Release date: June 2, 2015
Published by: DAW
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: Twitter | Site
Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.
Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
Wow! The last half of this story was fantastic! It's just too bad the first half was so incredibly boring. There were several times that I considered giving up, but I'm really glad I stuck with it and I'm even excited about reading the sequel.
As Nova begins, we're introduced to Lia, a human bomb who has arrived at New Sol Space Station with the purpose of destroying it. She has no memory of who she is, how she got there, or what she accomplishes by exploding inside of a station filled with hundreds of people.
While I love a good mystery, I also like a little action to go along with the story and Nova just didn't deliver. Lia is living life on New Sol, spending time with a boy named Michael, and occasionally having nightmares or memories that answer very few questions about her life or mission. It was all very dull and I just kept waiting for something ...anything... exciting to happen.
The romance isn't really worth writing about. Michael is just a boy who likes a girl. Nothing special going on there. But that's okay with me because I wasn't in this for the romance. I was intrigued by the girl who was a prisoner of war and a genetically engineered bomb and was far less interested in the girl who was developing a crush on the kid who was her childhood friend.
I was roughly 200 pages in before Nova really picked up the pace and became the book that I had been hoping for. The mystery begins to unravel, the world becomes more interesting, and the story finally gets exciting. It all wraps up in a sad, but fascinating, ending that had me immediately checking for information on book 2.
If you're in to young adult sci-fi stories and don't mind a novel with very little action, then I would recommend giving this a try.