Our Dark Stars is a science fiction, fantasy by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade and is set to be published on March 6th, 2018 by Blaze Publishing.
The story line was interesting with a princess waking up from her cryosleep a hundred years later in a ship with a crew of criminal mocks and a captain who was once a flesher (human) but is now all metal and wires. The world building is intriguing in itself and though humans vs machines has often been seen as an idea, this was different. Here, the story doesn’t get biased and doesn’t right tick humanity. There’s a well built plot to reach a time when things change and if it isn’t already evident, I’m trying really hard to apprise without giving away spoilers. Regardless of whatever turns the story brings, it doesn’t let you down, basically.
Let’s talks about something non-spoilery: the characters. I absolutely loved them! Will, the seems-to-be-a-jerk captain of the spaceship, and Talia, the princess who wakes up, are not only well developed but they also made it to my list of instantaneously-fell-in-love-with characters. I don’t recall trying too hard to care for them (or all the supporting ones, too) because I just found myself rooting for everyone at around one-fourth of the story.
Starting with Will who has been added to my list of book boyfriends too—I loved him from the first few pages of his introductory scene where the crew votes against his impending move as a pilot, to which he shrugs off and says, “I am reasonable […] And I don’t know why you believe this ship operates on democracy. Your votes mean nothing.” Contrary to which, he actually proves to be a great captain and friend and just an overall amazing person. Oh, and his specialities include flaunting a half-smirk at times and I don’t know about you but I can fall for those any day. Will kinda reminded me of Jack Sparrow but a little better version because he’s not a complete jerk and neither is he trying to be.
Then comes Talia who was a strong female protagonist and a feminine one at that. What I mean is, she has pretty auburn hair and loves jewelled colour tones and she is ‘technically’ only eighteen but her personality is that of someone who believes in herself and understands the role she can play in bettering this society and ugh, I loved her! Just like Will, I fell in love with her within a few pages itself when she calls the law senseless and stupid for deeming a prince higher than a princess. But she didn’t stop right there. She believed the mocks to be as important as humans are and tried to save her best friend who was a mock herself. Basically, she made a great main character.
The supporting characters were as good as the main ones. The crew, particularly, was exceptional with their diverse personalities. Everyone had a role to play and their lives at stake in this space but they stuck together and trusted their captain who had not only bailed them from jail (or their past, worse, life) but also gave them more than they ever expected. There’s even a hologram projected woman who made me smile so much by her programmed personality.
If you can’t already guess, a romance develops between Will and Talia and I shipped them right from the moment they met. It was the opposites attract trope but they eventually founded a lot of similarities and that made me happy! I even liked how their romance didn’t take a front seat anywhere and the plot was always given more importance than their relationship; it really kept me focused on the story itself, hehe. This would be hard to mention without giving away spoilers but I’ll try my best: toward the end, things get worse (duh!) and the climax doesn’t play out in a i’ll-save-this-person-because-i-love-them attitude. In fact, it’s more of a i-need-to-save-myself-you-and-the-world kinda manner and I loved it for that because truth be told, we have to think of ourselves too in the middle of life-threatening situations. Essentially, they were perfect together.
The pacing is yet another amazing aspect of the story. It’s fast, thrilling, and just the perfect speed that a sci-fi adventure should ride on. I feel the writing has to be given immense credit. The story is narrated by alternate POVs of Will and Talia, and the wonderful imagery, cut-short sentences during action sequences, and subtle revelations worked in favour. Also, a few twists and turns are guarding the end, and though I usually get a sense of what may be disclosed later in the book or what would finally happen, I couldn’t guess much of this. It was pleasantly surprising. In addition to all these amazing factors, there’s a bigger message across the book based on hope and humanity which definitely struck a chord.
I recommend this to all those who love a good science-fiction being played by characters they would love sooner or later, and a pacing that would throw you into a rollercoaster.
Audrey Grey is an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. She lived in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in. [Bio from website]
Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children, you can usually find her outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world, or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens, or curled up on the sofa with a good book.
I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley but that in no way influences my rating and/or opinions about it. Thank you Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade, and Blaze Publishing!
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