Initial Thoughts: I have no clue why I love books with dresses on the cover. Maybe part of me feels like “I wish I could look as glamorous as I hover in space with a huge dress (that probably weighs more than I do) .” When I read the synopsis, Our Dark Stars reminded me of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.” – Goodreads
On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Talia Starchaser’s freedom is finally coming to an end. She can no longer spend time with her best friend, Aliat, or fly spacecrafts. Instead, Talia is doomed to marry a man she does not love, and face the burden of ruling over the seven planets.
One hundred years later, Will Perrault finds a crypt floating in space. After searching through space for valuable treasure to buy back his freedom, Will believes he has finally hit the jackpot. But this crypt is not what it seems…
In Talia and Will’s universe, there is a long-raging war between humans and mocks. Mocks are life-like robots who are designed to serve humans. But, mocks are more intelligent than humans, as well as stronger and faster. In Talia’s era, mocks are merely servants who have started to rebel against their masters. In Will’s era (100 years later), mocks have taken over the galaxy and have forced humans into slavery. Humans are considered to be imperfect creatures whose emotions make them dangerous and in need of being subdued.
When I first began this novel, I was utterly confused about mocks. It was only until I was about a quarter into Our Dark Stars that I realized mocks are basically humanoid robots. As much as I love science fiction novels, I found this one very alienating. The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Will and Talia. The third-person perspective hindered my ability to fully grasp Talia and Will’s personality. It was as if I were trying to understand who they were by looking through a darkened screen.
Although I had an extremely difficult time getting into this novel, as I read on, I enjoyed the complexities in the relationships between humans and mocks. The political dynamic between the two groups was really intriguing (especially for a young adult novel). If there is one thing I love about the Our Dark Stars universe, it is highly imaginative along the lines of Star Wars with lots of action.
*I received an advanced copy of Our Dark Stars from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade will be published on March 6, 2018
(The final grade of Our Dark Stars is in between a “C” and a “B”)
About the Book
Title: Our Dark Stars Authors: Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade Pages:316 Year Published: March 6, 2018 Genres & Subjects: Young adult, fiction, science fiction, romance, space, robots
Where to Buy…
Amazon (United States)
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