Justice Buried

Justice Buried

by Hilary Thompson


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Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson

The people need Justice, but she's not listening.

One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three dystopian cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to rescue them.

Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer. Astrea fights her fate until discovering a power she never knew she had, and a handsome ally she never expected. With her life in danger, Astrea must choose between saving her city or herself.

This thrilling young adult adventure is the first in the richly-imagined Starbright series, which is laced with mystery, mythology, romance, and magic. Justice Buried will have you questioning fate versus free will along with Astrea's strong female lead, and wondering who can be trusted when everyone is keeping secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995679207
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Series: Starbright , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hilary Thompson used to be such a practical girl. Then she let the stories out.

Now she creates worlds, people, and problems that are grounded in real life, if you accept that real life has magic around every turn.

She was born to parents who made a habit of taking roads less traveled. But she was also a first child, and an independent, willful child, so she's made a habit of taking a few roads on her own.

Now she teaches Creative Writing, English, and AP Literature, writes whenever and wherever she can, and reads as much as her eyes can handle. She plays superheroes and dress up games and reads books in bed with her own independent, willful children and plays at homesteading and world traveling with her wonderful soul mate of a husband. She tends to ignore laundry and dirty dishes.

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Justice Buried (Starbright) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Isn't this cover just gorgeous? I won't lie. I totally chose to read this one because of the cover. I couldn't help myself. Thankfully reading this one did not end up being a mistake. The story contained within is truly worthy of this beautiful artwork. Imagine yourself in a future world where everything is dictated by what astrological sign you are born under. Your vocation, the colors you are allowed to wear, who you will eventually partner with, it is all decided by what your zodiac sign is. Now imagine yourself in a city that is underground. No one alive and living in the city has ever seen the sky, the moon, or the sun. They have only experienced life living in a city that exists in a cave. History tells you that at least two other cities have existed outside and above ground, but no one alive knows if they are still there - as your city was created to save humans from dying for a horrible sickness. This is the world Astrea has grown up in. However, she has even fewer choices than normal girls her age. Astrea is part of a prophecy. Her birth, and the birth Lexan the boy she is told she must partner with when they are old enough, was a sign that it will soon be time for the citizens of Asphodel to come out from their cave city and explore the world above. To top it off, Astrea is expected to be the leader of this new world. Astrea really hates not having choices and she really hates that one day she will be partnered with Lexan. As the day Astrea and Lexan are to officially "choose" each other as partners for life, Astrea's world starts to unravel. She isn't sure who she can trust. She isn't even sure if her own parents are there to help her or not. All she knows is that her life is in danger. Then to top it all off, she meets a boy from the outside world. Can she at least trust him? This world was brilliantly crafted. I had absolutely no trouble imagining it as I read along. I thought the Zodiac idea was excellently executed and very creative of Hilary Thompson. She did really well showing the personality traits of the signs into their owners. Astrea definitely felt like an Aries. Like many YA books, there is a love triangle. I thought it was done well. I must say though that at this time I still do not trust either boy. I like Astrea as the head strong female she is and I hope her character never fully develops into one that constantly needs a boy to help her. One of the things that irked me the most about Justice Buried was that I felt Astrea went a little backwards in her development. She is a very head strong, dependent female. She ended up losing herself a bit at one point. This would be fine if she found herself again, but I don't feel that she ever really did. I hope this problem is rectified in the sequel. This book was very engrossing. I enjoyed the world immensely. I definitely recommend people pick this one up. My Rating 4 out of 5 stars You can find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/ This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Hilary Thompson for the request to read and review her book, Justice Buried. In this first book of the Starbright series, Astrea is going to be partnered with Lexan against her will and she's being told by a teacher that she's in extreme danger. He also tells her that there's a secret history of their community, Asphodel. Asphodel is a community of Earth survivors who moved underground after the Great Sickness took over Earth's surface. The First Leader and Minister govern the community and Astrea is being trained to be First Leader and her future partner, Lexan, is being groomed for Minister. The citizens are grouped by their horoscope and zodiac signs and rely on astrology to decide their future, including careers and spouses. Beautiful descriptive writing and complex characters make this an entertaining dystopian read. 5 stars.
_staceykym_ More than 1 year ago
Justice Buried is about sixteen-year-old Astrea - or Trea - who is supposedly the Starbright Maiden of Justice, prophesied by the Fates to bring her people of Asphodel from their underground city to restore the world from the Cleansing and establish contact with its two sister cities with the help of Lexan, her Scales. But Astrea is not satisfied with her prophesied future and her duty to partner with Lexan so that the two may finally fulfil the prophecy. As she rebels, she uncovers ancient secrets, forced to fight for her life against those who would use her power. Personally, I haven't read any astrology-or-zodiac themed books in the past...2-3 years? So this was a refreshing novel to read. This book was filled with lots of mystery and intrigue, gripping you at times and making you wonder at others. What I love in every single novel - and which doesn't appear very often these days, which is a bummer - is the little something in front of every chapter such as a poem, quote, song, history piece or an extract from a fictional book inside the world of the novel. Each chapter begins with that little extra which makes the following chapter more engaging, allowing us a deeper understanding of Astrea's and Lexan's world, their actions and their thoughts. A slight downer, there is a love triangle. I have the slight feeling that the love triangle should not have happened. The book would have been heaps better if the romantic problems between Astrea and Lexan stayed just between the two of them. But noooo! Astrea had to go for a different guy who promises her a future full of freedom whilst loving Lexan would mean a destiny. *Slaps forehead* On the grammatical side of the novel, it was pretty good. Every now and then I would spot a phrase and go, "I want to use that in my novel...if I ever write one!". I saw no mistakes and the lovely font of the title was nice to see, too. I really can't find much to criticise this book. It was a lifesaver in a time when I was really desperate for something that rated a four star or above. Like REALLY desperate. It was a four and a half stars in my journal, but the comebacks listed above made me round it down to a four. Congratulations to Hilary Thompson on a wonderful debut novel, and thank you for saving my day in a tune when I was going positively insane from book deprivation! Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
Reniazen More than 1 year ago
Mama's Thoughts on Justice Buried: I am really digging this series, though this book brought up some things I feel I should point out for the sake of honesty in my opinion. Well to be honest with you, I had to really warm up to Astrea. She seems very selfish and confusing, but the more I thought about it (and the more I read) I realized she's very much a sixteen year old girl- which is an age full of confusion and contradiction. Given this, and the antithetical facts which are divulged once a certain handsome stranger enters her realm, you've a recipe for one befuddled protagonist. I still think of Trea as a heroine because she goes through a lot of personal growth and even as young as she is, she wants to do the right thing. This is what I admire about Hilary Thompson's writing. It's so painfully real, and elaborate in its scope that you can't help but love it. Justice Buried winds a twisty passage of tangled myths and prophecies, conflicting stories, and potent beliefs. When you don't know who to trust, you absolutely must trust yourself, even if you don't quite believe in yourself. Once again I have to commend the descriptive quality of this tale, and I would absolutely recommend the series to those who enjoy YA with intelligence and heart. 4.5 stars! ***free copy provided for honest opinion***
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Justice Buried (Starbright) (Volume 1) by Hilary Thompson tells the story of a new world order. The world as we know it now ceased to exist in 2068, and one underground city at least survived. Three cities are said to remain, two above ground and one underground. Justice Buried is the story of the underground city of Asphodel. The prophecy was that in one hundred years a child born on the spring equinox and one born on the autumn equinox would venture out of the underground city and start a new city above ground. Astrea and Lexan are those children, but there are those who would prefer they did not reach their goals. Some in Asphodel don't believe that there are any people left above ground, and others believe there are. Things become complicated when Stian arrives in Astrea's hidden cave, as he actually comes from the surface. Can he be trusted? Astrea and Lexan find they must do things they never thought possible in order to save the city and the people they love. The current world ends in 2068, which is not too far away, and in a manner that seems reasonable enough to be realistic, which makes the book that much more compelling to read. Hilary Thompson has written a story that will pull you in from the first page. The author blends coming of age, as the main characters, Astrea and Lexan are all of seventeen, with the struggles of truth and justice, what is right and wrong, how to balance family and community, ethics and morals. It is an amazing beginning to a three-part series that draws you in, keeps you reading and is fun, but at the same time, when you sit back and think about what they went through, it will have you thinking about the choices they had to make. Wonderful book for middle schoolers, young adults and adults as well.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Justice Buried (Starbright) by Hilary Thompson, sixteen-year-old Astrea had been born into a position one may have called privileged, but she saw it more like a curse. As per a very old and trusted prophecy, she was next in line to be the First Leader of a city that had been locked away underground for over 100 years. As part of the prophecy, she was also destined to marry Lexan - a man she neither liked nor trusted. She initially became rebellious against the implications of the prophecy, but eventually started accepting her fate. However, many things did not add up and everyone was just giving her small bits and pieces of information, and telling her not to trust the other person. She was, however, determined to piece the puzzle together before her fate was sealed, but this would not be an easy task seeing how she did not know who to trust - not the man she was destined to marry, not even her own parents. As if her situation was not hard enough, an unprecedented visit from an enchanting guest made everything even more complex. Plus, the existing First Leader was in no way ready to give up her seat and this put Astrea's life in danger.  Justice Buried (Starbright) by Hilary Thompson is a flawlessly written fantasy story that had me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the very last. The suspense started building straight from the very first chapter and kept getting more intense as I swiftly went through the pages in a bid to discover who could be trusted and who could not; at one point everyone felt suspicious. Justice Buried is a one of a kind fantasy story and Hilary Thompson brought it to life beautifully with her flawless writing, compelling characters, and an intriguing setting. The concept of the underground city is so unique and so out of this world and it does not feel far-fetched at all. Hilary Thompson made it seem very real and believable, without a doubt. Justice Buried is the kind of story you remember for a very, very long time. I cannot wait to see where Book 2 takes us.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Justice Buried is a young adult fantasy novel by Hilary Thompson, and the first part of the Starbright series. Justice is the name given to a prophesied maiden who will come from the stars to save the three remaining cities upon a post-apocalyptic Earth. In the underground city of Asphodel, the people believe that sixteen-year-old Astrea is that maiden, and her whole life is under their control until she reaches her fated destiny. In a traditional but superbly effective tale of teenage rebellion, Trea breaks free of her life, her family and even her proposed marriage in order to show them that she knows, deep within, that she isn’t the chosen one. But, even as she rebels against her fate, fate itself shows her the power and potential of her future. All young adult fiction should be written like this. Author Hilary Thompson is able to explore a full gamut of real and very important emotions, telling a gripping, exciting and heart-breaking tale without ever having to resort to graphic content that would offend younger readers. Justice Buried is extremely well-written and truly gripping in the sense that I couldn’t physically stop myself flicking to the next page. I particularly loved the carefully crafted mythology of the three cities, which opens every chapter and really adds to the author’s superb world-building. All of the characters were realistically portrayed, most especially the teens, and the zodiac-obsessed ways of the pseudo-religious leaders were delightfully off-putting. A five star read from beginning to end.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
t was the sight of the cover which initially attracted me to the book; the flame haired girl underneath the sun and stars; but also the intriguing idea of a story in which an underground community is ruled by the zodiac, a system of stars and planets making up astrological patterns which they have never seen. Trea is Asphodel's next First Leader and despite their zodiac signs, being born at the time of the Equinox means Lexan and Trea have to choose each other as partners to fulfill Asphodel's prophecy and guarantee their future. However, Trea is an Aries, making her stubborn and temperamental (like me!), wanting to be given her own choices about a marriage partner. Unfortunately Trea's plan backfires, Lexan having to save her and their relationship evolves from this point, although not without its issues. When Hilary Thompson introduces Stian I was disappointed there was a love triangle, but his character brought so many possibilities to the plot. Justice Buried is a story which completely absorbs its reader. The elements of fear keep us on the edge of our seats, whilst the moments of fantasy and action allow us to imagine and the romance keeps our hearts racing! I can't wait for book two! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
A great debut!  A new YA series everyone should read! I was drawn to Justice Buried first by the cover which is really eye catching.  The synopsis also appealed to me because it had been a while since I read a Dystopian novel. I am so glad I took a chance on this book because Justice Buried is an exciting story!! I have read a couple of Young Adult Dystopian novels and they all have the common theme – a society that appears perfect, young characters that rebel, and a love triangle.  Justice Buried has all this but I found the story unique and creative.  It did start out slow and at first I was confused with the description of the society, Asphodel.  But as I continued to read I came to the realization that Asphodel is actually a future society that is built underground on Earth. We also learn that the society is designed around astronomy, which is easier to accept than most science fiction worlds.  I think it would have been helpful if the author had included a brief prologue describing this Earth, that way readers would have had a smooth transition into the story. Even though the story started slow I did love the characters of Justice Buried. Astrea (aka Trea) is 16-years-old and is believed to be the “savior” of Asphodel.  Her entire future has been planned for her – who she will marry, what vocation (job) she will have, and that she has to save Asphodel. Of course this is a lot for anyone to deal with, especially a 16-year-old.  So rather than go along with her “destiny” Trea fights it at any chance she gets.  This is what I love about her.  Trea may come across as a spoiled, unruly kid but really she is fighting the “perfect” society that she lives in.  This society determines a person’s fate on their astrological symbol instead of what a person truly wants. Trea’s choices are taken away from her and she isn’t given a chance to learn who she is.  All she knows is who she is supposed to be.  Trea is a strong character which I always love seeing in Young Adult story. I also really liked Lexan, the boy that Trea is arranged to be married to.  Lexan is also part of the prophecy that will save Asphodel.  Trea has always had a dislike for Lexan because she felt he was untrustworthy.  As the story develops secrets are revealed and we see a different side of Lexan. Lexan is charming, loyal and heroic. So for the love triangle I am torn between Lexan and the mysterious stranger Stian.  I can’t help but like both guys, which is always a good sign for me of a great writer! The author developed both these characters so well that it isn’t a clear cut decision of who is good or bad. There are so many twists to this story it kept me entertained and glued to the book. I can’t wait to see what happens next! Justice Buried is an impressive debut for author Hilary Thompson. There are so many Young Adult Dystopian books to compete with and I think the author does a great job of standing out. Justice Buried has something everyone will enjoy – mystery, adventure and romance.  I highly recommend this to fans of Young Adult!
MissieS More than 1 year ago
The synopsis for Justice Buried was so interested I could not wait to be part of this tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the original storyline. Likes: I love when books are unique and don’t seem like something you have a read a million times before. There was so astrology and mythology within the story, but it was fresh and new. The idea of living underground in caves was so captivating. And the culture these citizens had created was so interesting. I loved how Astrea and Lexan were paired and were given the role of being the next leaders of Asphodel because of when they were born. There was mystery in the story and it was a quick, enjoyable read. I am definitely going to read the 2nd book in the series, which I believe is still slated to come out later this year. The safe house was really one of the coolest things for me, I imagined this crazy, hidden tree house on the edge of a mountain and a lake. I so wanted to live there! Gripes: Astrea is kinda immature in the beginning. I can totally understand that being forced to be partnered with someone and lead Asphodel would be hard. I just feel like she was a baby at the beginning. I really wanted her to embrace herself and her role earlier on in the book. There is a love triangle. I really, really liked on of the boys (no spoiler here) so I had a hard time with the story because it was not going where I wanted it to go. I am hoping my wishes will come true in the rest of the series. Quotes: I’m not a princess and I don’t want a knight in armor,” I say, my tone a little fiercer than I intended, “I want someone who will stand by my side and help me if I ask for it, but trust me to save myself.”