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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
-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
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
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
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
I feel like there could have been... more. I'm not sure what it lacked e...more
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
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
What starts as an academic rivalry soon turns to mutual admiration, and then friendsh...more
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
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“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.”
“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?!”