It Takes Death to Reach a Star

It Takes Death to Reach a Star

by Stu Jones


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The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. In just five years, the Earth was annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hell-hole in northern Siberia, still engulfed in conflict.
The year is 2251.
Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal-gone-bad, she’s forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.
Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will surely get him Ax’d. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.
Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race, or doom it to extinction...

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ISBN-13: 9781944109523
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 675,810
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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It Takes Death To Reach A Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Well I liked it well enough to finish it but disappointed it never really ended. I guess there are more books to come. But I hate it when I’m caught off guard.
April Perry 12 months ago
This is the most unique approach I have ever laid my hands on. I enjoyed the complexities of the worlds and the landscapes that were painted with cleverly researched words. There was a lot of emotional intensity that set the stage for what was really going on, in any given scene. I got to meet both authors at a book signing, while I was reading this. As a writer myself, I was fascinated with how they developed their own original characters. In a post-apocalyptic future, you expect everything to be cold, dark, and desolate. And in a lot of ways, it is. I loved the faint glimmers of hope in scenes that seemed like all was lost. It started slow and steadily escalated. I was several chapters in before it grabbed me by the throat. I am very much looking forward to the next book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
It is 2251 and after World War 3 and the New Black Plague, most of the population of the world is dead. What remains is in a city called Etyom located in former Russia. Etyom is divided between the Robusts, those that managed to survive the New Black Death, and the Graciles, those that were bio-engineered to survive the plague. Mila Solokoff is a Robust and a bounty hunter that has to deal with the dregs of Etyom. Demitri Stasevich is a Graciles with schizophrenia which is a sentence to death if anyone ever found out about it. The search for knowledge has them crossing paths and coming together with the secrets of Etyom and rebellion. Mila is a bad ass and she has to be in this cruel world. Of course things go sideways and she is caught up in a revolution. I loved her, she was a great lead character. Demitri on the other hand is just another sheep following along with the orders but trying to keep his disease and drug addiction on the down low. I admit that in the beginning I was about done with him being such a wimp. But as the story progresses he does get a back bone and becomes a great partner for Mila. I love dystopian stories and always jump at the chance to read them. This was a great story that quickly drew me in, left me wanting more, and knocked me on my butt with the ending. This is a great story and one that I recommend to those that love dystopians. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Started out slow for me, but it ended with a bang! I absorbed the detail of the ‘cities’ and characters. It Takes A Death T Reach A Star is much more than I expected. I have two pages of notes I took while reading, but most of that is going by the wayside and I’ll shoot from the hip. The book takes place in Russia, but it’s not like the Russia you know. Some people have managed to survive WWIII and the New Black Death, where almost nine billion people died.. Mila is a Robust and Dimitri is a Gracile. The details of their existence is better if you learn about it for yourself. They are never meant to interact as friends or comrades, but when they do come together, they will never be the same…and neither will their world. Mila walks to her own drum, but Dimitri is a follower. It is rare for him to step outside his comfort zone and when he does, the action becomes nonstop…and dangerous. Mila is my idea of ninjas in the future. She is a badass and I love her. Dimitri is one of the herd, but I knew he was going to grow and morph into someone to be reckoned with. Glad he’s on ‘our’ side. Their missions become one and we are off to the races. The first lap is their meeting. The mid laps are the action that brings them to their biggest, out of this world, battle. The finale is me being able to take a breath and find out who is left standing. Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones can write, creating a world that becomes easy to visualize by the details of their imagination and they do make me wonder, could that be our future? The characters roll off the pages as if they are real, growing and developing into people worthy of our respect or our disgust. But, you can’t have the good without the bad. The suspense and anticipation is ramping up, becoming intense, as the lines are drawn, sides chosen and the battle rages. Gareth and Stu don’t believe in saving all their characters, so be careful who you become involved with. They may not survive. When they took out ‘her’, I was bummed, but when they took out ‘him’, I rejoiced. Just goes to show you how involved I became in their lives and the outcome of the story. It went further than I thought it would and I loved it even more, for the ability of the authors to take me somewhere I have never been. The title is very appropriate. OH NO. It’s over. But what a great ending it was. Will there be more? I love when the author’s are just as interesting as the book, so be sure and check them out. I voluntarily read a free copy of It Takes A Death To Read A Star by Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite In the year 2251, the world as we know it is gone, taken by ignorance and greed. It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel about Mila Solokoff, Demitri Stasevich, and respectively the malevolent Vedmak. Mila and Demitri lead separate lives in the same city, a city in the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia called Etyom. A city where people are separated by classism and conflict. Mila belongs to the Robusts, a lower class society that is starved of the privileges which the Graciles have all to themselves, Graciles like Demitri. However, Demitri isn’t like the rest of them; he’s got a dirty little secret which has nothing to do with his illegal drug use. Funnily enough, the pair are thrown together to make a decision that could alter the lives of all the people in Etyom. It can’t be a coincidence that Etyom takes place in Russia, because some of the best sci-fi novels come from famous Russian authors like the Strugatsky brothers who wrote Roadside Picnic and Dmitry Glukhovsky who created the Metro books. “The world has changed, but the people in it didn’t.” I cannot fathom how Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington created this masterpiece. I am awestruck at how well developed their characters are and how vivid and immersive is the world they have built. It’s so oddly surreal, yet all of it is brilliantly woven together in this fictional post-apocalyptic world. Fans of this genre would be well advised to pick up a copy of It Takes Death to Reach a Star.