The Story in the Stars

The Story in the Stars

by Yvonne Anderson


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American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award (Speculative Fiction) Finalist, 2012

Dassa skates toward the palace in completion of her Third Quest, unaware the Karkar Plague has returned to ravage Gannah.

On a medical starship not far away, Dr. Pik is ordered to find a cure for the plague – an unlikely assignment, given his inbred hatred of the whole Gannahan race. Duty trumps prejudice, however, and he succeeds… but that’s just the beginning of the story.

Dassa and Pik survive attack by space pirates, food poisoning, savage Gannahan beasts, and a plane crash. The hardest part, though, is enduring one another’s company.

The Creator who wrote the story of redemption in the stars has commanded her to share it with her reluctant savior. That’s not all He requires of her, but the rest is unthinkable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946985064
Publisher: Gannah's Gate
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world.

The Story in the Stars, the first in the Gateway to Gannah series as well as her debut novel, was a Carol Award finalist in 2012. The adventure continues with Words in the Wind and Ransom in the Rock and concludes with The Last Toqeph.

She lives in Western Maryland with her husband of almost forty years and shares the occasional wise word on her personal site, YsWords.

Oh, yeah: she also does freelance editing.

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ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In The Story in the Stars: Gateway to Gannah, Volume One by author Yvonne Anderson, we find our heroine, Dassa, teaming up with the inscrutable Dr. Pik in the hopes of finding a cure for the Karkar plague before it decimates the population of Gannah. In a surprising alliance, as Dr. Pik has professed his hatred for the whole Gannahan race, the two must race against time in their work. When a cure is found, the story doesn’t end as Dassa and Pik need to fight off attacks by interstellar pirates and wild beasts, survive food poisoning and a plane crash and, perhaps most difficult of all, try to get along with one another until they can finish their quest. The Story in the Stars: Gateway to Gannah, Volume One is a strong new entry in the genre of Christian science fiction. The Story in the Stars, the unifying theme of all cultures in the Universe, that all have the same story of the constellations, the same origin story of religion, underlies the religious foundation of this book. The belief that God created all under the stars, not just those from Earth, serves as the basis for the Christian religion for all. Yvonne Anderson’s attempt to unite Christian themes and science fiction in this, her debut novel, is a delicate balancing act, and one not undertaken by many novelists even more experienced than she. Her work will appeal to those who enjoy science fiction, but especially those with a Christian faith, and those who may have found themselves wondering, ‘If there are others out there in the Universe, who is to say that they, too, were not created by God and a part of His greater Creation?’
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Yvonne Anderson's novel The Story in the Stars is a story that had its beginning eight centuries ago. At this time, the people from the planet Gannah attempted to dominate the whole universe but did not succeed because of the plague developed by the people of planet Karkar that caused the Gannahan race to retreat. This time, the whole Gannahan race is again threatened by the same plague and Karkar-born doctor Pik is tasked with finding a cure for the virus under the order of the unifying authority of the League of Worlds. Despite his hatred of the Gannahan, Pik has no choice but to accept the order. When the doctor arrives on Gannah with the cure, he finds out that there is only one survivor and her name is Dassa. It turns out that the young woman has her own mission too. People will either love or hate this Christian-based science fiction story. There is a bit of religion in this story that puts emphasis on the existence of God. Some people who are not Christians or not religious might find the book too preachy and overwhelming with Christianity. It is not even told allegorically. Respect is the key in reading the novel. If you believe in a savior dying on a cross, this book is for you. The faith elements are well-crafted and beautifully written, which makes this book highly recommended by those who believe in God. The various challenges, on the other hand, that the two main characters face is a fitting representation of cultural contrasts and human misses and failures. To sum it up, The Story in the Stars is an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A silvery grey shecat with stars in her fur sat on the Starclan highrock, waiting.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I was conflicted while reading this novel, The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson. On one hand the book was fantastic – terrific writing and a plot that pulled me in right from the start and did not let go until the very end. But on the other hand, there were times where I felt that the authors attempt to push her religious message spoke louder than the story, and I feel it was a tad heavy handed at times. I would have preferred more subtlety – more nuances. Let the reader come to the conclusion ourselves without it constantly being spoon fed to us. But fortunately I only felt this is a few places, and other than that I really thought this to be an amazing book and I cannot wait to read the next one, Words in the Wind!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved all the mythology and creativeness that the author put into inventing this marvelous Christian fantasy/sci-fi book. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books, and although I appreciate literary influences, when something truly original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and I was mesmerized by the world of Gannah and its characters, especially Dassa. I liked the author’s take on the religious influences and how it shaped the course of the story. Definitely recommend for fans of Christian fiction, Young adult books, and of course Science Fiction fans.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
Definitely not your usual SciFi novel! Forget any expectations or preconceived notions about what to expect when reading The Story in the Stars. Just forget them because you will be totally blown away by this incredible epic tale! It’s not often that I am this impressed with an author (especially a debut!) but Ms. Anderson is insanely talented and it shines through in her writing. The world building was magnificent, and I felt like I could picture every scene and character perfectly. I thought the pacing was spot on, and I was hooked from start to finish. This book definitely has a Christian theme and message so if that’s not your thing than this might not be the best book for you. But for everyone else it is a definite MUST READ.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I LOVED this story (I am only a passing sci-fi fan), but in the end the beautiful writing and compelling plot totally won me over. Ms. Anderson is a gifted author and I loved that she really thought outside the box in The Story in the Stars. I thought Dassa was simply fabulous…I loved her strength and think she is a wonderful role model in a time when YA is seriously lacking in them. This book read almost like one that is a classic, and I am excited to get started on the next one right away!
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ksbuffaloe More than 1 year ago
Her ancestors conquered his. In response, his people tried to annihilate hers. For generations, hostility and distrust separated the worlds. But when the plague created by the Karkars to fight the Gannahans resurfaces on the invaders' planet, killing everyone but the future toqeph, the only one who can save Gannah from extinction is a Karkar. And he's not in the mood to help. But sensing an opportunity to secure a spot in medical history--and prove to his people a half Karkar/half human can indeed have redeeming qualities--Dr. Pik condescends to cure the disturbingly fascinating Dassa. Thrown together during the healing process, the galactic outsiders bonded by a history of death form an unlikely friendship, giving Dassa the opportunity to a return a stolen treasure, and to share the story written in the stars. Thought provoking and intelligent, Story in the Stars is both a gateway to the lush world of Gannah, and to the deepest recesses of the heart.
anemulligan More than 1 year ago
I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I'm loving The Story in the Stars! The characters are realistic, they're three-dimensional, and relatable. The story is so good, I couldn't put it down. Yvonne Anderson writes with skill and emotion, bringing this new world to life for the reader. And that's amazing for a non-sci-fi aficionado. I highly recommend it! It's a "must read."