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With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin?son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance? consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at spa...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Speak
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Tamora Pierce
Don't let the cover fool you--and it does, completely. It's science fiction. I think there probably is romance, too, but the science fiction is the main element. The story snaps along. It believably shows how the philosophical split between the brightest students in the ruling stellar government's top academy resulted in revolution, and how their children, all unknowing, must live with the results. There's plenty to think about in regard to governments and the governed, and some thought-provokin...more
Phoebe
Don't let the cover fool you.

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund is not a romance novel. Nor is it historical fiction, despite the weirdly archaic choice of dress for the male cover model, the loopy font and embellishments of both the cover and the chapter headings, and the cover copy that wholly obscures the true genre in favor of, instead, oblique references to lurking dangers, dangerous secrets, and undiscovered bonds.

Academy 7 is, in fact, a space opera.

But not just a space opera—this is one of the...more
Karin
Every young citizen of the Alliance between the ages of sixteen and seventeen is given the Academy Entrance Exam. The results of the test determines which Academy the student will attend. Academy 7 is the most prestigious school in all of the Alliance and only the students with the top 50 scores are invited to attend each year.

Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin both receive invitations to Academy 7 and both decide to accept for their own, very different, reasons. Aerin has some deep, dark secrets t...more
Jess
First of all, I enjoyed the writing style in Academy 7. It didn't feel like the typical young adult book - the writing and vocabulary seemed more mature. I also appreciated the subtle building of characters through their actions and dialogue.

The futuristic setting at an elite school and the two well constructed characters, each with different histories, caught my attention immediately. Unfortunately, what goes on between the two of them takes up most of the story. I would have liked to understan...more
Nikki
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Since the age of eleven, all Aerin has known is pain and brutality. After their ship crashes on the x-factor planet of Vizhan, Aerin's father - the only family and other person she knows in the entire universe - dies, and Aerin is sold into slavery. Six years have passed since that terrible day, and Aerin has learned to fight, to fend for herself, and, most importantly, how to break free. Making a desperate last gambit for her freedom, Aerin is able to sa...more
jo mo


the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivated my interest. there wasn't much action or suspense though. but that was ok. there are some really interesting debate scenes though, which gives the reader food for thought.

i was a little disappointed that the main characters were the only ones who were fleshed out. i would have liked to read more pages dedicated to dane's dad for example. while i...more
Reynje

Academy 7 was a step outside of my usual reading tastes, but one I’m glad I took. I am all about expanding my book horizons, these days.

The story revolves around two central characters, Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin, who initially manifest with distinct polarity. Aerin is an orphaned fugitive, making a desperate escape from years of slavery on a despotic planet that has cast off technology and progress in favour of cruelty and “culling”. Dane is the son of a decorated military general, a gifte...more
Kristi
I’m not usually a science fiction literature fan, but Academy 7 has become an exception. Contrary to their futuristic setting the characters are easily relatable to today’s teen. They have many of the same struggles, dreams and desires. Aerin and Dane were well developed and captivating characters to read about.

From the synopsis I was expecting more sinister plot twist than what the story ultimately revealed, but I still really enjoyed the seamlessly intertwined plot that Osterlund surprised me...more
Kay
There is only one thing I hate about this book: it's too damn short! I could have kept on reading Academy 7 for another 500 pages - it was just that good.

Don't be fooled by the cover: Academy 7 is Science Fiction YA. But like all good Science Fiction it is about so much more than space, it's about character. And even while it is all about character, it's also about politics, and intelligence, and standing up and thinking for yourself. Academy 7 managed to weave a complex world behind the main na...more
Brodie
This is one of the few.... perhaps only (my memory really sucks sometimes) science fiction books I've read. And loved every page of it. The cover art and synopsis don't really give much indication that this book is science fiction, but whether you're a sci-fi or not, this is a book for every fan of YA.

Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin are invited to attend the most-exclusive school in the Universe: Academy 7. They accept the honour, but both are running or hiding away from something - .harbouring...more
Elevetha
Sep 13, 2012 Elevetha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet and in the far reaches of space and all the possible alternate universes
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
Absolutely brilliant! I'm not sure I can express how much I love this book and these characters. Or how much I want a sequel. It's a really good book and amazing writing that pulls you in and makes you want more. The characters are so well written; their friendship, flaws, and growth are wonderful. Love it! Highly recommended.

Fan Mix

1.All I need (Within Temptation) - Aerin
2. Be Still (The Fray) - Dane’s POV
3.In My Veins (Andrew Belle ft. Erin Mcarly) - Dane's POV & Aerin
4.Lifeline (Mat Kearn...more
geekgirl
Originally Posted on my blog here

This was a great read! Don't let the cover fool you (this coming from a self-proclaimed Cover-Judger), it's not what it appears to be. It appears to be a (possibly) historical-type romance. In actuality, it's a gripping science-fiction adventure.

This was thrilling and I loved it.

The characters come from completely different worlds--Aerin, an on-the-run ex-slave, and Dane, an unloved second son to a very wealthy and powerful man.

Against all odds, both Aerin and Da...more
Susana
Originally posted at PaperbackWonderland

This was quite an addictive story...
Set in a futuristic sci-fi future, in which space is thread just like any other road...space shifts are as common as cars are in our days, and education is considered fulcral in the development of humankind future (someone should give this book to the portuguese education minister...).

There's a lot of messages in this book, notwithstanding the power of education, and friendship. Do not think however, that this is preachy...more
Amanda
WOW. Is the cover misleading or what? LOL It's definitely a sort of science fiction romance book but it is definitely not how the cover portrays the book. I think this might the only science fiction book that didn't confuse me with a bunch of terms!

1. I love Aerin and Dane's relationship. They don't fall in love right away like most teens in young adult books. They both have special abilities that the other doesn't have which is nice. They sort of complete each other (like a puzzle piece) :D
2. I...more
Libro Joven
Instructions to prepare an Academy 7 à l’orange:

-Take one really fresh Harry Potter and spread it over one cover. Make sure it is absolutely clean of Voldemorts and Prophecies.

-Spread over that a ripe Star Wars. It must have a good dose of spaceships, or else the dish wouldn’t be tasteful. Take away from it the Jedi and the Prophecies, and spread over that a very juicy Anakin Skywalker. It would be better if it was one taken from Attack of the Clones: young, very handsome, a little know-it-all,...more
Hayden
I wanted to like this more than I did, mainly because it's teen sci fi that actually takes place in space, which is kind of rare. Two teens--one essentially a refugee, the other the son of a very powerful man--are accepted to Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe.* After a rocky start, they become friends, find out each others' secrets, and fall in love.

With this cover I doubt I'll ever convince a boy to read it, though there are some halfway decent space chases and such. Mainly...more
H99
Don't be fooled by the cover. This is science fiction. The whole book is not centered around a relationship. And... This may sound unbelievable... but there is no love triangle.
Swati

Set in the futuristic world, where life is not restricted to one planet only but extends to other planets as well, this is a blend of science fiction, romance and mystery.

It narrates the story of Aerin Renning, a girl with a tough past and Dane Madousin, a boy with a lot to live up to. There story seamlessly merges with the fictitious world the author has created, that you are drawn into.

It is confusing in the beginning but the mind of the reader grasps the concept soon enough, If I could sum up

...more
Erica (daydreamer)
I loved Academy 7. It was amazing. I loved Aerin and Dane. I became intrigued by them, and the different secrets they were keeping. Facts about their lives were slowly revealed, and I couldn’t wait to turn the next page to find out their secrets. Their romance was brought on slowly, and deepened at every passing moment. I loved how Anne used science fiction in her story. And when Dane showed Aerin the planet where he lived and the falls, the writing was so descriptive, I felt like I was there, a...more
Arminzerella
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Haley
Enter: Academia, the Alliance's (guess what?) planet of intellect.

Enter: Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the universe. Leaders are molded there, and selection is small- chances of staying if selected after the first term are even smaller.

Meet: Aerin Renning, a thin, plain girl with a frightening past from one of the X planets that has taught her how to survive. She is (one of) the best students there, and definitely the best in the class of fighting and technology. Her sharp mind and e...more
Estara
Feb 15, 2013 Estara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: umm
Recommended to Estara by: The Booksmugglers
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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Gina Denny
First, I feel really dumb for not knowing this was science fiction before I started reading. Had it been more sci-fi than it was, I would have been annoyed. As it was, it was more along the lines of "The Host" in its sci-fi-ness. (Nothing similar among the stories, just that there were sci-fi elements instead of it being totally over the top: the story could happen to anybody, anywhere, the space stuff was just the backdrop)

I feel like there could have been... more. I'm not sure what it lacked e...more
Rebecca
Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin are both seventeen-year-old freshmen at the universe’s most exclusive school, Academy 7. But aside from that, they couldn’t be more different. Aerin has had a very hard life. She has never known her mother, and her father died when she was just eleven, after which Aerin was captured and forced into slavery for six long years, until she finally was able to escape. Dane Madousin was born to privilege, the son of an esteemed general. But the only thing he really want...more
Kim
Dec 06, 2012 Kim rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Sometime in the unidentified future, a consortium of planets known as the Alliance runs the universe. Led by the a group of appointed leaders known as the Council, the Alliance enforces a charter designed to encourage peace, harmony and unity among the planets -- that is, when politics doesn't get in the way.

Sound familiar? Probably: because Gene Roddenberry created a little something like it called Star Trek more than half a century ago.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Anne...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
This book ranked somewhere around 3.5 for me, but since I didn't feel excited enough about it to go as high as 4, I'll have to stick with a 3 star rating.

The story itself is a fast read, and you will find yourself absorbed in the book early on. There isn't a lot of world building to have to muddle through, since the book is a standalone. I consider this both a plus and a minus. I almost wish that the author had considered a series. The plot has a good starting idea, and given the chance to devel...more
Lucy
Aerin is a fugitive, running from the memory of her father’s death and the last seven years of her life on a slave planet. Dane is a privileged rich boy who chafes against the boundaries of his family and his life. The only thing they have in common is that they are both students at Academy 7, the most prestigious school in the Alliance—and that they are both living with buried secrets, secrets that haunt them.

What starts as an academic rivalry soon turns to mutual admiration, and then friendsh...more
Mav
I first heard about Academy 7 through a blog review, which was overwhelmingly positive. A YA SF Romance? I'm in. I finally got the book, after some delays, and found myself disappointed.

First off, I'm not entirely sure whether to call this a SF Romance, or a Romantic SF. Normally, the genre labels wouldn't matter because YA is an all encompassing "genre". But the difference in labels matters to me because they raise you entirely two different set of expectations.

On the SF side, the world build...more
Jenna
I started this book with pretty much no idea what it was about. Finding scifi inside was a surprise. The universe in the book kind of reminded me of Star Wars a little, but I found it very interesting and enjoyed learning about it. I like Aerin and Dane. It was interesting to see them grow and open up throughout the book. They both had their own issues and I liked the way we slowly learn about each of them. I wouldn't have minded a little more romance, but I did like their relationship.

The book...more
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Anne Osterlund grew up in the sunshine of Eastern Oregon and graduated from Whitworth College. She lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Charlotte, and her own library of young adult books. She also teaches sixth grade and enjoys immersing her students in language, literature, and imagination. Anne has written four novels, Salvation, Aurelia, Academy 7, and Exile, all pub...more
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“When you have the same dream over and over again, your brain is trying to solve a problem. It knows there's an answer.” 82 likes
“Look, Aerin, preparation is only half the challenge of winning a debate.”
“And the other half?”
He had her now. “You have to choose the right side.”
“Your side, you mean.” She bristled.
“No, the losing side.”
“What?”
“Always choose the weaker side.”
“Why would I do that?” Doubt edged her voice, but now she was sitting erect, her feet flat on the floor.
“Because then you have further to go to prove your case.” He eased the feet of his chair down. “In a debate, there are two sides. If both make a good argument, then the less popular side wins because that side had further to go to prove its point. Simple logistics.”
“If you don’t care which side wins.” She frowned.
“It’s a debate. It doesn’t matter which side wins.”
“You mean it doesn’t matter to you.” The tone in her voice unsettled him. Or maybe it was the fact that that her criticism disturbed him at all.
“It’s a class,” he said. “The point is to flesh out the different sides of an argument.”
“And you don’t care if the truth gets lost in the shuffle. Don’t you believe in anything?!”
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