It's bad enough that Sadira Pascal's father doesn't make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he's always been home for the important things. It's worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira's field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky.
The Central government confirms her father's death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn't believe there's any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star's crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father's work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.
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I read whatever I can get my hands on, but I particularly love YA and paranormal fiction. I watch way too much TV (Curse you, Fringe!), and when I'm not writing I'm usually jogging, biking, or gardening.
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Young Adult, Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance Rating: 3 out of 5 Bright Star Review: I had an opportunity to read "Bright Star" through Goodreads - Read 2 Review Program. I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated in any other manner for this review. The story of the 'Bright Star' is one of an adolescent girl whose world is literally and figuratively explodes around her. Sadira begins her fifteenth birthday full of excitement and anticipation of the possibilities at hand. She is full of youthful, carefree wishes and daydreams with the excitement of her birthday. She shares a piece of cake and laughing with her best friend and explores her feelings for another. Then her class attends the launch of a new airship, the CAS Bright Star, the ship her father had designed. She soon discovers her father will be monitoring the progress of the airship as a passenger. Moments after lift off something goes terribly wrong. Sadira finds herself entirely alone trying to understand what had happened. A young soldier of the Colony, Baruj, finds Sadira and shares his belief -- the two pilots and Mr. Pascal are alive and the government is lying to cover it up. Sadira and Baruj find themselves fleeing the Colony in a race for their lives, uncover truths and search for the CAS Bright Star. Bright Star' is a good inspirational read by Nickie Anderson. Anderson does a terrific job illustrating the struggles of a naive young girl thrust into circumstances that push her to become a young woman. As the story begins, Sadira is a girl making wishes and daydreaming. Anderson beautifully portrays the difficulties a young girl must face when overcoming loss, her fears pushing herself while clinging to hope and her beliefs as she struggles to uncover the truth about her father's disappearance. Anderson's story. She depicts the harsh and brutal lessons of life as well as some of the most beautiful. This book is an emotional roller coaster of loss, faith, friendship, deception, cruelty, hope, and love. I am giving 'Bright Star' 3 out of 5 stars. Basically, I enjoyed the read. However, I found there were aspects of the story where I could not maintain attention. Several scenes had an added, almost unnecessary, importance to them. Thereby slowing the momentum of the story with trivial scenes and zipping past significant ones.
I enjoyed reading Bright Star and really liked the story of the book. If you like dystopian fantasy you will definitely like this book! I was pulled into the story and before I knew it, it was at the end of the book. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to see what happens next. Bright Star shows, that even if you are one person, no matter your age, no matter who you are, there are things you can do to help change the world just by tackling one passionate issue at a time. There are a few spelling and grammar issues that need to be addressed but they were not often enough to cause a problem, I was able to read through them. The characters could be expanded a little more in some areas - either by more background or by making them more relatable. DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author (through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money or other compensation was provided for this review.
**5 Stars** I received a copy of this book for an honest review. MY OVERVIEW: This book has gotten my elusive 5 star rating! What an exciting read. At first, as with most dystopians, you are thinking that the society is actually pretty nice. But then what dystopian society is actually utopian? None. PROS: I really liked Dr. Dewitt. All I could picture was Doc Brown from Back to the Future. :) I enjoyed that this was not a book that you could tell what was going to happen next. It really had you guessing, and it wasn’t one of those books where everything went right all the time. CONS: I really didn’t have too many complaints. I think the one I do have is Papa. He was really annoying and not at all what I expected at the end of the book. I just wish he was a little different. MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I really didn’t want this book to end. I hope that there is going to be another one, and soon! I highly recommend this book, especially for dystopian fans.
Pair Anderson's cool, smooth, ultra fluid writing style with crescendoing action against a futuristic, dystopian background, and you have the pitch perfect novel that is Bright+Star. Anderson never succumbs to manipulating the readers with flashy characters or abrasive dialogue. She simply delivers good, concise writing that drives steadily toward the climax. Our protagonist, Sadira is both gentle and steadfast. She's a believable and likable heroine. Sadira isn't a stunt woman or a weapons specialist, doing back flips and spraying everyone with machine gun fire. Badassery isn't her style. She's just a loyal and brave girl that keeps struggling against obstacles with determination to find her missing father. A character with character. In fact, all the characters opposing their corrupt government are good and uncomplicated people in a dark and complicated world. The stripped down realness and warmth of the characters in juxtaposition to the unraveling society makes Bright+Star one of the most crisp, fresh and enjoyable dystopian novels I have ever read. 4.5 stars for this beautifully written tale of perseverance and devotion. I'm round it up to 5 starts because it was too wonderful to round down to just 4! The book was provided to me by the author for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.