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Conscripted and forced to fight for her life.Seventeen-year-old Vega Volante was almost done with her mandatory service to the Axis government. Everyone had told her it would be easy—in and out.Then, the hostile aliens invaded.Now, she slaves away training and retooling a mining ship for war as part of the Star Defenders.All Vega wants is to get home to her family. So, when a chance at officers training opens up, she jumps at the opportunity for more freedom. But there are only five slots, and Vega must use all her planetborn skill to fight for her place.As if that wasn't enough, the ship's condition continues to worsen. "Accidents" may not be accidents. The lines between friends and enemies blur, and Vega realizes there's a lot more at stake than her chance at freedom.Fans of Aurora Rising, Ender’s Game, and Brandon Sander’s Skyward will devour this story of adventure, mystery, and friendship.

279 pages, Kindle Edition

Published November 14, 2019

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3,035 reviews646 followers
March 1, 2021
Seventeen-year-old Vega Volante was almost done with her mandatory service to the Axis government when she finds herself in deep space on a mining craft that is being converted to a warship after hostile aliens invade the galaxy.

She and other cadets are being trained as they help convert the ship. Vega is planet born and had hoped to return home to help her parents on their farm. Five positions at the officers’ training academy might be her ticket home. She will need to prove herself however she has already raised the ire of her commanding officer.

When a series of accidents occur, Vega sets out to prove its sabotage, but first she’ll need to save her teammates.

Stewart offered a well paced, developed storyline with characters that kept me engaged. She offered a motley crew of trainees that needed to work together from the nerd, to the kid from the wrong side of the tracks.

I enjoyed Vega from her inner dialogue to the awkward moments with the cute boy. I found myself caught up as she tried to navigate a difficult roomie, a commanding officer who seems to despise her and a fellow cadet who has it out for her. Vega felt genuine, and her growth was realistic.

We learn just enough of the world to engage us as the author weaved in tidbits along the way. This allowed for a fast-paced adventure. The story offered twists and tested each of the characters.

I am hoping for a prequel about the alien sighting and world. Meanwhile, Stewart wrapped up this first story while setting up the next in series.

Brenda Scott Wlazlo offered a stellar narration from tone to unique voices for each character. While the POV belongs to Vega, she added depth and made listening a pleasure. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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Author 15 books13 followers
November 8, 2019
Star Trek Meets Harry Potter!

I absolutely loved this author’s “Ionia Chronicles” so I was thrilled to hear she has a new series coming out! I read Conscript quickly and didn't want to put it down!

Author Pamela Stewart has a gift for world-building. Her universe in Conscript, specifically the ship, was so visual to me I felt like I was watching a Star Trek episode! I could smell the acrid odor of fuel and feel the metal hum of the ship beneath my feet, as she created a world for her characters. Likewise, her characters are very three-dimensional, and she has constructed a very different and detailed world in the “hub” from where three of them come.

Our main character, Vega, is on board a ship in order to fulfill her one-year military service. Far from home and missing her farm and family, Vega is already different from most of the other conscripts based on her size and the fact that she is planet-born, and not hub-born. There is also rumor she has seen aliens.

When things start going wrong, Vega realizes that all is not as it seems, and that danger is afoot.

The other three supporting characters all have interesting pasts and very distinct personalities. It’s interesting to watch them get to know each other along with the rivalry and pettiness that we often see among young people.

This book puts me in mind of a Harry Potter in space, as our four characters think they’re there to learn and fulfill a service, when a bigger, uglier threat comes upon them and they must work together to survive.

I loved this space adventure! Pamela Stewart is well on her way to becoming a stellar force in the world of Sci-fi authors! I can’t wait for her next book!
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Author 1 book7 followers
November 3, 2019
First of all, THAT COVER!! <3 <3 <3 I love how the character on the cover perfectly matched up with Vega's don't-fuck-with-me attitude.

Okay, cover aside, this novel was one helluva rollercoaster ride with nonstop action right from the get go. The cast ensemble was a delightful mix of personalities--from Commander Wu's hard-assery to Amelie's genius-level smarts to Dax's chillax 'ttude. I really enjoyed seeing how the various characters evolved throughout the course of the plot.

Speaking of plot, while I thought I had many good predictions about Who/What was sabotaging the ship, the truth turned out to be something wayyy off target yet something that was still totally plausible, so kudos to the author! (I generally have a pretty good haunch for plot predictions, so it's pretty rare for me to be completely off target) There were many subplots woven into the main story as well, and I'm so curious to figure out what happened to Vega's brother, why Amelie was denied Academy access, and of course, what's up with the aliens. Despite the unfinished subplots, the novel still felt like it had a solid ending with a strong springboard into the sequel.

And finally, Vega, the star of the show. I really enjoyed Vega's character and found her personality to be relatable and realistic and very rootable. Her narrative voice was easy to read and watching her transform from the loner/underdog into a rogue leader was a joy. Her bites of sarcasm also made the voice fresh and punchy to read as well.

In conclusion, I would recommend CONSCRIPT to anyone who loves a fast-paced, cast ensemble sci-fi! I imagine fans of THE DISASTERS and WARCROSS would gobble up CONSCRIPT.
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4 reviews
March 11, 2021
Have you ever had to choose between your dreams and obligations?
That tough choice was my favorite part of the story. Conscript blends Ender’s Game with Aurora Rising. If you’re looking for a romantic young adult story set in space with a strong and kindhearted female lead, you won’t be disappointed with reading or listening to the audiobook Conscript.
This is a transcript of the video book review at:
My love language is traveling. I spent some time exploring all around Colorado including climbing up the snow covered Helen Hunt Falls. One of the coolest places I’ve visited was the Paint Mines in Colorado. They are also well known for their naturally colored sandstone with shades of pinks, yellows, and oranges. As you can guess by the name of the location, the sandstone was used to paint things like pottery. Artifacts as old as 9,000 years reveal people have visited this location for a long time.

Along with traveling, I love to read (or listen to audiobooks when I have a migraine). Lately I’ve been getting into science fiction with young main characters. One of the books that got me interested was Ender’s Game. It has an amazing story with a fantastic payoff. I recommend reading the book before watching the movie if you’re interested.

Part of the reason I began filling my digital bookshelf with young adult science fiction is because I like learning about what life could be like in the future, especially from a teenager’s perspective. Have we discovered aliens, and if so, what are they like? Does the main character start off on earth and travel? Or is she raised on another planet? If so, what is that planet like?

While exploring many locations, I take photographs of books while I’m there. I like the theme, main elements of the book, or its cover to relate to the location. I picked the book Conscript for the Paint Mines because the spot is so other-worldly looking. And the main character named Vega was raised on a planet distant from earth. I’m not sure how similar the Paint Mines look compared to Vega’s home, especially since she grew up on a farm, but I can’t help but feel a connection to her when hoodoos are more common than cars.

How different would my life have been if I, too, were raised somewhere that looked more like the Paint Mines and less like my hometown of Washington, D.C.? I’ll probably never know, so for now I’ll settle with seeing the world (or should I say universe) through Vega’s eyes.

Now onto my review for the book Conscript.

Conscript by Pamela Stewart

Audiobook narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo

To start off my review of Conscript by Pamela Stewart (audiobook narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo), here are two haikus (or bite-sized poems).

Haiku 1

Aliens invade

Marching into the unknown

Star Defenders war

Haiku 2

A comet burning

Embers glimmer and brighten

Vega wars brighter

Branded as “the girl who cried aliens” after living through an attack, Vega Volante is conscripted into the military to prepare for an invasion. She is stationed on Lazarus, a decrepit mining ship being repurposed into an instrument of war. The young woman is at odds with herself. Part of her wants to return home to her family farm while another part yearns to pilot a spaceship that races through the inky darkness of space. Will she get a chance to decide which path to take? Or will accidents on the ship take more than just her choices away from her?

Vega looks deeper than the surface level with not only trying to puzzle out the cause behind the accidents, but also what’s going on with her fellow crewmen. She says, “I see you, the real you.” She’s a character you can’t help but cheer for.

This first book in the Star Defenders Series has a great mix of modern-day sayings and terms with original ones. It’s full of sci-fi descriptions like “If it were possible for blood to run cold, mine instafroze.” I was impressed with how Conscript balanced necessary scientific explanations with imaginative original ideas like the plant that consumes bees called “sticky’s.” I also enjoyed the fun futuristic inventions like the junk food called Guzzle Bits. They smell like potato chips drizzled with chocolate and are designed to match your taste buds.

Conscript blends Ender’s Game with Aurora Rising. If you’re looking for a romantic young adult story set in space with a strong and kindhearted female lead, you won’t be disappointed with reading or listening to the audiobook Conscript.

Ratings: PG-14 for language, violence, and brief sexual content.

Don’t forget to check out the Behind the Scenes video featuring The Paint Mines.

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656 reviews74 followers
October 30, 2021
What a ride! And I mean that both figuratively and (kinda) literally. The story was really interesting and had me rooting for Vega from the beginning. Life on a starship is surely interesting, but especially so as a Conscript. The pace was good, the descriptions were on point, both creating a believable, "familiar" setting in the reader's mind while at the same time not using too many new terms (even though it's set many, many years into the future). The science part is not overwhelming, and it all made sense (from technology and medicine to food and even the aliens). And while I loved reading how the friendships Vega made came to be, I especially enjoyed the flying chapters (they felt so real!).

The narrator was so, so good. I loved Vega's voice, and how different all the other voices were (Amalie, Dax, Ethan, the Commander, the Captain...). She nailed all the nuances, especially Vega's anger-fueled moments, but also the moments of doubt, longing, fear, excitement, and joy. Seriously, she took the reading/listening experience to a whole new level. Oh, and her making the "technology sounds", like whoosh or pings made me smile every time. :)

Overall, a great story and listening experience that I'd recommend to fans of the genre as well as the author. Also props to the author for tying off a story and not leaving it in a cliffhanger. However, due to content, I probably won't be continuing this series.. ~ 3.5 stars

Language: a lot: d**n, s**t, bu**, ba**s, etc.
Sex: none (there isn't even kissing), but even though it's frowned upon that opposite-sex crewmen stay the night together in one of their cabins, all (female?) military are in "some kind of birth control."
Drugs: not per se, but the "nebula experience" is described as something with similar effects. Characters engage in it while drinking.
Other: MC thought at seeing her roommate dressed up is "I'm sure I'm hetero, but seeing her made me doubt it for a second."
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184 reviews101 followers
February 19, 2021
Vega Volante was almost done with her mandatory service to the Axis government. Until her squad was attacked by aliens. Only...she is the only survivor, and many don't believe her story.

The attack on her squad caused the government to extend all of the active military contracts, including her conscription. Now she's stuck on a far out post training for war when she should be helping her family with the harvest.

As if most of the other soldiers disbelief of her story didn't make her enough of a pariah, she's also a "grounder," someone who was born on a world instead of in space. She's shorter and stronger than her space born counterparts.

So when an accident on her first day at her new post results in her saving the life of a fellow cadet with her strength should have given her some credit, instead she finds suspicion aimed at her, not only from her fellow soldiers but also from command.

Not to mention the fact that she knows she didn't make up the story about the aliens. And she knows how little good their human weapons are against them.


Do you ever read a book and get mad that it isn't more popular, that you've never heard of it? Well, here I am, pissed off that people know about Brian Sanderson's Skyward series but they've never heard of Pamela Stewart. As an avid sci-fi fan I'm always excited to see women writing the non-romance version of sci-fi, something I so rarely see. That's why I picked it up.

But I didn't expect it to be THIS good. If it was THIS good why haven't I heard of it? Maybe because it's independently published, maybe because the author is female. Either way I intend to rectify this situation by telling every sci-fi reader I know about this series and this author.

Vega is just the right amount of vulnerable and just the right amount of strong. She makes a few bad choices - it is YA after all and she's only 17 - to further the plot without being annoying. Her new squad is full of misfits like her, people who don't fit the mold, and they are all so interesting and fun. I've got such a "thing" for a squad of misfits. What can I say, it's a trope I love!

The only criticism I have of this book is that I want MORE. I wanted it to be longer, I wanted more everything - more world building, more training, more mystery and people acting weird and not knowing why - twists and turns and the unpredictability! Yes yes yes, I want more!

5 Stars, I can't wait to read the second book! (And if you're wondering - yes, I did follow Pamela Stewart on Amazon so that I can binge read everything she's published! She's an indie writer to watch folks!)
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108 reviews
January 22, 2021
I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would! I will admit, it started off kind of slow for me, with the action picking up around chapter seven. It is very similar to Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward, so I definitely recommend picking this series up if you are liked Sanderson’s YA space adventure! I feel like Spensa and Vega would have a great friendship!

I definitely enjoyed reading about Vega’s experiences in space and felt connected to her and her friends’ cause! That was for sure my favorite part! This book also had surprising twists and turns that I never expected!

“𝕀𝕗 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕤𝕖𝕖𝕞𝕤 𝕥𝕠𝕠 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕖 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕖, 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝕦𝕤𝕦𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝕞𝕒𝕕𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕦𝕤𝕥.”

Since Vega is a Planetborn, she constantly has to prove herself to everyone around her. She also has to deal with people labeling her as “the girl who saw the aliens and survived”, all while trying to prove they’re a dangerous threat to humanity’s survival.

She learns how to trust and open up to those around her. The Star Defenders motto “bonded forever” is a constant theme throughout, proving that friendship, trust, and belief in one’s self will always prevail.

“𝔻𝕠𝕟’𝕥 𝕘𝕖𝕥 𝕤𝕚𝕕𝕖𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕔𝕜𝕖𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝 𝕘𝕣𝕦𝕕𝕘𝕖𝕤. ℝ𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕞𝕓𝕖𝕣, 𝕓𝕠𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕚𝕤𝕟’𝕥 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕕𝕤 𝕨𝕖 𝕤𝕒𝕪. 𝕀𝕥 𝕞𝕖𝕒𝕟𝕤 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘... 𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕞𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕒 𝕕𝕚𝕗𝕗𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖. 𝕐𝕠𝕦’𝕣𝕖 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤, 𝕍𝕖𝕘𝕒. 𝕍𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕. 𝕐𝕠𝕦’𝕝𝕝 𝕗𝕚𝕟𝕕 𝕒 𝕨𝕒𝕪.”

Thanks to Pamela for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! Now on to Cadet!
December 30, 2020
I just finished reading Conscript: Space Opera Adventure (Star Defenders, Book 1) by Pamela Stewart and let me tell you, it was one wild ride. I was already sitting on the edge of my seat by the time I was 5% into the story. And the adrenaline increases from there.

The story centers around Vega Vilante, a planetborn crewman on the starship Lazarus. She and three new friends are in training while they face equipment malfunctions and sabotage, disciplinary action, tough training standards, relationship issues, betrayal, and imprisonment. It is up to them to save the day!

I appreciate the creativity that went into this world building. It is a little bit Ender's Game meets Harry Potter with a strong female lead. The main characters all have their own distinct personalities and backstories, which makes for good reading when their opinions clash and also when romance blooms. The ship's Captain and Commander are also stand out characters; I like the relationship between Vega and the Commander and how it grows and changes during the course of the book.

I found myself rooting for these characters and I want to know what happens to them next. I will definitely be reading about them in the next book, Star Defenders Book Two:Cadet.

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,225 reviews5 followers
December 22, 2020
A new addition to my library but looked interesting, with a good origin story amongst the usual space academy/1st posting type of scenario this does well to get you attention as numerous life threatening incidents put our main MC under scrutiny. Without too many spoilers some of the story drifts into the usual teen angst / feelings but works quite well. Not quite the appeal of Webers Harrington ,but i feel a pattern coming out. Narration by Wlazlo suited this story well and she does a great job with this helping to bring this up to the 4.5 stars overall. I would check out the characters/ stories again as it has piqued my interest
199 reviews2 followers
January 3, 2021
Conscript follows Planetborn girl Vega as she is sent to a far mining ship that is being refit for active duty following sighting of hostile aliens. The thing is - Vega herself is the one who saw the aliens and there are many people who don't believe her since there's no recordings of the encounter.

I enjoyed how relationships between Vega and her recruits and the leadership of the ship evolved over time as opinions formed and reformed. Too often enemies at the start mean enemies throughout and vice versa.

My favorite character has to be Amalie, though. I cannot wait to learn more about her in the next book, as I feel a lot about her past hasn't been revealed yet.
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Author 20 books586 followers
March 13, 2020
I picked this up because the blurb sounded interesting and that cover is amazing! I'm not usually a bit sci-fi reader, but this was an amazing book and pulled me in on the first chapter. Following Vega through her conscription, through finding out what's really going on on the ship and everything else that goes with it. It's beautifully written and will make you love the characters, even the ones that seem unlikable! I very much enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the next in the series!
445 reviews4 followers
October 5, 2020
A rollicking sci for adventure with a spunky heroine. She’s a reluctant hero ... but she won’t leave anyone behind. I could not put this down! I received a free copy of this book, with no obligation.
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722 reviews22 followers
February 12, 2021
Conscript by Pamela Stewart
Couldn't put it down! Vega is a great, tough as nails character and the storyline had me hooked from the beginning. I listened to the audio version and the narration was well done!
Great sci-fi adventure!
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1,010 reviews16 followers
February 16, 2021
What an amazing adventure! I loved seeing our MC deal with her inner struggles and overcome multiple obstacles. Watching friendships form and betrayals emerge. This was non stop action and I can’t wait for the next book.
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125 reviews
April 28, 2020
This was a wonderful story. Solid story line, characters were well rounded and enough action to keep you on the edge of my seat. Humor offsets the intensity of the story. I read the prequel, Salvage, and that set the stage for this wonderful book. Action comes fast, ferocious and in large quantities. An intriguing mystery Is interwoven in the story, a lot of hints but no conclusion. If you like science fiction and mystery this one is a real winner.
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331 reviews
January 1, 2021

Loved every freaking page of this story! Such good plot, character build and detail. The twists and turns will keep you on your toes!
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75 reviews
June 3, 2022
I did finish this though it was a bit of a chore in the end. I found the MC a bit unlikeable and inconsistent. Good plot.
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Author 4 books11 followers
October 26, 2019
I got to read an advanced copy of this at the courtesy of the author in exchange for a review. I have mixed feelings about it. I enjoyed it to some extent, but there were problems that really detracted, for me. There are a lot of proofreading errors. I can understand a few, because things slip by even the best proof readers sometimes, but this has heaps of errors, some of which cause confusion within the dialogue.

There is also inconsistency both in the details of some of the action, and within the main character. I’m not really sure how I feel about Vega. On the one hand she really cares about her family and her friends, and on the other she has a seriously hot temper that just doesn’t gel with the compassion she also shows. Normally that wouldn’t bother me, but she goes from sweet and caring to “I’m ready to kill someone” in the matter of a sentence or two. She has major attitude, and even by the end of this book it’s not really clear why.

There is a subplot in this surrounding Vega’s family that is alluded to frequently, but never really addressed. It left me feeling like there is a lot that I don’t know about her, and I might feel differently about her character if I understood her background better.
I did, however, really like her friends! Her crew of friends that she’s spending time with are pretty fun. The cast was engaging and compelling. I’m definitely invested in what happens to them in the near future… it’s a little weird to feel more attached to the supporting characters than to the primary character.

So I feel conflicted. This book was longer than it needed to be in order to get to the climax of this part of the story, and it left a lot of questions just hanging out there. At the same time… I feel invested in the story, and I want to know what happens next. I’m not really sure what that means lol This was a good idea, and I appreciate seeing the unfolding of a potential alien threat through the eyes of a new recruit, although the way her training plays out isn’t all that original (very Top Gun), it just needed polishing. I do want to know what happens next, so I’m in this for the series, but I’m not feeling so invested that I’m in “book hangover” mode.
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859 reviews29 followers
November 14, 2019
Conscript is the first of a thrilling new sci-fi trilogy set in space that hits all my favorite tropes as our heroine, Vega, a new conscript to the Axis military, has to find a way to prove herself, make friends, stay alive, and – oh, yeah – maybe survive the coming alien attack, all while being a weirdo Planetborn – an oddity among the other new soldiers her age who were mostly born on one of the many stations or satellites that make up the Axis. Due to the renewed threat from tentacle-y aliens – a threat that she’s responsible for discovering, which puts her in the uncomfortable position of being the messenger of controversial tidings – Vega finds her terms of service extended past when she thought she be able to return to her parents, who desperately need her strength beside them on the family farm. Among the different Axis factions are those who welcome the return to armed readiness and conflict, while others doubt her experiences with the tentatcled beings who attacked her and resent the escalation of military preparation. It might turn that it’s the people around her – not the hostile aliens – who are the real threat.

I really enjoyed how Vega is such a kind, decent person despite every opportunity she has to simply turn her back on her fellow conscripts when something isn’t her problem or simply as retaliation for all the slights and snubs that they aim her way. But Vega is a genuinely good person who can’t help but try to help. There are spaceship flight lessons, trips planetside, and tricky political situations that Vega has to learn to navigate, which makes for a fast-paced and entertaining read. But alongside all the action and space mayhem, Vega and her fellow conscripts, notably Amelie and Dax, forge real friendships despite rocky beginnings (and maybe a bit of a rocky middle) and end up as a genuine squad, capable of meeting whatever danger the galaxy throws at them.
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340 reviews27 followers
November 2, 2019
by Pamela Stewart
Book One of Star Defenders series
Release date: 11/14/19
Rating: 4/5

This story was so much fun! Having never read anything from this author before, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed her storytelling! Pamela Stewart has created a super interesting world that I would love to get lost in. Her characters are flawed but the reader still wants to root for them and discover the truth. Definitely lost some sleep trying to finish the story.

Vega Volante is a 17-year-old who just wants to get home after performing her 1 year mandatory military service to the Axis government. Unfortunately, hostile aliens attack and she's the only survivor. She gets sent to an old mining ship for more training to fight the incoming war. However, if she has to fight, Vega longs to be a pilot. As someone who grew up on land and not in space, she is stronger and has a different view on life. As she tries her best in training to show she is officer material, she and her crewmates find themselves experiencing "accidents" that could have been fatal if Vega had not stepped in and saved the day with her strength and quick thinking. What is going on? Will Vega and her friends be able to figure it out before someone dies? Who can Vega trust?

This story kept me on my toes and constantly guessing who was behind what and who had betrayed who. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series and will anxiously await the next book.

Highly recommend if you are a sci-fi fan.

My thanks to the author for an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.
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544 reviews5 followers
December 16, 2019
I saw this book advertised somewhere else (can't remember where) and decided it looked interesting enough to try. On the whole, I enjoyed the book and it has that "underdog saves the day" scenario that I really enjoy in a book. The story was compelling and the characters interesting. There were enough pieces of action to keep things moving along. The one thing that I really thought could have been better was some of the character backgrounds and the interaction between characters in the military sense. There's a bit of a story to the main character but it's only alluded to in this book. I'm thinking that there must be another book that explains her background in a bit more detail. I really would have liked more background detail on some of the other characters as well, particularly the Captain, Commander, and Ethan. One thing that did not feel right was the character of the so called spy (which I'll refer to in the general sense in order to avoid spoilers). When it's revealed that this character is not just another green crewman, but in fact an actual member of the military on a larger undercover military mission, you'd expect them to come out and take charge in situations where they are the senior member. This didn't happen and, in fact, this person still felt content to simply defer to other recruits in an emergency situation. I found that odd. On the whole, however, it was a good start and I will definitely continue on with the series.
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164 reviews16 followers
October 22, 2019
I really liked this book! It's a very strong start to a new space opera series. The characters are likable, the plot is interesting and has excellent pacing, and the universe has great potential. The main character, Vega, is a totally kickass heroine who, despite being good enough at things to be a convincing lead, isn't perfect at everything (which I find happens often in books and makes characters wonder-saviors and I think that's terribly boring). She listens to her friends and they actually contribute to her success. I could have used a little more character-building with the core cast, since we went from one challenge to the next without any real downtime between events in which to get to know everyone, but I still think that you get to know the players well enough to be invested in their story and their relationships. I also like that the romance takes a back seat to the main plot. Just enough to keep it interesting, but not driving the entire story! It definitely has room to grow in the next book. I'm definitely looking forward to finding out what happens! This is a good book if you liked Aurora Rising (Amie Kaufman), The Sirantha Jax series (Ann Aguirre), or the Paradox series (Rachel Bach).

*I received an advanced copy of this book but the opinions in this review are completely my own
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648 reviews38 followers
November 23, 2019
After reading this book, I wanted to write and post this review to share my honest experiences toward the story. It is an exciting, sci-fi thriller filled with action and suspense, and a great theme of friendship.

Imagine being conscripted to fight a war in space? Excited? Our heroine, Vega Volante, isn’t. All she wants is to go home to her family. When a chance for officer training opens up, Vega jumps at the chance. The only problem is that there are only five slots available, and she isn’t the only one interested in this opportunity. It’s an exciting competition as our heroes are forced to use their skills in ways they never have had to in the past, and some people they could trust before become enemies. If you like sci-fi with a mystery element, then this is definitely one for you! I personally enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
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365 reviews13 followers
October 12, 2021
A great space opera.

Conscript easily brings you into the worlds and ways of survival after our solar system can no longer support life due to the sun. Those in-training have distinct personalities, mysteries, and intrigues. The two main characters who are in charge are extremely different in personality, but you can understand how the commander serves the captain with her strong sense of duty.

There were some great surprises along the way - even ones I didn't suspect, but they made sense! I loved the bonds that Vega makes and strengthens as the action and mystery continues to build throughout the story. (No spoilers, so I'm not going to name names)

Definitely looking forward to bk 2 and I hope that we get some questions answered while the team gets stronger together.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,160 reviews10 followers
November 17, 2019
I really enjoyed this book.
Vega Volante was set to go home after mandatory service was over. Then the aliens attacked and she was conscripted to continue her service.
New recruits Amelie, Daxson(Dax) Smith and Vega are grouped together for a flying lesson by Commander Wu. Everything is going good as they are moving the shuttle into place when all Hell breaks out. Things go from bad to worse but the 3 become true friends. Ethan is Dax’s roommate and swoon worthy and good at everything but Vega is not certain how she feels about him. There is too many things going wrong on board the Lazarus and they’re going to figure it out.
This book has deception, betrayal and romance with strong characters and awesome friendships.
938 reviews4 followers
December 2, 2019
All Vega wanted was to go home to her home planet, but instead she instead she goes to a remote mining starship to see if she has the potential to be a starship pilot. Vega has two strikes going against her. First she is planetborn and the second is that she was the one that saw the aliens. Potentially deadly accidents start happening to the recruits. Vega and her new mates will need to work together to stay safe. I received a free copy of this ebook from Six Queens. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is a suspenseful YA scifi book. It is a fun read which I really enjoyed.
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Author 2 books19 followers
November 30, 2019
This sci-fi is a page-turner! It has good world-building, interesting characters, plenty of action, and a bit of romance. Accidents are happening and they seem to always be around Vega Volante. When she steps in to help, her motives are questioned. It's hard to make friends when everyone is against you, but Vega holds on to her inner compass and eventually builds a few lasting friendships. They want to make it into the Academy, but will they survive the rust bucket with all the strange happenings?

I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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1,141 reviews6 followers
December 7, 2019
Vega just wants to finish her time and get home to help her parents. However due to events her time is extended. Along the way, she managed to make some real friendships. Even with all that is going on she remains a kind and decent person. I look forward to seeing what Vega, Amelie and Dax get up to in the next book.
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