Narrator: Taylor Dalton
Series: The Sunshine Series #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 1 October 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
Every year, each of the humanoid planets in the United Universe selects two 17-year-old students to attend the Academy, a four-year program on a cruiser that travels through space. The students train with their humanoid peers to become Ambassadors tasked with ensuring the continued peace, harmony, and security of the known Universe.
Sunshine Blue Mountain, from the planet Baatar, is one such student. Sunny is faced with the challenges of leaving home for the first time, navigating new relationships, and encountering unwanted trouble at every turn, all while training to be a model representative of her planet. A goal made even more challenging by the irresistible pull she feels towards the warrior-race boy with the striking blue eyes.
This is the story of her first year at the Academy. Note that this is a young adult novel intended for audiences 13 years and older.
©2017 MF Blake (P)2017 MF Blake
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Sunshine is one of the two students from Baatar who enters the Academy this year. They are all seventeen-year-old students from the known planets with humanoid inhabitants and aspire to become Ambassadors.
This was an entertaining listen, but be aware that it is mainly aimed at young adults. The characters are interesting and their interactions realistic. As an older reader myself, I had issues connecting with the characters, since most of the conflicts in the story are romance related. I did miss a bigger conflict where everyone’s life was at a real risk, and this is why maybe I wasn’t completely hooked to the story.
There is also little world-building, and for someone who is into sci-fi and hard sci-fi, there are many things lacking. I didn’t fully understand why everything was measured in Earth units, being humans despised for bringing disgrace upon themselves, and also the fact that the very few alive were in stasis. It is also not clear why Sunny was sent to the Academy. What I liked was that some virtues were highlighted as positive in the story, and I feel this could serve as educational and moral purposes.
Taylor Dalton’s narration was okay, not interfering with the story, but also not adding a lot to it. There was lack of emotion on the characters interpretations, and she used a quite monotone tone for the whole book. I think this could have worked so much better with more lively interpretations.
It was a good book, but I insist that I would exclusively recommend it to young readers, and only if they are not into hard sci-fi since this is quite light stuff. It’s 3-stars for the general public, but I would give it 4-stars for young adults.
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