Starglass (Starglass Sequence Series #1) by Phoebe North
In this futuristic, outer space thriller that #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth calls “richly imagined” and “beautifully written,” Terra has to decide between supporting the rebellion she believes in—and saving the life of the boy she loves.
“This richly textured first novel deserves to be widely read” (Publishers Weekly).
For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava—which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown.
Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A bitchy boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany.
But after Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she’s been sent to assassinate…
Phoebe North is the author of Starglass and Starbreak. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Florida. She lives in New York State with her husband, her daughter, and her cat. Visit her at PhoebeNorth.com.
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More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what happened with me and this book. I was really looking forward to this one, mainly because Beth Revis' Across the Universe series, and Amy Kathleen Ryan's Glow series have really gotten me into sci-fi space-type books with romance. So I figured this one would be similar. I'm not sure if I went into it with my expectations too high, or looking already to compare it to the aforementioned other two series' that I loved, but I had a hard time getting through this one.
I finished it because I don't like to DNF, but to be perfectly honest, this book bored me. The only redeeming quality was the main character. I did like her because she was real, not perfect, but flawed. It was depressing how she has tragedy all around her, and so I really felt for her quite a bit. But I have to admit that this is where it ended for me.
I didn't really care for any of the guy characters in the book at all. One is selfish, nerdy (and not the cute nerd type either), and kind of a know it all, and the other one is self-centered, conceited and clueless. Then there's a dream-state guy that you think is an alien, and I have to wonder how that's going to look as a romance in book 2. So for me, there wasn't really a romance in this story at all, which is always a major letdown for me because I'm a romantic who loves to read romance in my books.
I just never really felt invested in this story, and I never felt connected to the characters. I skimmed to get through it. I know quite a few people have loved this story, and more power to them. It just wasn't for me.
More than 1 year ago
Starglass was a challenging book for me. I usually stay away from books featuring religion and old-fashioned way of thinking about topics such as marriage, sex and race equality and freedom to be and love whoever you want. Since I'm one of those people who doesn't like being told what to do so it was difficult to hold my tongue when some of the characters were acting like primitive old bats. I'm well aware of the fact that most dystopian novels talk about those things but it bothers me more when there's a lot of religious talk thrown in there because my country has gone through a war almost 20 years ago and so many people still think they're better than others.
Over a year ago I bought Across the Universe by Beth Revis mostly because of the beautiful cover and because I was curious. You see, I'm not a huge fan of outer space adventure but I wanted to give it a try. You never know what's good until you try it, right? Well, I didn't like it and it's still sitting on my nightstand, unfinished.
I'm glad I took a risk and read Starglass. It's a story about Tarra, who's traveling in a spaceship to another planet after asteroids hit the Earth. Her father drinks after her mother died of cancer and her brother moves when he gets married which leaves Tarra alone with a drunk father. She gets her assigned job after she turns 16. She also has 2 years to find a husband or the Council will pick one for her.
There are so many things I liked about this novel. Women don't have to give birth any longer. Every couple gets to have two artificial eggs/wombs which takes all the work while both parents get to do their assigned jobs. Men are being sterilized when they get circumcised. A lot of people weren't what seem to be and I was surprised a couple of times when secrets were being revealed. Terra also had vivid dreams about someone in the woods. I could almost picture myself being there with them. Not in a pervy way.
Can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel! Why do I have to wait a full year till I found out more about the mysterious dream guy?
More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I've read from this author. I felt the first half of the book moved a little slow for me. It wasn't terrible, but not my favirite either. The secind half of the book had me guessing until the very end. There a re a lot if secrets revealed, and i dont think I saw any of them coming. I am hoping there is a sequel to this book. I felt there were still some unanswered questions, but if there is a sequel i look forward to reading it.
More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely fantastic. A great work of sci fi and fantasy, all who read it will fall in love with the characters. What agrat read! A must read for everyone.
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