Sunday, August 14, 2011

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

Aerin Renning is running from a past she would rather have stayed there. Dane Madousin is running to be anything other than what his father wants. When the two meet it is unlikely that they would become friends, but that is exactly what they do. It soon becomes clear that in order to solve the mysteries of the present they need to look to the past, something neither of them want to do.

For Aerin the past means reliving her father's death and the slavery that followed. For Dane it means coming to terms with the loss of his mother and why his father hates him. Together they will make discoveries no other student at the prestigious Academy 7 has ever made - discoveries that could get them killed or bring them closer together. They must unite to unravel a mystery as big as the universe itself. If they don't, they may lose each other forever.

Aerin and Dane are both very strong and likable characters. Aerin, a runaway slave, is mysterious and focused on her schooling. Dane on the other hand has known the comfort of the Alliance his whole life. While he has had a hard home life, this opportunity at Academy 7 has opened doors for his future. He is just as focused as Aerin and while they don't start off as friends they soon become close. The mystery of their parent's pasts bring them even closer as they begin to realize that they have more than friendship between them. Readers will enjoy reading about their interactions and will love the suspense as the story unfolds.

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