I struggled to like this novel, but it reads too much like a young adult fan fiction. If you like Tiger Mom meets Harry Potter-esque boarding school drama, then this may be your cup of tea.
For me, it’s a bummer, lacking the depth, humour and imagination characteristic of Star Trek novels. If I’d wanted to read teen angst instead of science fiction, there are plenty of other options available.
On the bright side, at least I know which author to avoid in the series.