In the sequel to Light Years (2018), the four lead characters struggle to resolve their romantic difficulties and prevent the Sylvans and the Quatrans from destroying each other.
The first Sylvan attack on the Academy was thwarted by Squadron 20, only to be quickly followed by another. Orelia, now unmasked as a Sylvan spy, has a chance to redeem herself by negotiating a cease-fire. Has she already lost Zafir’s love and the friendship of her fellow cadets? The Quatran Academy rewards Arran for his technical talent and bravery in combat, but his breakup with Dash has broken his heart. Vesper is closer than she’s ever been to her mother, but she’s hurt and confused when Rex suddenly breaks up with her. Vesper’s malicious ex-boyfriend discovers that Cormak is impersonating his dead brother, Rex; can Cormak keep both the girl he loves and his place at the academy? Meanwhile, intrafederation tensions still run high for reasons as inscrutable as the expression on Zafir’s handsome face. The four cadets must overcome the terror flooding their veins, jolts of pain and panic, waves of hot anger and cold terror, and a barrage of other emotions to come together and fight for peace. As with the previous volume, there is diversity in the cast, and race is not significant in this world.
A relationship melodrama that runs now hot, now cold but never quite manages to explode. (Science fiction. 12-17)