(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I did find this book to be quite a quick, easy read. I was able to follow the storyline really well and I thought that the plotline was quite an interesting one. Although being frozen for a period of time isn’t a completely unique plot, I did like the way it was handled here.
I wasn’t that sure about Katerina, though. By the end of the book, she had grown on me a bit and I felt that her character did evolve a bit through the course of the book.
It was interesting to see that the nationality of humans had changed over time. I actually read a theory somewhere that stated that, in the future, more people would be mixed-race rather than Caucasian.
So… I found Celeste to be a really intriguing character and I would have liked to see more of her. I did, however, get put off a bit by the first description of Katerina. (I looked up grey eyes on Google images to see what they looked like. You can’t see storms in them. Or nearly see storm clouds. And… bee-stung lips? That doesn’t give me an attractive mental image…)
I was quite intrigued by the other two crew members of the ship, too, but they seemed to be a bit too… attached to Katerina. The only one who actually acted (and rightly so) suspicious of her was Celeste. And the constant putting down of her quite annoyed me, because it seemed like she was being set up as a foil.
Chase was somewhat suspicious of Katerina, but I had trouble seeing that in the face of his obvious attraction to her. I did like Ricky as a character and I would have really liked to see more of him in the book.
From what I’ve read, Kris seems to be a fairly interesting character as well. Katerina was a bit too… perfect and skilled; though there were some instances when her learning was a bit more realistic. By the end of this book, I have mixed feelings on whether I want to read the first or third one. The world was intriguing and something I’d like to see more of… but I felt that Katerina was right on the line of becoming a Mary Sue.