By Siobhan Davis
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
My rating: 4.2 / 5
I have mixed feelings about True Calling. I definitely enjoyed reading it, but I was constantly reminded of similar books. The 'calling' had elements of the selection by Kiera cass and hunger games, in that it was like a reality TV show, the audience were watching and voting, Cal and Ari were pulled apart and because of the people of Novo's outrage, they were allowed to be back together again, etc. Although Cal and Ari love each other, they needed to prove this to the world and show the world how happy they were in essentially being forced to get married and have kids asap.
The ending was really, really goo and it really had me on the edge of my seat wondering if Ari would finally meet Zane, whether Ari would remember or feel anything for him. Don't get me wrong, Cal is sweet, but I'm on team Zane. He was the one left behind when everyone went to novo and he's been working tirelessly these last 2 years to rescue Ari. Plus, he has the cooler name!
I'm not totally sure about Cal and his trustworthiness. I think Zane and Malcolm were wrong about him, but his anger fits are very worrying. Is he really dangerous?
I didn't realise this was a series so I wasn't expecting a cliffhanger ending, but I am intrigued to find out what happens next in this 'return to earth' mission. And, what is this vital information that Malcolm gave Ari before he died? Will it change the dynamics of her feelings for Cal?
It’s degrading being routinely subjected to a battery of medical tests to ensure I continue to deserve a place in this new world.He’s a lovely guy, but there’s no spark between us whatsoever. It just goes to show, that even with all their fancy assessment tools, the government can’t legislate for chemistry.“Well, whatever is going on, it doesn’t change the situation, we’re no longer allowed to be together,” I say sadly.
“And that makes you unhappy?” he asks unsurely.
I look at him as if he has ten heads. “Of course it does,” I snap at him, “what did you think all the crying was about?”
“Just making sure, it’s been a confusing day; what with you mentioning other boys names in your sleep.”I still grieve for her as much as I did at the start. There were those who told me it would get easier, but it hasn’t, and I know it won’t. I wonder which situation is hardest. Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can’t.“Poor Ari. To have someone love you, like you do her, and for her not to know about it at all, that’s more than sad. Like losing something you never even realised you had in the first place.”