Book Review: Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston


Title: Aetherbound

By: E.K. Johnson

Genre: SciFi

Pages: 256

Release Date: May 25th, 2021

Publisher: Dutton

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

A thought-provoking new YA space adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka.

Set on a family-run interstellar freighter called the Harland and a mysterious remote space station, E. K. Johnston's latest is story of survival and self-determination.

Pendt Harland's family sees her as a waste of food on their long-haul space cruiser when her genes reveal an undesirable mutation. But if she plays her cards right she might have a chance to do much more than survive. During a space-station layover, Pendt escapes and forms a lucky bond with the Brannick twins, the teenage heirs of the powerful family that owns the station. Against all odds, the trio hatches a long-shot scheme to take over the station and thwart the destinies they never wished for.


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Well, that was unexpected. I've always been a fan of E.K. Johnson's Star Wars books, and was glad to get my hands on this book. Its something new and wonderful, full of surprises around every turn.

In this new world, people have special abilities that can help them navigate space ships or help out in other ways. Some are more special than others. On the Pendt's family ship, things are hard and our main character grows up thinking that she is nothing special. When she see a chance to escape, she takes it and starts her own life on a space station. When she realizes she has the most rare ability of them all, one that was of the utmost value to her family, she knows they will come looking for her, but that's not the only secret they've been keeping from her. As family goes, they are not the outstanding citizens she had believed her whole life. They are knee deep in human tracking, and this crime was also at the expense of her twin sister.

Love and honor come into play when Pendt realizes what her abelites are capable of and of course all hell breaks lose when the family cruiser comes looking for her.

A wonderful story within a unique world. Loved it from start to finish. Five stars.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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