Review: The Apollo Academy (The Apollo Academy #1) by Kimberly P. Chase

Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.

Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but 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 most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

To me this book felt way more aimed at young adults, than new adults. There might be one or two scenes I could say were new adult, because of the sexy nature of those moments, but other than that pure young adult for me. I feel because Aurora has led a pretty sheltered life so far, there is that self discovery element and the discovery of boys. Though I am surprised how far she takes it a couple of times, considering her lack of experience, but hey she just goes for it and I can admire that.

What was actually the biggest surprise for me, was the fact that the story is told from two different point of views, namely Aurora and Zane's. Zane being the mysterious boy, who may or may not like Aurora. It's all very confusing, the way first romances always seem to be. His story, to me, was more interesting. Zane's background is completely different than hers, and he has a lot of secrets. So the mystery around him is more cloak and dagger, while hers is more right in your face with people trying to kill her.

For the most part I liked Aurora. She's strong, confident and hard working, but when it comes to guys kind of clueless. That part got a bit on my nerves sometimes, certainly towards the end where everything just gets more confusing when a certain annoying instructor suddenly isn't that annoying anymore. Also I have no clue how that was relevant to the story, except just to create some more side drama.

I do feel we get a great introduction into this world, as the killing attempts don't happen until halfway through. So first we mostly get to see Aurora's struggle of fitting in, before anything really serious starts to happen. Though with Zane it's from the start you slowly get to know what is going on with this guy and what he's hiding.

The ending was kind of fast and abrupt. To me it felt very hasty compared to the rest of the book. Also it's sort of a cliffhanger, as there will be more books in the series, but honestly it really felt like I only read part of a story. While the cliffhanger didn't give me the feeling of "I must have the sequel right now", it did make me wonder where the rest was. So on its own it didn't quite feel like a full story.

So overall not a bad beginning. The characters were interesting enough, there is certainly plenty of drama and the created world on its own is quite fascinating. It's just that to me the overall plot was a bit lacking on Aurora's side of the story. Zane's cloak and dagger part was more my style. I honestly don't know yet if I will read the rest of the series. Young Adults who are looking for an interesting science fiction series, with romance and all the necessary drama, will probably really like this book.

The Author
Kimberly P. Chase writes young adult and new adult science fiction. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's probably hanging out with her family and/or eating copious amounts of chocolate chip cookies.

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