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Sky Chasers Series, Book 2

Waverly, Kieran and Seth are in a race against time – and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, there's no room for mistakes...

After a desperate escape from the enemy ship, Waverly has finally made it back to the Empyrean. The memory of home has been keeping her alive for the past months... but home is nothing like she left it. Forced to leave their captive parents behind on the New Horizon, she's returned only to find that Kieran has become a strict leader and turned the crew against Seth. What happened to the Kieran she thought she knew? Now Waverly's not sure whom she can trust. And the one person she wants to believe in is darkly brilliant Seth, the ship's supposed enemy. Waverly knows that the situation will only get worse until they can rescue their parents – but how?

Before they have time to make a plan, an explosion rocks the Empyrean, and Seth and Waverly are targeted as the prime suspects. Can they find the true culprit before Kieran locks them away... or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Now more than ever, every step could bring them closer to a new beginning – or a sudden end.

Waverly, Kieran and Seth are in a race against time – and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, there's no room for mistakes...

After a desperate escape from the enemy ship, Waverly has finally made it back to the Empyrean. The memory of home has been keeping her alive for the past months... but home is nothing like she left it. Forced to leave their captive parents behind on the New Horizon, she's returned only to find that Kieran has become a strict leader and turned the crew against Seth. What happened to the Kieran she thought she knew? Now Waverly's not sure whom she can trust. And the one person she wants to believe in is darkly brilliant Seth, the ship's supposed enemy. Waverly knows that the situation will only get worse until they can rescue their parents – but how?

Before they have time to make a plan, an explosion rocks the Empyrean, and Seth and Waverly are targeted as the prime suspects. Can they find the true culprit before Kieran locks them away... or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? Now more than ever, every step could bring them closer to a new beginning – or a sudden end.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Waverly, Kieran, and Seth are reunited after being imprisoned on an enemy ship that was attacked, resulting in the death of almost every adult on board. Though the three are thrilled to be back, the reality of their situation soon has them at odds. Ilyana Kadushin adequately voices Waverly, the once trusted leader of the girls, as she struggles to reclaim her status and sort through her conflicted romantic feelings. Matthew Brown taps into Kieran's doubts and fears for the future, which involves an act of revenge and then, he hopes, safety. This volume is more character driven than the first book, GLOW, and the story development is slower paced. But fans will surely stick with this second chapter of the EMPYREAN's voyage. J.M. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine
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    December 1, 2012

    Gr 9 Up-In Glow (2011), the first book in the series, the Empyrean was first attacked by their sister ship, the New Horizon, and almost every adult on board perished. Then, the New Horizon's leader kidnapped every girl child to use for procreation purposes. In Ryan's second title (2012, both St. Martin's Griffin), it is only through a brash plan and the acknowledgment that the few remaining adult crew members being held for ransom will not be able to be saved that the eldest girl, Waverly, can reunite the girls with their brothers and friends again. As their relieved elation fades, harsh realities set in, and each child begins to buckle from the strain. Waverly, now blamed by many for failing to save their parents, questions her feelings for Kieran, the boy she once loved, but no longer recognizes. Kieran has turned to religion, hoping to unite and buoy the entire crew. He has also become power hungry and hardened after almost being killed by his rival, Seth. Meanwhile, Seth has been languishing in the brig, until a stowaway releases him to create a distraction to mask his own nefarious actions. Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown both bring depth to their characters, narrating the tough decisions that Waverly and Kieran must make as they attempt to lead their ship to safety. Seth's added perspective brings action and danger to the story line, keeping the pace moving, though this book is much more character driven than the previous title. Fans of the first audiobook will clamor for this sequel.-Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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