DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Tanner is a bright student who is preparing to take the Test, an examination that slots you into certain universities and can award you scholarships based upon your results. The problem is, at the end of the Test you find out how much your basic education set you back. In the future, all education is funded (at heavy interest rates) by greedy corporations (sounds familiar to the way we do things in this country... rant over). However, life events happen and he does quite poorly on his Test despite being brilliant. This forces him to either go further in debt at a university with no scholarship or to join the Archangel Navy, named after his sector of the galaxy. His best friend Madalyn signs up and convinces him to do the same. The story centers around him going through basic training and beyond.
A group of space pirates have began making it a habit of hijacking luxury space liners and killing off or ransoming the passengers. The Navy, obviously, does not take too kindly to this and begins to hunt them down. Tanner is placed on the ship St. Jude mid way through the novel and tries to find his place among a crew that doesn't want him there.
Overall the book is a fun read, partly because its fast paced and partly because its relatively believable. In this sci-fi novel, there are no angry alien races plotting to destroy humankind, no evil alien technology that could kill us all. There is simply a group of space pirates out for money.
The cover of the novel led me to believe this was a YA book. It is not. Not at all. Not even in the least bit. Graphic language and some sexual content makes this book only for adults.
Check this book out if you're a fan of sci-fi and want a cool twist on the overdone "space Navy basic training" plot (e.g. Old Man's War, Starship Troopers, etc).
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