.
When I had originally read this, I didn’t know it was part of a series. Sure there were a lot of questions still needing answered, but at the same time, it was concluded in a way where I was satisfied. If you’re like me that generally don’t like to read series in progress books, trust me, you can read this by itself and be happy with it. The second in the series is now out, though it’s supposed to be a 5 parter. I will hopefully get to reading the second one in the near future.
Cover: It’s kind of interesting that it has such a blandish cover. Despite it being a sci-YA type book, even with a hint of possible romance, though granted majority of books and movies have something like a romance or attraction, that it went for what I presume to be a gender neutral cover. Maybe to attract more of the male readers who might’ve been put off with the fact that this is a female POV novel. And of course, the image we get is very on the nose, a depiction on what a nova could look like. While a nice and simple cover, and is definitely better than some bad photoshopped people, it probably wouldn’t have grabbed me much in the store.
When checking to see if other covers came out, I found out that in anticipation of the 2nd book, Archangel, coming out, they came out with an alternate cover that matched the new book. Presuming each book is gonna focus on a different character view, each of these new covers will probably feature the protagonist. I think it’s interesting it was okay to have no humans on the cover when it was a female protagonist book, but when they came out with the second one, there had to be a male showing off on the cover. However, like I said before, the original cover PROBABLY would not have enticed me enough just at first glance. This new cover seems more typical of the genre, but I do like it a lot. Even though she’s captured in the picture, she doesn’t look like a damsel, and looks dangerous with just a look. Just to me, feels rather empowering, haha, and it’s really nicely designed.
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