This was a fun YA SciFi that kept my attention all the way through. Both characters, Aerin and Dane, are running away from their past and the horrible things they have gone through. They are also rivals and want to achieve the top honors at Academy 7 but when they are punished they start to see that they are not so different. Aerin is a former slave from a distant planet while Dane is the son of a leading military officer but the Romeo and Juliet angst is not at the forefront. Their dark pasts and deep scars keep them from being completely honest with each other but as time goes on they become great friends and then romance blooms. I thought this was a fun read with great pacing, dialogue, and character development.