"A robust, well-realized universe that sparkles with promise." — Kirkus Reviews
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.
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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. LINK is her debut young adult sci-fi novel, the first in THE SHADOW OF LIGHT trilogy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
MY THOUGHTS This book sounded really interesting, so I decided to pick it up! This book is a very interesting sci-fi, and wasn't what I expected, but still an interesting book. Some aspects of it fell short for me, but I still liked this book. Kira is celebrating her birthday with her friends when a piece of the sky hits her. Literally. Now instead of dreams, Kira sleeps into another world. An odd one populated by only a handful of people, including a boy that Kira can't help but be interested in (despite her long crush on one of her friends). Kira quickly founds out that her dreams, and the boy, are real and that there's a real danger that she could be stuck in this other world. While Kira and her friends try to piece things together she will find more than she expected, including information on her father who went missing years ago. I loved how interesting this book was! So much science and still so unique! I love the idea of parallel universes (pretty much my favorite thing to read in books, ever), while this was not about parallel worlds, it was very similar. The idea of the other worlds, black holes, and the dream factor was very interesting! Still, while I loved the idea, some parts I had a hard time believing. For example: (view spoiler) The characters in this book were great and I liked them. Though, they felt a bit like you're average YA characters to me, not that that's a bad thing. So, really, there's not much I can say about them. Though I did like how Kira didn't keep her friends in the dark, like most MCs in YA. As for romance, it was just strange. I'm about confused by if there was a love triangle. I liked Zane, Kira's friend, and their romance felt entirely realistic. It was a cute friend to more relationship. Evan, the boy from the other world, confused me. I liked him and it seemed like there was supposed to be something there, but it fell flat. It was really unclear and ,honestly, a bit unbelievable. IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. Some factor fell flat, but this book has a very interesting and unique storyline. I'm curious to see where the rest of the series will go.
When I got a copy of Link through NetGalley I didn’t know much about this novel at all. I liked the cover and had seen a few people promote the novel on Twitter, but I had not read what it was about. When I started out I didn’t have much expectation and it was a long time since I read a book that I felt like I didn’t want to put away, so when this book hooked me from the start I have to say I was happily surprised. The novel is basically about a girl who has an accident and then finds herself in another world while she’s sleeping. The first few chapters were a bit confusing, but still intriguing, and it was a bit hard to understand this whole dream thing. But after a while it all became clear and interesting and I just had to know what was going on. The characters in the book are well developed and I instantly connected with the main character. I also like a lot of the worldbuilding, it is OK, but I do think that it should be made more clear throughout the novel that the main characters does not live on Earth. There was a hint in the beginning about this, but then it sort of felt like it wasn’t a different planet. The planet they live on is very similar to Earth, but I still find that it would have made the story more interesting if we could see some more differences between the worlds. It would have made the relationship and the conversations with the boy from Earth much more interesting and understandable at times. The plot feels unique and I can really see the potential in this series. I am intrigued with what is going on and I want to know how it all ends. It’s a great sci-fi novel with what I feel is a unique take on this space travel and alien thing. So kudos to the author there. My biggest disappointment about this book though is the ending. I do realize this is the first in a series of novels, but I still feel like there are so many questions that were left unanswered at the end. There was never any resolution to any of the things that began in this book and I feel that’s a shame. Obviously there has to be some sort of cliffhanger at the end to make the second book interesting too, but the “main problem” should be resolved at the end I feel. But overall this is a great novel that really hooks you in and it’s both interesting and different, so if you like YA Sci-Fi, this is a book you cannot miss. I give it 4/5 stars.
This is a beautifully written book! I was enthralled by the writing from the first chapter. This book has the most unique parallel universe and sci-fi I have ever read in a young adult book before. The characters are also well written and you become emotionally invested in Kira's quest to find answers about herself, her star, and her father! I also loved the plot and how the author was capable of weaving sci-fi, mystery, and fantasy so effortlessly. I liked that the ending left some questions unanswered so I will be able to get invested over a series of books which I love to do! This is a book I would recommend to everyone based on the great writing technique, characters, plot, and world built! This book is in my top three best books of the year!
Link is, in a word, unique. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a book quite like it. It’s solidly science fiction, but I’ll admit that for the first third (up until a certain scene I can’t talk about because it would spoil it), I did wonder if it wasn’t actually dark fantasy. The truth is, it’s sort of both, crossing and blending the genres in a way that’s wholly original and entirely fascinating. The thing I love about this one is that it’s not nearly as straight-forward as it seems at a glance. Yes, it is YA, and as such, features the usual teenage angst and romantic sub-plot, but it’s also handled in a way that feels authentic and doesn’t detract from the multi-layered plot that forms around it. Kira approaches her situation with all the acumen and maturity expected of a seventeen-year-old who’s suddenly had everything she’s known ripped away. Mystery, adventure, and even danger face Kira as she struggles to come to terms not only with the fact that there’s more to the universe than she ever imagined, but also with the truth behind her past and her own identity. Wier manages to keep what is arguably a very personal journey for Kira at the center of the story, weaving an intricate and even somewhat plausible world (as a recent discovery by Stephen Hawking supports) around a framework that is easy to relate to and entirely human. The relationship between Kira and her mom is especially poignant, and something not often seen in YA literature, where absentee parental figures tend to reign. The first in a trilogy, Link sets the stage for what promises to be an exciting and refreshingly original contribution to the genre. With simplistic prose that is at once lyrical and genuine, Wier paints a splendid, sometimes emotional tale that barely scratches the surface of what her world has to offer. She’s definitely a debut author to keep an eye on, and I, for one, can’t wait for the second installment.