Not-of-this-world: LINK

Review: LINK by Summer Wier

Title: LINK (The Shadow of Light #1)
Author: Summer Wier
Pages: 318
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Publish Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis: For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.
Or at least, it used to.
Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.
Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.
If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.
Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my decision in any way. 

Cover: It's really hard to see anything on the cover. It's very dark and I can barely make anything out. Maybe it's just my bad eyesight. I see a lake and a Ferris wheel and that's about it.

Characters: Evan annoyed the crap out of me. He got on my nerves most of the times he was mentioned. His character was very whiny and poor me. I didn’t like him if you couldn’t tell.

Kira was okay. She didn’t annoy me like some main characters do. I felt for her and felt as if I could understand her thought process. Though she was a bit accepted by the others when she said she went to an alien world. I was hoping that she would at least meet some resistance but everyone treated her like a sane person. They should have at least had her tested.

The professor was a creepy old man. He weirded me out most of the time. I figured he was a kidnapper, so I was always urging Kira to run whenever he popped up. And he always did seem to pop up randomly. It was creepy, and if I were Kira, I would run in the opposite direction every time I suspected he was near.

Plot: I loved the astronomy aspect to Link. I thought it was very cool and creative. The whole linking thing was a tad confusing at times. The plot was kind of mediocre. I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. It was original though. For the longest time, I thought the novel took place on Earth. You don’t find out it doesn’t until after meeting Evan a few times. That was a bit misleading, but whatevs haha

Ending: The ending was kind of bleh. It wasn’t amazing or exciting really. I kind of want to read the next book. I really want to see how Kira ends up saving the world.

Overall: I liked Link. On a scale rating, I would probably give it three stars. It was a nice, easy read. Fans of space should love it though. It was interesting at times and the concept was terrific. Feel free to give Link a try if you’re looking for a simple sci-fi novel.

About the Author

Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn't attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn't working, reading, or writing, she's trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.
Her debut YA sci-fi, LINK, releases Sept 29, 2015.