Nova (Spectre War book 1) by Margaret Fortune

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.8 Llamas


I love this book. I mean I ADORE IT!!! My dad had found me this book years ago and I can’t stop talking about it. If you are looking for a good, action-filled sci-fi this is the book for you!

This book is about Lia, a girl with only 1 purpose… To blow up. She is literally a ticking time bomb. And she isn’t even the real Lia, she is just a girl with a mission that falls apart when her bomb clock freezes. With no idea what to do, Lia’s life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson. The real Lia’s best friend. Now on a space station with a time bomb that begins randomly ticking down, Lia has to figure out her real mission and the dark truths with it before her time runs out…

This book is a masterpiece. I mean it is one of my favorite novels. It’s adventurous, action-packed, suspenseful and a little bit romantic. The way this sci-fi world is written is amazing! The plot line is sooooo well written and the characters were perfection!!! This book would be so good for boys and girls 14 and up! (Like for real!!!! This book is just soooooooooo amazing!)

Now, no book is perfect and this book has its flaws. It has some curse words throughout the book sadly. (Just take a pen and cross them out, perfectly edited!) And there is some violence. Mention of people getting shot, dying, prisoners of war, and such. Plus sci-fi stuff like aliens who invade peoples bodies and minds and uses them as hosts. (Nothing gross they just slowly kill people) And there is also of course the girl with the time bomb. She has quite a few problems with her bomb including: grey stuff coming out of eyes, surgeries, cuts to fix things and a weird procedure to “turn on” her clock. Nothing graphic but it is a wee bit gross…

Overall, this book is sooooo good! I definitely suggest this book to teens 14 and up looking for a great sci-fi novel!!! May you have a good day!!! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • And amazing beginning to an awesome series!
  • Such a good book for teens 14 and up!
  • Fantastic sci-fi!!!


  • Violence, cursing and death mentioned…
*36:00:00* 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.

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