Happily Ever Endings... was born out of sheer frustration. You know how when you read a series and you love it but the last book takes a little while to come out and then you sort of forget parts of the novel? That's what these posts are going to serve to remedy. Happily Ever Ending... is a short post about what happened at the ending of each book that is going to be in a series for people who need a quick reminder of what happened in the previous installment. It's really annoying when you can't remember what happens and don't have time for a reread, so this hopefully will be a huge help!
Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?
Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
Happily Ever Ending: Waverly and all the girls were taken from the Empyrean by the New Horizon. They are told that they were being rescued from the Empyrean, and that there wasn't time to 'rescue' the boys and parents as well. They are shown some metal that has supposedly come from the Empyrean, but Waverly soon works out that there's no way that the metal could possibly be from the Empyrean. Then Waverly finds out that her mum and a lot of the other girls' parents are on the New Horizon, and she escapes the guards with Amanda and goes to find them. She finds them, and briefly manages to talk to her mum before she has to flee. While fleeing, she gets shot in the leg, and then she becomes unconscious.
While she's unconscious, the New Horizon team cut her open and take away her eggs, and give them to the other women on the New Horizon, as the women there are infertile, and their ovaries were destroyed. Waverly is furious because she didn't get a say in whether or not they took her eggs, but other girls thought it was a good idea and willingly agreed to give them their eggs, while others were knocked out and then they had no choice. Waverly and some of the other girls decide that the New Horizon guys have gone too far and they decide to break out their parents and escape back to the Empyrean.
Meanwhile, the boys back on the Empyrean are losing faith in being able to find their sisters, girlfriends, friends, etc. They are giving up their roles, but the Empyrean won't be able to function properly if the boys don't do their work. Kieran has taken over, but Seth has decided that he's not good enough, and knocks him out and throws him in a cell, and begins to run the ship himself. The boys suddenly realise that they preferred being under Kieran's rule, so they demand a trial in which Kieran reclaims his authority and Seth gets thrown in the cells, their positions reversed.
Back on the New Horizon, the girls have started a school, so they can meet together and plot their escape. They have to be extremely secretive, and all their creative writing is littered with riddles and plans for the escape. They finally decide to threaten Anne Mather (the leader of the New Horizon) when she's reading during Sunday services. During the service, Waverly captures Anne and holds a knife to her throat, planning to use her as a way to set the parents free. Unfortunately, the services were being monitored by guards, and their plan fails. Waverly's friend Samantha Stapleton is shot dead. However, the girls still manage to get free, but their parents couldn't be saved, and they convinced the girls to go without them.
When Waverly and the girls get back to the Empyrean, Waverly and Kieran spend the night together, but they were literally sleeping. In the morning, Kieran has to go and lead the morning services that he started to convince the boys to keep going, and Waverly is furious because he is just like Anne Mather. The book ends with her going to find Seth in the cells, when the ship changes direction and started chasing after the New Horizon. They decide to make a deal with them, because they can't let their parents wither and die upon the New Horizon. They at least have to try to save them.
If there's anything important that I've missed out, or something's wrong, do let me know in the comments! Hope this helped! :) For more Happily Ever Endings, go to Down the Rabbit Hole!