Hi everyone, welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday. Today I am reviewing the YA sci-fi ‘Beyond Our Stars’ by debut author Marie Langager. It is one of the first titles to be released by Bloomsbury Spark. I would like to thank Bloomsbury Australia for providing me with an eARC of Beyond Our Stars in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.
Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.
As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.
5 out of 5 stars.
I was confused in chapter one about what was going on, but then we jump to chapter two and it’s 3 months early and we start to get an explanation. The book starts out good and then just keeps getting better and better until you are so hooked you are reading it as fast as you can, holding your breath. It was a quick, exciting read that I finished in one siting.
This was my kind of sci-fi, I absolutely loved it.
Earth is gone, and what’s left of the human race is heading for the closest inhabitable planet they can find. It’s been a five year journey and at the start of the novel they have almost reached their destination.
Hope is just as excited about T.D (touch down) as everybody else. But when her relationship with her long time boyfriend, Chance, falls apart, she is suddenly facing the new world alone. When they reach CR-3 there is one thing they didn’t expect – The Locals.
After the first night on the planet, some of the humans wake up with marking on their foreheads – including Hope and Chance.
Those who are marked are thrown into ‘the Stacks’ and are put through virtual reality type experiments that test their level of endurance. I thoroughly enjoyed these sections of the novel. They were action packed (well most of them) and very gripping.
The experiments keep throwing Chance and Hope together, even though he is trying to avoid her after she broke his heart. I love the tension between these two characters and waited in anticipation for times they had alone together. There was no insta-love because they already had history, which made for a much more realistic relationship.
The experiments start to intensify, but Hope holds on to the hope that the aliens are good, though she seems to be the only one. Another thing I loved about this book was the role reversal in it. This was no aliens invading Earth story, this was a human invading aliens story. It looks at our humanity and questions our morality.
Thrilling, captivating and achingly romantic, Beyond Our Stars is one YA sci-fi not to be missed. It reminded me of why I loved this genre so much. I highly recommend it. Marie Langager is definitely an author to watch. I will be reading future novels from her.
You can add it to your Goodreads here.
And if anyone from Bloomsbury spark is reading this, I know you are an e-imprint, but if you think about making print copies I’d definitely buy one so I could have this wonderful book on my shelf 🙂