[Review] Star-Crossed

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Title: Star-Crossed
Author: Pintup Dunn
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Published: October 2, 2018
Source: YA Bound Book Tours / NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Princess Vela's people are starving.

Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she's not the only one.
Now the king is dying, too.

When the boy she's had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father's, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.

Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…

I got drawn in to read this book because of the beautiful cover art and the bizarre, yet interesting summary. Eaters vs Non-eaters is such a weird thing to think about, so I wanted to see how the story and the world played out before putting judgement on the world created within the pages. With that said, we can start off with the main character.

Vela, what a beautiful name! I really felt for the poor girl, mainly because of her empathetic, compassionate nature that mirrors my own. Knowing that my heart may sometimes rule over logic, it made it so much easier to connect with her and feel for her when she has to make the decisions she makes. I'm not sure if it's because I haven't been a teen in a while, but some of her thought processes/conversations with others seemed extremely immature for someone who is trying to be a ruler. That on top of hiding secrets that shouldn't have been withheld from certain people. I wanted to scream at her for keeping the secrets she did from the ones she loved.

As for the world, it was... weird, fascinating. Honestly, it was borderline too weird for me and that's saying a lot. I'm an extremely eccentric person with a pretty open mind, but the concept of the eaters and non-eaters was a bit outlandish. I mean, you have these people eating a lot of food to create a pill for everyone else, but by the looks of it, if they just got rid of all these people eating twice, thrice their body weight, everyone would be able to eat the food provided... right?

Overall, however, the story was really good. The plot itself wasn't mainly good vs evil. Instead, the plot revolved around Vela's journey to be a more suitable Successor by being tested on her decision to help her people and not allowing her heart to rule over logic. In the YA world, most of the fantasy/science fiction based genres have the whole good vs evil and while there's a small amount of it in this book, it was not the sole focus, which was really refreshing. The characters were likable enough that the events that unfold and affect them, well, affected me too. This is definitely a good book for lovers of science fiction and are open to unique, unusual worlds. 

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