Spensa the starfighter pilot is right up there with Katniss and Tris as a girl-power hero as far as I’m concerned. I liked her and her family. Especially her Gran-Gran:
“People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that’s the case, what does it matter whether people in them lived?”
In this story, there was a battle between humans and aliens. The humans eventually landed on this planet and settled in small segregated groups. Anytime they built anything that advanced humanity, the Krell (alien race) would destroy it.
The Krell sounded very familiar to me. I knew I had heard the term before and google me that the word Krell is in Star Wars, Star Trek, and the Marvel Universe. If I ever write SciFi- I pledge to call the aliens something else. Other than that one name, I thought the World Building was terrific.
Anyhow, Spensa dreams of being a pilot and has to work twice as hard to achieve that goal, as most candidates because her Father died under mysterious circumstances as a pilot. Hardly anyone knows what happened back then until Spensa starts flying herself around in an AI-powered starship!
The author describes this plot as How to Train Your Dragon meets Top Gun and Enders Game. I think that’s an accurate description, and if that kind of book suits you- you’ll want to pick this up along with the sequel: Starsight on November 26, 2019.