Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats. On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy. They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.
Rejects in space. The Breakfast Club meets The Guardians of the Galaxy. A space heist. Yes freaking please. This book has had a pretty decent amount of hype around it and it was said to be incredibly diverse, so I knew I wanted to read it!
It wasn’t really what I was expecting, but not in a completely bad way. I was surprised to find out that there weren’t multiple POVs. I think that was the book’s major downfall. Nax, the only narrator, felt kind of bland to me. I would have loved to see different characters take center stage at certain times and I feel like the book would have been a lot stronger if that had happened.
There was a ‘love triangle’, kinda? But it was between a guy and he was pining after a girl and a boy. It was different and I liked seeing it, but it just wasn’t developed enough and I hate love triangles in general. It just felt off. The romance went to the backburner due to the overarching plot, but it ended in such a way that would have been better with more development.
Now, I have never seen The Breakfast Club, but I am a big fan of The Guardians of the Galaxy. And this book had serious Guardians vibes and that was one of the things that I loved.
There was supposed to be a lot of comedic relief in here, but that portion completely fell on its face for me. A lot of stuff that was supposed to be funny seemed cringy and out of place. I’m not sure if there was one place where I actually laughed out loud. Sure, I did smile at some places, but it just didn’t hit the mark for me.
The ‘rejects’ was brilliant. It plays out in such a way where you can really feel for the characters and see what they are all about and how life can just smack you in the face sometimes. But how you can have a lot more fun living just outside the rules.
Thank you for reading!