Series: Heaven's Edge, #1
Author: Jennifer Silverwood
Category: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5
*ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Qeya has spent her life set to drift on heaven's edge. Being Royal means more than being groomed to rule her home planet. She can't do much about her red hair, but she knows how to wield a scythe blade and suck the life out of her enemy, literally.
Destined to be the Orona, the Voice of her people, she does her best to train the children and overcome her secret fears. The fact that her whole life has already been planned out for her, including the person she will marry, has never occurred to bother her.
Until her ship is attacked and nearly everyone on board is murdered. If she hadn't run into the filthy miner who saved her life, Second Deck might never have jettisoned into the atmosphere of the hostile world her people were exploring.
Now, the Royal children have become the backwater scions of the universe, and the miner who saved her is the only thing standing between them and the hungry beasts hunting them.
Forced to lead before she is ready, Qeya must find a way to put aside ancient prejudices so they can all survive. Old enemies must form new alliances if they are to last the night. For no one knows the secrets of the new world and only a few can survive the living nightmares at heavens edge.
‘“Some battles choose us. The rest we must choose.”’
Now, I was really clueless when I went into Qeya, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And let me just state, Qeya was really unexpected. At first, I thought it was going to be a more steampunk kind of read, however, turns out it only had a slight steampunk feel. It was a Sci-Fi book, and I didn’t imagine it would be what it was… if that makes any sense!!
To be honest, I have never read a book like Qeya before. The whole time while reading it, I kept mumbling to myself ‘I really like this’ over and over again. And of course, if you do that, you know it’s a going to be an enjoyable book. Well, Qeya was a really nice, short, and sweet read.
Qeya, a ‘hunan’, is on the run with her family and members of her race, from the ones that took over her home planet. They are searching through space, drifting about until they are ready to return home and claim what is rightfully theirs. Drifting along the edge of Heaven, Qeya does her duty, teach and prepare those younger than her, and she takes her duties seriously. Then one day while she is up on deck One, giving her daily report to her mother, those that live in the lower decks, Miners, come and try to warn Qeya’s father that something is wrong. When Qeya locks eyes with one of the Miners, she knows that her father must listen to them, why question those who have lived in this vast emptiness longer than they had. But her father doesn’t heed the warnings.
As soon as the Miners leave, Qeya sets out to talk to them. She goes down to the lower decks, a place where no one of the royal family or any members of her people dare go. Upon her arrival, the ship is attacked, and she is saved by the young Miner named Ohre.
Then upon crash landing on an alien planet, with only a few survivors, Qeya bonds with Ohre, and together they set out to protect the remaining survivors and try not to be eaten by the strange creatures of this foreign and bizarre planet.
‘Did I mention the one downside to living on a massive ship with the same people for seven years? No escape.’
For Qeya to only be about 71 pages, give or take, I felt that Jennifer did move the story well. It was a bit rushed, but I had to keep in mind the length of the book. So for only that many pages, I know Jennifer developed and paced the book brilliantly.
I also really enjoyed her way of telling this story, she gave brief but beautiful descriptions of Qeya, and her people. Not only that, but of the world that Qeya came from, to the ship, Heaven’s Edge, and the Miners. Each detail was small, but described so well, I was able to paint a picture of the world that Qeya lives in.
Qeya, a really hard name I most likely keep saying wrong, appears to be a strong character. She puts others before herself. Her people, especially the children, they mean everything to her. She is willing to do anything in her power to protect them. When they crash landed on the alien planet, protecting her people was always her top priority.
Then as the story progresses, swiftly, Qeya and Ohre develop a strong bond. They begin to really rely on each other. This is very uncommon with her people, even looked down upon, because Ohre is a Miner. But Qeya knows these differences are meaningless, and she discovers she is beginning to see Ohre in a different light.
I also was really intrigued with Ohre. He was another likable character, and I was really interested with the fact that he is a miner. I really want to understand him and his people better.
There were also a few other characters I really enjoyed. The twins especially, they kept the humor and gave the book a more ‘light’ feeling.
‘The miners relished in their ability to feel. I wanted that.’
The story ended hastily and did leave me with questions, but it is only about 71 pages. But overall, it was a delightful read. And I feel like I am invested in this book for the long run. I definitely will read the next one, I have too now! I’m curious!
I really enjoyed the story of Qeya, and I am really glad I got a chance to read it. It is a nice, short and lovely written tell. And within the pages, I caught a glimpse of a unique and wonderful world.