Review – Light Years de Kass Morgan


October 12, 2018 by ceresbooksworld

Light Years de Kass Morgan

Book one in Light Years series

US Publisher : Little, Brown Books

FR Publisher : Collection R

US publication date : October 9th, 2018

FR publication date : 11 octobre 2018

Source : Hardcover

Rating : Evil Love



Reeling from the latest attack by a mysterious enemy, the Quatra Fleet Academy is finally admitting students from every planet in the solar system after centuries of exclusivity.

Hotshot pilot Vesper, an ambitious Tridian citizen, dreams of becoming a captain – but when she loses her spot to a brilliant, wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, it makes her question everything she thought she knew. Growing up on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can get to escape his dead-end life and join the Academy – even if he has to steal someone’s identity to do it. Arran was always considered an outsider on icy Chetire, always dreaming of something more than a life working in the mines. Now an incoming cadet, Arran is looking for a place to belong – he just never thought that place would be in the arms of a Tridian boy. And Orelia is hiding a dark secret – she’s infiltrated the Academy to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone there. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it’ll be her life on the line.

These cadets will have to put their differences aside and become a team to defend their world from a cunning enemy – but the danger might be lurking closer to home than they think…


There are four planets that are grouped under the Quatra, Deva, Chetire, Tri and Loos. The only planet that ever had the right to send young people to the military academy was Tri, but this year 20 young people from each planet are invited. I might as well tell you that this doesn’t please everyone, especially not the Tridians who consider themselves superior to others. They will be trained to fight an enemy.

I’m not summarizing it any further, but this story is set in space, if you liked Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, you’ll like Light Years, you’ll find all the elements that make a masterpiece. The fact that it was written by Kass Morgan, the mother of The 100, only confirms this.

Vesper comes from Tri, his mother is the admiral and she has a lot to prove to her, she has to stay at the academy and the fact that she didn’t get the captain’s place doesn’t work in his favour, his team has to win the competition and all that as a pilot. I liked Vesper, she tries to satisfy her mother, it’s not necessarily a quality but at least she’s a hard worker, it doesn’t bother her to be seen with strangers. She has a self-esteem and her confrontations with Rex are all very funny.

Cormack, aka Rex, comes from Deva, the planet where the air is toxic, he’s intelligent but no one believes in him. He’s going to lie to get into the academy, but there’s a place for him, he’s going to become a captain. I like Rex a lot, he could be a bully but he isn’t, he knows how to defend himself but he doesn’t do it physically and above all he’s a good captain, he knows when to listen to his team.

Arran comes from Chetire, he had the highest score on the admission tests and he’s extremely intelligent, he will have to learn to defend himself and trust others. I like Arran, he’s friendly and the fact that he’s a little naive and insecure makes me want to protect him.

And then there’s Orelia, she’s from Loos, that’s what everyone thinks, she’s also very smart. She’s a little dry at first but you get to know and love her. She’s my favorite character, the most complex and the most evolving.

I loved this book, the characters all get to know each other, work together and cooperate. They are all different and yet they all get along very well together. Which is not the case in the other teams, of course. I’m a little anxious because the end doesn’t bode well, but I’m sure Zafir can’t be that bad.

Kass Morgan is talented and she did a masterstroke with Light Years, I literally devoured this book, I loved it and I look forward to meeting her in December. I had already loved The 100 and she did it again with this wonderful book.

Quick Word: A little nugget to read urgently, a story that reminds us of the Ender’s game.


Il y a quatres planètes qui sont regroupées sous le Quatra, Deva, Chetire, Tri et Loos. La seule planète ayant toujours eu le droit d’envoyer des jeunes à l’académie militaire était Tri mais cette année, 20 jeunes de chaque planète sont conviés. Autant vous dire que cela ne réjouit pas tout le monde, surtout pas les Tridians qui se considèrent supérieurs aux autres. Ils vont être formés à se battre contre un ennemi.

Je ne vous fais pas plus de résumé mais cette histoire se passe dans l’espace, si vous avez aimé la stratégie Ender d’Orson Scott Card, vous aimerez Light Years, on y retrouve tous les éléments qui font un chef d’œuvre. Le fait qu’il ait été écrit par Kass Morgan, la maman de The 100 ne fait que confirmer la chose.

Vesper vient de Tri, sa mère est l’amiral et elle a beaucoup de choses à lui prouver, elle doit rester à l’académie et le fait qu’elle n’est pas eu la place de capitaine ne joue pas en sa faveur, son équipe doit gagner la compétition et tout ça en tant que pilote. J’ai bien aimé Vesper, elle essaie de satisfaire sa mère, ce n’est pas forcément une qualité mais au moins c’est une bosseuse, cela ne la dérange pas d’être vue avec des étrangers. Elle a de l’amour propre et ses confrontations avec Rex sont toutes très drôles.

Cormack, alias Rex vient de Deva, la planète où l’air est toxique, il est intelligent mais personne ne croit en lui. Il va mentir pour rentrer dans l’académie mais il y a sa place, il va d’ailleurs devenir capitaine. J’aime beaucoup Rex, il pourrait être une brute mais il ne l’est pas, il sait se défendre mais ne le fait pas physiquement et surtout c’est un bon capitaine, il sait quand écouter son équipe.

Arran vient de Chetire, il a eu le meilleur score aux tests d’admission et il est extrêmement intelligent, il va devoir apprendre à se défendre et à faire confiance aux autres. J’aime bien Arran, il est sympathique et le fait qu’il soit un peu naif et peu sûr de lui me donne envie de le protéger.

Et enfin il y a Orelia, elle vient de Loos, enfin c’est ce que tout le monde croit, elle est elle aussi très intelligente. Elle est un peu sèche au début mais on apprend à la connaitre et à l’aimer. C’est mon personnage préféré, le plus complexe et celui qui évolue le plus.

J’ai adoré ce livre, les personnages apprennent tous à se connaitre, à travailler ensemble et à coopérer. Ils sont tous différents et pourtant ils s’entendent tous très bien ensemble. Ce qui n’est pas le cas dans les autres équipes bien sûr. Je suis un peu anxieuse parce que la fin ne présage rien de bon mais je suis sure que Zafir ne peut pas être aussi méchant.

Kass Morgan est talentueuse et elle a réussi un coup de maître avec Light Years, j’ai littéralement dévoré ce livre, j’ai adoré et j’ai hâte de la rencontrer en décembre. J’avais déjà aimé The 100 et elle a remis ça avec ce livre magnifique.

En bref : Une petite pépite à lire de toute urgence, une histoire qui rappelle la stratégie Ender.

About the author

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels.


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One thought on “Review – Light Years de Kass Morgan

  1. Fantastic review! Orelia was my favourite character too. I loved her internal conflict.
    Cora |

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