27 February, 2018

{ Mini ARC Review } Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade


about the book }


Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade
standalone novel
publishes March 6, 2018 by Blaze Publishing, LLC
ARC provided by netgalley
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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my review }

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I’m a bit surprised by this book. Admittedly, I went into it for a quick read… but I wasn’t really expecting anything. I liked the aesthetic of the cover and the synopsis, so I was a bit optimistic. And then I was surprised because wow, this book was so much more than I’d expected it to be! 

This is told from two points of view, and for the first few chapters, they’re a hundred years apart. Circumstances lead to the main characters meeting eventually and it is as wild as you’d expect it. I think my favourite part of this book was the dynamics between humans and mocks. Mocks are sort of like robot companions (don’t quote me on this)? In Talia’s age (which was a 100 years before the story currently takes place in), mocks were beneath humans. A century later, in Will’s time, it’s humans that are seen as lesser and mocks that are at the top of the hierarchy. The changes that led to this were fascinating to me! It was unlike other scifi novels I’ve read before and it made Our Dark Stars stand out. 

I really liked the ragtag crew in Will’s ship. I didn’t care for Will all that much—frankly, Talia’s chapters were much more interesting—but by the end, I was rooting for both of them and their impossible mission. They—not just the main characters, but everyone on board—had unique dynamics and I enjoyed seeing that through both Will and Talia’s perspectives. 

My only complaint is that they mentioned the auburn of Talia's hair a lot. Too many times. I don't really care about her hair.

Overall, I would recommend this! It’s not overly heavy on romance—there are hints of it but it’s more build up than anything—an intriguing dynamic in the world, and fun characters! 

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