“Heaven’s Shadow,” by Jeff Downs, is an older and less popular book, so I’ll keep this brief.
In my mind, I can quickly and easily summarize this entire book as a “Covenant Communications’ teen space novel.” This is how it breaks down:
Space: it’s set in another system of two worlds.
Teen: Coming of age novel with gushy romance and a plot to take down a corrupt government.
Covenant Communications: anything by this publisher has some minor editing issues and is obviously Mormon. What I mean by this, is though they don’t always spell out any specific religion, they’re heavy with morals, gushy romantic (though strictly PG), characters can be over-dramatic, and there’s always a cheesy happy ending. Think: Hallmark for Christians.
This book actually surprised me a bit for being a Covenant Communication, because this was the first sci-fi I’d seen from them. For it being a genre they don’t normally work in, it’s not bad. I’m simply not the type to faun over anything of their style (as listed above).
If I find myself laughing at the serious moments, because they’re that cheesy, it won’t get more than **2 stars.**