“Destiny – it’s a word that plagues Maria Morris. What does God want her to do with her life? Should she go to college or does God have other plans for her? When her parents go missing during a business trip, Maria embarks on a quest that will change her life forever. Trying to fight against an overbearing Milky Way Government, Maria travels to earth in search of a lost prince and some crown jewels. Her faith is tested, however, when a new law is passed. Will Maria be able to find her parents and the crown jewels before it’s too late? Is she strong enough to stand up for her faith even if it means never seeing her family again? Most of all, will Maria discover her true Destiny?” (from Goodreads)
I was excited to read this book by Sarah Holman! The medieval/space age setting was right up my alley, and I hope to explore it more later in the series. Maria was a really cool character, and her family was really sweet (except Daniel, who got on my nerves :P). The spiritual themes were very good, and I underlined some of the advice her Dad gave her. I didn’t like the circumstances they met under, but Quint ended up being a fun and complicated character. The story started off slowly; but it picked up halfway through, and I was glued to the book especially SPOILER ALERT! when she was at the old capitol. Not recommended for younger readers because of some intense action including near abduction.
Best quote: “You can’t prepare yourself for anything. You have to do what you know God wants you to be doing, and Hewill prepare you for what He has in store for you. Right now what you need to do is that hardest thing in the world–wait.”
Altogether, I found this to be a great debut, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!