A mysteriously linked trio will do anything to be chosen for a space mission to escape their frozen planet.
At age 17, Franny Bluecastle’s deathday has arrived. Over 1,000 years ago, scientists discovered how to calculate deathdays, and since then it’s been no mystery when anyone will die. Except Franny doesn’t die on her deathday. Instead, she’s found by Court Icecastle and Mykal Kickfall, two mysterious young men who want to help her. Court and Mykal also avoided their deathdays and, in doing so, became deeply connected: They experience one another’s feelings. Now, Franny is linked to them too. To make matters worse, anyone who learns they’ve outlived their deathdays will try to kill them. The only way out is for all three to be chosen for the Saga 5 Mission, which will take them into space, past anyone’s possible deathday. But it won’t be easy—Mykal and Franny must learn to fit in with the rest of the well-to-do candidates, and Court has an enemy on his trail. Intricate worldbuilding and carefully wrought bonds between the trio make for a heady, immersive ride. The world and its lore unfold seamlessly as they fight their way through it. Readers will ache for the next installment. There is diversity in characters’ skin tones, from pale white to dark brown.
A potently addictive blend of romance, fantasy, and science fiction full of unexpected twists. (Fantasy. 14-adult)