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Nova by Margaret Fortune eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Nova by Margaret Fortune grabbed me because Amie Kaufman enjoyed it and really how can you resist that kind of endorsement?? I’m thrilled to report that this sci-fi mystery completely deserves Ms. Kaufman’s blurb and if you enjoyed These Broken Stars but want a story focused on slightly older characters and a bit less romance, Nova is for you! Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

Note: I received an advanced copy of Nova from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Nova by Margaret Fortune eARC {4 Stars} + Giveaway!

Nova by Margaret Fortune
Published by DAW on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.

4 Stars


  • I love the premise of Nova and really enjoyed how it was carried out. I hadn’t realized that Lia was a willing bomb, but that makes the mystery all the more interesting as we try to figure out what the hell is going on.
  • The world painted in Nova is both contained by the space station that Lia spends all her time on, but we also get to see snippets of what is going on in the broader galaxy as Lia delves into her past. I found the conflict between the two human groups believable and seriously wish that we could find out more after Nova!
  • I am pretty darn picky about my romances, but I found the one in Nova to be sweet and, most importantly, realistic :D. It was also great that the romantic tension didn’t take over the plot, it was just one more thing that Lia had to consider.
  • The writing of Nova appealed to me since it is pretty stream-of-consciousness from Lia’s perspective, including her mental clock that is counting down to explosion. I liked the many moments where the narrative was choppy because of what Lia was going through and found it ratcheted up the tension nicely.
  • Wow that ending is epic! There are a lot of twists so I had no idea how things would actually go, but I’m so so satisfied with how they ended. Seriously, stick with it!


  • Nova does start pretty slow and you don’t get a full picture of how crazy things are until over halfway. I really want to emphasize how much things pick up though ;-).
  • Lia is in an understandably difficult position, but she does end up angsting a bit about things that annoyed me when I wanted her to just make a decision and stick with it.


Nova is great for those who love a sci-fi mystery with a splash of romance and interesting writing. Things start slow, but once they pick up, you won’t be able to put this one down! Seriously, stick with it so that I can fangirl with you :D.


Penguin has kindly offered a copy of Nova for one you lucky readers. As per their policy, the giveaway will need to be US only and the winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. I’ll be checking entries so please don’t cheat!

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

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  1. Sweet and realistic romance can be good! Its the sudden, raging romances that overpower or deflect the story that irritate me :)
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  2. I didn’t realize this was a YA! You make it sound good, now I’m curious. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Yeah, it’s one of those that kind of reads adult but has a young-ish character so I don’t really know how to classify it D:

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