As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.
The first in a four book
new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action
packed story of love, discovery, and survival.
*summary from Goodreads
The Apollo Academy is the first New Adult book I've read. I wasn't sure
what to expect from a book in a genre that is still at its
heart finding its place in the market. But when I read the summary referencing, astronaut
training, female pilots, and hot boys, I instantly knew I needed to get
my hands on this book. And I was not disappointed, in fact I thoroughly
Zane and Aurora are multidimensional characters from two different
ends of the spectrum. But at their cores, they both want the same
thing--to blend in. As heiress to the Titon Technologies, Aurora is
always in the spotlight, the last place she wants to be. Aurora dreams
of being a pilot at The Apollo Academy. However, her goal takes her out of
one spotlight and thrust her into another, as the first and only female
pilot to enter the program. Despite all the claims that Aurora's father
bought her a spot in the program, she is determined to prove she gained
entry on her own merits and surpass every challenge laid out for her.
Her sheer determination while proving herself time and time again was
not only a quality that I loved but also something I identified with as a
As an unknown Zane is constantly scraping to get by. He wants
nothing more than his status as an unknown to be erased and join society
as a normal citizen. Entry into The Apollo Academy is his only chance to
make something of himself and elevate his unknown status. Although his
strong aptitude for tech might be his ticket into the academy, he faces a
different set of challenges. Unknowns usually aren't permitted in the
academy and if anyone finds out his real status, it could mean hell for
Zane. Not to mention hiding a genetic anomaly that could get him kicked
out of training and ruin his chances at a normal life. Despite all his
struggles early on, Zane seems to adapt well to his surroundings and is
extremely likeable from the moment he steps onto the page. He's a
fighter in a much different way than Aurora, and he isn't afraid to get
his hands dirty in the process.
Despite their vastly different backgrounds Zane and Aurora seem
inexplicably drawn to each other. Even with their secrets, each sees the
other for who they truly are rather than what the rest of the world
does. But each stands to lose a lot by getting involved with the other.
Aurora doesn't need any additional distractions in her training. It's
bad enough that her attractive flight instructor, Sky is always on her
case. And Zane has his secrets to maintain too. Not to mention a girl
like Aurora would never date a guy like Zane or would she?
The further into training Zane and Aurora go, the more challenges
they are faced with. In addition to hiding secrets, Aurora finds her
life in danger when several training missions go wrong. It looks like
Terra United, an extremist group bent on stopping the moon mining
missions, could be behind the attacks but there are others who just think
the incidents were simple accidents. Zane's inexplicable need to
protect Aurora draws him into the mysterious mishaps, and they both need
Sky's help to get a closer look at the situation. But Sky has secrets
of his own and no one is sure who they can trust.
As The Apollo Academy unfolds, the reader is faced with secrets,
steamy, tension-filled romance, and the excitement of astronaut
training. The book is well paced and told in three POV's. Although I'm
not sure Sky's POV was needed throughout the story, I still found his
voice unique and interesting. That said, I was immediately drawn to
Aurora and Zane's stories and the two of them really kept me flipping
the pages. Aurora and Zane left me constantly guessing who they could trust,
including each other. As an engineer I enjoyed the aerospace and pilot
elements tied into the book. I contemplated the science surrounding
mining the moon and the potential risks it could have for Earth, but not
so much so that it detracted from the story. I found myself wanting to
know more about Terra United's side of the story and am hoping it is
touched on in future books. All in all, The Apollo Academy is a great book,
with a unique setting and premise, characters you can latch on to, and a
story that reels you in and doesn't let go. I give it 4 stars.