Nicky Drayden’s 2019 Escaping Exodus is a standalone SF novel.
Seske Kaleigh was born to become the leader of her spacefaring community. Becoming a leader involves onerous education and personal sacrifice. Seske would far rather spend her time having adventures with her lower-class crush, Adalla.
Seske’s culture is trapped on the edge of survival. Allowing Seske to follow her heart is not in the cards.