Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.
But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.
Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.
If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for a honest review
This review contains no spoilers
I thought this story was really cool. Before a mysterious girl shows up Sterling has to deal with teenager issues like getting good grades, dealing with a strict curfew but he also has to deal with his mum’s mental illness. When Tetra shows up she tells Sterling that they are bonded and come from a world called Noba. It’s difficult for Sterling to understand this bond since he doesn’t know Tetra. Though Tetra feels familiar, he still has to learn to trust her.
I really enjoyed reading the story from Tetra’s point of view because she doesn’t really understand Sterling’s world. Because of this there are some awkward moments, like the fact that Tetra doesn’t understand what a “boyfriend” exactly means. One of the other things that is really confusing for Tetra are gender roles since gender doesn’t matter that much on Noba.
In this book you get some information about Noba but I’d love to know more about it. So I’m really looking forward to the next book!