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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins ESE (Earth Space Exploration) in hopes of finding her brother, Daz Winters, one of Command's top pilots who's been reported MIA. Unfortunately, life is tough as a female space cadet and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once. When she fails the second time, ESE’s spy arm SOSA (Special Ops Space Agency) proposes a way for Cassiel to remain in the academy by recruiting her for a dangerous mission. Cassiel sees it as an opportunity to turn her luck around and find her brother as well. Little does she know that she may not be prepared for what she’s about to discover. Sky’s End is Book One of Cassiel Winters series by Lesley Young.
Cassiel is a likable character right away. She is the rookie that readers will root for and matures as the story progresses, although some of her naivety still remains. There are some scenes that I find disturbing, especially some uncomfortable sexual scenes involving Cassiel. I do love the well-thought plot though; it is the main strength of the story. The action scenes are heart-pounding and exciting, as well as vividly portrayed. I find Lesley Young’s world building flawless and excellent. On the other hand, I’m not particularly interested in the love triangle between Cassiel, King and the Prime. Also, a more polished editing could be done. All things considered, Sky’s End is undeniably a great science fiction tale, despite the minor flaws.