When the fate of the world rests upon you… Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…
To live or die is no longer a choice. Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of pods land. As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.
|Publisher:||Legendary Prose, LLC|
|File size:||859 KB|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS released September 1, 2017. The second book in the Fate of the Stars series RIVAL is coming in 2018. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she's not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless - #F3Fanatic
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite “The weight of the stars is upon you, Allison, but we will prevail. Danger will not stop us—it will make us strong.” In Fate of the Stars by Arwen Paris, 17-year-old Allison Delaney is determined to spend her senior high school quietly, pursue a scholarship and study abroad so she can leave her painful memories behind. She had no idea that Earth would be invaded by aliens called the Ma’tiok, and that a symbiont alien named Eenoki will use her mind and body as a host to fight the invasion. As the enemy threatens to kill all of Earth’s population, Allison must make an ultimate choice if she wants to save everyone. The basis of the concept reminds me of the 2013 film The Host. As a sci-fi fan, the premise is a familiar one, but interesting nonetheless. Even though the prose is unnecessarily ornate in some parts, it is clear and readable and the plot is sufficiently complex. I do love the back story of the aliens, particularly the Alliance, the enemies of the Ma’tiok. Plus, there are enough fight scenes that should be able to entertain action fans as Earth becomes the battleground for warring aliens. I rooted for both Allison and Eenoki as the cooperation with the Alliance wasn't easy. They care less about the humans, and the relationship between the Vongjars and the Hytans is not without difficulties. On the whole, Fate of the Stars is well-targeted for the younger group of YA readers and substantial enough to have a sequel.
One of my favorite oldtime science fiction movies is "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers" (the 1956 version) and that's what this book's jacket copy sounded like so, well, I had to read it. Lo and behold, Ms. Paris has pulled off a really fun and credible take on a gloriously cheesy premise. Every campy science fiction tale has to have a hero and Allison fits the bill quite well...or maybe I should say Allison/Eenoki. In the movie, being taken over by an alien was a very bad thing but, this time, being taken over turns out to be a good thing (if the taking over is being done by the right kind of alien) because Eenoki wants to save humanity, not destroy it. Thing is, Allison doesn't know at first that she's been invaded and occupied but there are some pretty strange things happening to her. It's one thing to fight the aliens and quite another to cope with problems at home. Besides a nifty plot, I really think Allison is a very nice girl who loves her mom and is a reluctant though well-meaning hero, just the right kind. Eenoki...well, I just can't be spoilery so you'll have to read the book ;-) But wait! There's a second bunch of aliens?? Fate of the Stars is unlikely to ever be called The Great American Novel but Ms. Paris has made a place for herself in the world of adventurous, fun science fiction. I'm glad to have met Allison and hope to see what will happen next.
***This book was reviewed via XPresso Blog Tours In Arwen Paris’ Fate of the Stars, Earth has become a battlefield in the war between two alien groups. Allison just wants to enjoy a night on the beach with her friend Becca. During a beach party, she and several others witness an odd light in the sky. Later, Allison passes out on the beach. Waking in a panic, she hurries home, hoping to avoid an angry mother. Soon enough, she’ll have far more to worry about than a missed curfew... Devastating news on the personal front is followed by devastating loss on the communal front, when more lights appear in the sky. The bestial and bizarre Ma’tiok seem to have no control over their ships. They crash wherever, disgorging four-footed, needle-mouthed hunters that tear into anyone they see. Their bite proves infectious, turning the victims into some sort of psuedo-zombies, and the creatures themselves rapidly reproduce in a most unusual way. The little Ma'tiok are just as lethal as their larger dams. Then come the other ships, bringing bipedal leopard-like warriors that hunt and kill the Ma'tiok. During the first attack, Allison managed to get to a ship out at sea. When she realises her mom is back ashore, she leaves the ship, heading to the old nuclear bunker under the library. That journey turns into one of discovery, as she learns she is hosting an alien presence within herself, one that the second group, the Vongjar, rever. In exchange for help for her mother, Allison agrees to learn to work with the Xeenci called Eenoki, the advanced soul now sharing her body, for the Vongjar believe that only in times of great universal crisis will a second Xeenci appear. Question is, how does Allison reconcile her humanity with the weight of this new status? And, of course, there are those who do not believe her a worthy host, though Eenoki chose her, out of the millions of others out there. I don't usually enjoy alien invasion stories, because the aliens are often left as just that- alien. The Ma'tiok are, don't get me wrong. They act like mere animals, yet they've achieved spaceflight, or someone shoots them into planets to wipe it clean. If the latter, who controls them? If the former, what of their culture and motivations? However, the introduction of the Vongjar and Hytan species changed the dynamic. Once Allison is among the Vongjar, we learn of their culture. The Hytan as well. They cease to be faceless. They become beings whose goals and ideas we can admire. Allison learned the hard way, just how terrified of the strange and unusual most humans are. Her growing bond with Eenoki gave her abilities beyond her known ken, and altered her appearance just enough to fall under the “too different” category for the survivors. Both of these things turned this into a very interesting book for me and I'm looking forward to continuing it!
Rating 4.5/5* I admit that I wasn't quite sure whether I would like this story or not, but I am so pleased I gave it a go and highly recommend you do, too! It is a very different sci-fi page turner where the focus isn't on the aliens as much as on the unlikely heroine, Allison. Allison has had a traumatic year after the untimely and unexpected death of her father. She and her Mum are coping with grief in very different ways and have, to some extent, lost contact with each other because of this. As Allison attends a beach party but, after hurtful comments from other teens attending, she leaves - only for something weird to happen to her. Unsure of what occurred she returns home . . . . only to confront her Mum who shares devastating news just before life as we know it changes as space pods carrying invading aliens land . . . . Told from the first person view point of Allison, the story is action packed, dramatic and traumatic. Allison is only seventeen years old and isn't ready to become the saviour of the human world! Her dilemmas, decisions, actions and interactions are shared in a manner which makes it easy to relate to her as she encounters different aliens, develops new skills and strives to protect those she loves - including herself! There's danger and destruction and only by bonding with and working with Eenoki can they protect the Earth and all humans. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and really do hope that the author is going to make this the first in a series as I'd love to read more about what happens next, both on the Earth and in the Alliance. I hadn't anticipated enjoying this story as much as I did and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys Earth based science fiction with an unlikely heroine! I requested and was gifted a copy of this story and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
An intriguing Sci-Fi Action/Adventure Note: This review contains NO spoilers Fate of the Stars intrigued me from the start... when I read the synopsis. Thought it was an interesting sci-fi storyline. Well, no regrets there... I was pulled in to Allison's plight when her home is invaded from beyond the stars. When a dangerous situation plunges her into an incredibly difficult decision with lack of or no knowledge and/or information to help her. Moreover, Arwen Paris skillfully describes these invaders with great detail... enough to get the imagination going. It is a life and death situation that Allison is thrown into, and she has no choice. Well, she does, but her options look awfully dismal...haha! Anyways, the character development is well written and evenly written out for all characters, even minor characters alike, evenly, particularly to the importance each one has to the storyline. With each description, the imagination's eye is able to capture a visual, even an idea of the strong personalities these individual characters have that Allison encounters. Arwen Paris also effectively describes the different aliens and their personalities. Not only that, the descriptive writing in laying out the setting almost placed me "smack dab in the middle" of this chaos...haha! I got the feel of Allison's desperation and exhaustion as she fights to keep her loved ones... and the entire human race... ALIVE! I was in awe and "at the edge of my seat" from beginning to end. However, I felt that there was sooo much going on. I also thought, that at various different points in the book, the book could have already come to a close, even for a cliffhanger, ... some parts seemed repetitive. Moreover, as I came to the end of the book, there was just a lot of open-ended storylines and subplots that were left open. This definitely feels like the first book in a series. Well, the plus side of this is the cliffhanger which hints at the potential for spin-off series for the various characters introduced in this book. I do look forward to more to come. What lies ahead for Allison as she begins her adventure... as Earth's priestess... We will have to wait and see... Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher but all opinions are my own.