At the librarian's conference, I picked up a couple copies of Advance Reader Copies of books. Last week I finished one that was a CPID (can't put it down)! It is a science fiction story by Anne Osterlund titled Academy 7. I don't know about you, but I have noticed an alarming trend for all the great new books to be science fiction. For example, check out next year's Lone Star list. Anyway, on to the book.
The main characters are Aerin and Dane, freshmen at Academy 7 on planet Academia. The story is told alternating between the two of them as narrators. Aerin has been raised by her father on his ship, never formally educated. His death, however, landed her in a world of terrifying unknowns that are slowly revealed as the story progresses, but end in stability with her acceptance at the most prestigious school. This is where she meets Dane, her academic and combative rival. He is the unfavored son of an infamous general, who forces his son into submission using whatever means necessary. Dane's rebellious ways culminated in his acceptance at the school his father attended but since abandoned. The two are inexplicably tied to one another, in the present, the past and possibly even the future. I thinik it's gonna be a series! Lots of action to supplement the "scientific" part and the romance- this book has it all!