[Review] Justice Buried

Friday, August 14, 2015

Title: Justice Buried

Series: Starbright #1

Author: Hilary Thompson

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy

Published: January 15, 2014

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

The people need Justice, but she's not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.

This thrilling young adult adventure is the first in the richly-imagined Starbright series, which is laced with mystery, mythology, romance, and magic. Justice Buried will have you questioning fate versus free will along with Astrea's strong female lead, and wondering who can be trusted when everyone is keeping secrets.
Justice Buried is an engaging tale of a young MC, Astrea and her chosen path in a prophecy set long before her birth. There are a lot of stories about the main character being a part of something bigger, something set in stone before they even existed, so it takes a lot to make it original. Tying in the set prophecy with the zodiac and a plan to keep a city's people in the dark about the leader's true intentions, Justice Buried definitely sets itself apart from other books dominating the bookshelves.

The first favorite thing I noted down about this book was the main character. Sure, she had her moments where you wanted to wring her neck, but she was definitely a strong character -- something you don't see often. She's not your ordinary "damsel in distress," and, well, that's because she's not. I admire authors who write headstrong women who don't need a man to save them. It's even better to have a character who knows exactly what she wants out of her life, regardless of a destiny.

I don't really have much to say about the other characters. Everyone else seemed so disposable, including her best friends and even Lexan. It bothers me that we don't know much about Lexan, but there might just be a plan in the works to reveal more about him. However, maybe it's the author's way of making us distrust him like Astrea does.

This story kind of reminded me a bit of Pocahontas in a way and that's not a bad thing at all. I enjoyed the thought of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the cover is absolutely stunning. JUST LOOK AT IT. The author does a wonderful job keeping you invested in reading, and wanting more. I'm glad I got a glimpse into the next book, and I really hope I don't have to wait long. :)

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