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I was intrigued when I read the blurb for Our Dark Stars and I was not disappointed! This is the first book I read from the writing duo Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade, and I want to delve into their backlists!
Our Dark Stars is fast-paced and full or epic space battles! I kid you not! I was not expecting this at all! The characters are also very interesting, and I just want to spend time with the crew of the Odysseus!
Talia is a Starchaser, a descendant of the first humans who left earth to colonize planets in the galaxy, and she is about to wed a Prince from an ore mining planet. Unfortunately, there is also a war brewing between humans and Mocks (highly intelligent robots), and her ship is attacked! Talia barely escapes with her life and manages to hide in a steel (?) coffin and gets shot out in space, in a frozen cryosleep, and forgotten for 100 years. She is found by a mock captain, Will who used to be a flesher (human).
Why I Enjoyed Our Dark Stars
Epic Space Battles. This book is full of action! And I was really surprised – in a good way!
Mocks and Fleshers. I LOVE that in this world, the humans are now treated as objects and are the sub-species, while the androids were the superior species. This felt so fresh and very interesting. It really reminded me of The Planet of the Apes, only with highly advanced AI.
Princess who kicks ass. I know YA always has this princess character that kicks ass, but Talia reminded me of Princess Leia. She was a princess who defied tradition.
Tearjerker. I did not expect to cry. SERIOUSLY. But I did! It was definitely Will who tugged at my heartstrings, though!
Will. Will. and more Will. This character is sooo dreamy! Okay, I had to fangirl and add him to my book boyfriend list because he is everything that I love in a male character! Also, I love the name Will. Fangirling aside, I love Will’s complex character. I love his dilemma between his feelings from being a “half-breed.”
The crew of the Odyssey. OMG! This is such an amazing crew of very interesting characters and I so want to hang out with them! The crew reminded me of the awesome camaraderie in the crew of The Banshee from Starflight by Melissa Landers. I WANT to read more about this crew!
Our Dark Stars was too Predictable
The Villain. Meh. I KNEW who the villain was 10% in. I mean, it was tooooo obvious who it was. 100 years later, they called her the Queen and never mentioned her name, but I knew who it was.
Is there a sequel? The ending was… interesting. I’m not sure if there is even a sequel but WE. NEED. A. SEQUEL. Or a trilogy! I want more Will and Talia. And I want the villain to do more EVIL things. I still have a lot of questions, too!
If you are a fan of YA Sci-Fi, definitely pick up this book! I know it was a little bit predictable, but overall I gave it 4/5 hearts because the action had me at the edge of my seat!
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Brooke Bumgardner says
This sounds awesome! My teen and I both want to read it. Thank you for sharing your review!
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You’re welcome, Brooke! It’s a fun book and very appropriate for your teen! There is a little bit of attraction and hormones hinted, but very tame with kissing only. 🙂 Hope both of you enjoy it! Please let me know what to think when both of you are done!
You know I was interested in this book because – pretty cover! And now you tell me there will be tears!! I am ok with predictable as long as the journey was entertaining. And by the way, you are a master at summarizing. That skinny review is awesome.
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Thank you, Sam! I have been adding the skinny review for over a year now. I feel like some readers (sometimes me) only want to see the short abbreviated version, without reading a whole block of text.
Also, isn’t the cover gorgeous?! I also gravitate to any title with the word STAR/s!