It's bad enough that Sadira Pascal's father doesn't make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he's always been home for the important things. It's worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira's field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky.
The Central government confirms her father's death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn't believe there's any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star's crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father's work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.
Bright Star captured my interest from the first page and kept me enthralled all the way to the stunning ending. Nickie Anderson paints a wonderfully unique sci fi dystopian suspense novel that is fast paced and exciting!
The characters from Sadira to Baruj to Mr. Pascal are in depth and real. We see a remarkable young woman who is brave but also still very much a child in some ways in Sadira. She is a wonderful leading lady and does quite a bit of growing in the book.
I liked that Bright Star took place in the setting that it did. It was also neat to have all these futuristic gadgets and ships. It all makes this story more unique and interesting to where the reader wants more. Nickie keeps things simple in an elegant way and I look forward to more of her works!
**I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.**