Monday, July 15, 2013

Starglass Book Tour: Review + Favorite Quote + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Starglass Book Tour, organized by Shane at Itching for Books! I have a review coming up, as well as my favorite quote and a giveaway for 5 signed copies of Starglass. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Starglass
In this futuristic, outer space thriller, Terra has to decide between supporting the rebellion she believes in—and saving the life of the boy she loves.

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...


My Rating: 4 Roses

This book was definitely not what I expected. Whatever you're expecting right now, think again. This book took me completely by surprise and kept that unpredictability the entire way through. It was a different YA book. But, different in a good way. Starglass was a lovely YA dystopia, one that definitely didn't sit within conventions.

The part about this book that made it so unexpected was that you never knew who the "bad guys" are. Normally, the rebels would be "good" and the controlling government would be "bad." But, things aren't so black and white in this book. There is good and bad on both sides and, by the end, Terra and the reader don't know which way to go. That lent a lot of unpredictability into the book. Add to the the unusual romance and the twists that come about, and you have yourself a book that defies expectations.

Terra started off as a weak character. I was unsure about her and she was definitely unsure about herself. But, as the book went on, she grew up, became stronger. And, by the end, she had grown into her own and was determined to find her own way in the chaos of the rebellion. Her growth was fun to watch and, at the end, I ended up really liking her character.

The romance, as I said before, is different. There are two guys, but there wasn't a love triangle. Koen was her fiance and he was sweet. He was a nice guy and determined to help Terra. But, he definitely wasn't meant for Terra. The other guy was Silvan. The boy she was supposed to assassinate. Now, he was definitely swoon worthy. Tall, dark, and handsome. More charming than anyone has a right to be. Powerful. And not what he seems to be. You would think he would become the main love interest. Hmmmmm.

There was another person, but not an actual physical character. A strange boy that Terra dreams of, but hasn't met. Where will she meet him? Again, hmmmmm ;) I'll give nothing away!

The plot was the weak spot for me. I was never bored and my interest was kept the entire way through. I was completely into the story. But, there were some parts where I wasn't as interested as I could have been. Again, not bored, just not totally hooked either. It wasn't a huge problem, but it was enough to draw notice. But, I still enjoyed the story. The ending of this book promises an epic sequel, so I can't wait to get my hands on book 2, Starbreak. 

Starglass was a wonderful YA book. It defied expectations and turned out to be a great read.  If you're looking for a YA dystopia to knock you off your feet, then you have to read this book.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for a copy!
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Favorite Quote:
"I saw the dying, ancient Earth. She'll see the Asherah, her metal body darkened by hundreds of years of travel through the stars. And she'll abandon it. Because the entire universe is waiting for her, massive and strange and alive.
And full of hope."
 This is the last line of the book and I thought it really described a theme very well. Though Terra sees that she is stuck between two forces, neither just black or white, she also finds hope in choosing her own path and in the potential of the new planet. 

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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 5 signed copies of Starglass. 
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Phoebe North

Phoebe North spent the first twenty-two years of her life in New Jersey, where she lugged countless library books home to read in the bathtub, at the dinner table, in front of the television, and under the blankets with a flashlight when she should have been asleep.

After college, Phoebe went south, enrolling in the University of Florida’s MFA program to study poetry. But after studying children’s literature with kidlit scholars (and geniuses) Kenneth Kidd and John Cech, she started writing books about magic, robots and aliens for teenagers. And realized she loved it almost as much as she loved Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Now, Phoebe lives in New York State with her husband, and many licensed novels. She likes to cook, watch Degrassi, sew, take her cat for walks, and, of course, write. Despite many soaked pages, she still loves to read in the bath.



7 comments:

  1. My favorite sci-fi novel is Tempest by Julie Cross

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  2. Great review. Glad you liked it :)

    Thanks for participating!

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  3. The Fifth Wave was a great science fiction novel or Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

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  4. Ashtrie Karana PutrieJuly 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    my favorite still Dune series

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  5. My favorite science fiction novel is Dune by Frank Herbert. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  6. Thanks so much for the thoughtful review and for taking the time to participate on my tour!

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  7. Happy to host for you :)

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