Beyond Our Stars

Beyond Our Stars

by Marie Langager

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ISBN-13: 9781619634664
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,121,648
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Marie Langager lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. She has a degree in English Literature. She's certain that many new adventures await us beyond our stars.

You can find her online at www.marielangager.blogspot.com and on twitter @MarieLangager.
Marie Langager lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. She has a degree in English Literature. She's certain that many new adventures await us beyond our stars.

You can find her online at www.marielangager.blogspot.com and on twitter @MarieLangager.

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Beyond Our Stars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 3.5 Let me first clear up a misunderstanding. I’ve seen a few other reviews that refer to Beyond Our Stars as dystopian fiction but it is not dystopian in any way. Put simply, dystopian refers to a society gone bad in some way through political oppression, totalitarianism, religious mania, and other repressive societal behaviors that we bring upon ourselves. Dystopia often follows apocalypse and this book can be considered post-apocalyptic. However, no dystopian society has arisen from the ashes of that apocalypse. If anything, society has become more egalitarian. Probably not surprisingly, there are things I like about this book and things I dislike and, in some cases—especially the character, Hope—like and dislike are in pretty much equal supply. I also had somewhat mixed feelings about Chief Up whose treatment of Hope is rather odd and yet he seems to be a decent stand-in for the father she lost. Then there are the plans for Repopulation. I get Hope’s aversion to the idea on one level but not her dismissal of the need to begin increasing their numbers once they have a new home. One thing in particular struck me about these surviving Earthlings, their occasional irrational behavior. As they land on this new world, they know it’s an occupied planet and they know crops have been planted, presumably by the people/creatures living there. One of the most critical things they don’t know is what kind of reception they’ll receive, whether the inhabitants are friendly or perhaps deadly adversaries. Still, anyone with half a brain would—should—know that those inhabitants will be wary at the very least. Why, then, is their first move one of immense thievery that could actually impact the lives of the natives? Worldbuilding is considerably lacking. We know that Earth “failed” and various natural disasters are mentioned but we have no idea how we arrived at that point. It’s also rather difficult to believe that Earth could reach the stage of being completely uninhabitable in such a relatively few years from our own time, not to mention how we could develop in that same short period of time the scientific ability to build a spaceship capable of carrying and sustaining 5,000 people for 5 years. That would be more credible if the people were in cryonic chambers but they are all up and active for the entire journey. Supplies on board are another issue since there is apparently no shortage of storage space for even junk food. This ship must be the size of the state of Texas to carry all that food for so many people for so long, not to mention all the other supplies needed. Now, having said all that, anybody reading this review might think I heartily disliked this book but I actually liked it very much for a variety of reasons. Chance is a delightful guy and it’s a real pleasure to see a male character, especially a teen, be the softer half of a couple, the one most ready to show his vulnerability. How refreshing! Hope is appealing in her own way; her prickliness comes from selfprotection, I think, and I wonder how she could be so unaware of her standing among her shipmates but she’s so strongminded, so determined to do more than just survive. She’s a leader, a girl one can depend on, a true heroine in the making. Other characters are very appealing and so well-drawn that I feel as though I know them, people like Weeks and Grim and Legacy and Billie. I want these survivors to keep on surviving, to find a way to make peace with the Locals, as unlikely as that may be. I love that Ms. Langager chose to write science fiction, especially the sort that involves other sentient beings. Our younger generation of readers needs to absorb and appreciate what can be done with science fiction, the futures that can be built and the human challenges that can be re-defined. One last thing I’ll mention that’s in the plus column for me is the twist on the aliens-invading-Earth scenario. Beyond Our Stars makes the reader think “What if WE were the aliens invading someone else’s home?” I applaud Ms. Langager for making us think beyond ourselves.
JenLBW More than 1 year ago
When I started reading Beyond Our Stars I was blown away by the writing. It’s a short novel coming in at 111 pages but it sucked me in almost immediately and I felt like I could picture their world. I felt stressed from the encounter with the locals and my heart strings pulled from Hope and Chance’s breakup. All the feels! I can tell you right now that I can not wait to read more of Marie Langagers writing. What a great YA Sci-Fi novel this is. The book starts in the present where after Earth having to be abandoned the survivors board ships in route for a new planet they call Haven. Once arriving there they find that the planet is already inhabited and as they deboard their ships are quickly surrounded by walls and what they call stacks. Sectioned off groups are taken into the stacks and basically put to test. The whole novel is really a test of survival and human nature. Things like that always fascinate me because how would we as humans handle a situation like this. This is kind of like one scenario. I loved Hope! She surfaces as a natural leader and easily respected. She takes charge even when she doesn’t always feel like she wants to. There are times when she thinks I don’t want to make these decisions. I think that’s a normal thing to people to think. I would think the same thing in her shoes. She was overall pretty cool. There are many different characters and even though we don’t get to them deeply we get to know them well enough to be invested. You don’t want any of them to get hurt. We mostly focus on the group of teenagers and a bit on Chief Upton. I think even him though we see through teenage eyes. Oh Hope and Chances romance completely pulls at my heart. We start off with them together and not long after they end up breaking one another hearts. Ahhh. I don’t want to give too much away about how they develop but I have to say I was definitely feeling stressed and cheering for them. So ya I loved Beyond Our Stars. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi like me then read it and even if you are not I think it’s written well enough to captivate you anyway. Come on Marie Langager I’m so ready for your next project!!