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Starglass (The Starglass Sequence) Kindle Edition
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For example, take the two love interests. Normally, YA boys are gooey constructions manufactured to make young female hearts sputter wildly, but the boys in this novel are frustrating...and not in a sexual way. I wanted to punch both of them at times, which I found oddly refreshing. Perfect teenage boys do not exist, so they shouldn't exist in the fictional realm. One love interest in particular reminded me of every spoiled, elitist prep school boy that I've had the misfortune of attending school with, and I loved it. It was cathartic to hate him, and not in a I-hate-you-but-also-find-your-arrogant-wiles-attractive way but in a pure I-hate-you-so-much-it-makes-me-want-to-stick-my-hand-in-a-blender way.
The other characters defy likeability standards as well. The story begins with the death of Terra's mother, but instead of lionizing the mother, North paints her character ambiguously. My feelings about every character are ambivalent, which I think relates to North's overall theme: things aren't cut and dry. Everyone is a mix of good and bad, so we must act in line with moral standards we've personally determined to be acceptable.
My second favorite thing is the discussion of sundry social issues.Read more ›
The plot on a basic level is highly reminiscent of Beth Revis' Across the Universe trilogy. However, in the course of one book, North takes the plot through what took two books in that series: the dissent on the ship and the approach to the planet towards which they've been heading. This is not to say that the two are identical by any means, because they're not. In fact, I think I rather like Starglass better, both for the abbreviated time on ship and for the more interesting characters.
As I mentioned already, North does a lot of those things bloggers regularly request. There's diversity in that everyone on board the Asherah is Jewish, this being one of many ships that departed Earth as its destruction neared the Asherah only accepted those of Jewish descent. One of Terra's ancestors, a non-practicing Jew and a lesbian (squee!) found a place on the ship. There are other gay characters as well, which is awesome, even if society does not approve, which is less awesome.
Another fantastic thing is how many of the authority figures on the Asherah are female. Women and men are in equal standing here. The current leader of the guard is an imposing female by the name of Captain Wolff.Read more ›
The stuff it does really, really well: Diversity. First of all, this is a Jewish spaceship. Peopled solely by Jewish people. It's so nice to read about some religion other than Christianity, honestly. I loved that. Then there's the fact that the book opens with a letter from a lesbian woman to her daughter. I nearly did a fist-pump at that. The fact that gay is not shuffled to the back like it's something that never happens. I really appreciated the fact that the author used this science fiction setting to explore the issues of homophobia and gay rights. The right of choice is a strong theme throughout the book.
Other things worked for me, but didn't raise that 'hell-yes' feeling in me. Like how Terra reacted in certain situations. How she felt about her situation, and her role in the greater scheme of things. The way the community developed and changed over the 500 years they were traveling to their destination was eminently believable. The writing was straight-forward and easy to read through. This was a quick read - I'd fly through 20-30 pages before I even realized I had. I was glad that romance wasn't a focus, really glad actually, though I think it probably will be in the next book.
But, yeah, there's always a 'but'...But, there were things that left me shaking my head in frustration. I'm a character reader. I love characters, they are what makes me invest in the story first and foremost. Second is the world. Preferably I'd have both of these in my books.Read more ›
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Fresh, thought-provoking, and eminently readable. The story is beautifully layered and the characters are textured and real, with a tantalizing ending. Loved it.Published 5 months ago by MiriamJayne
I really enjoyed this debut novel. As someone who is Jewish (and grew up loving space operas and alien invasions), I feel like this book was written for the younger version of me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R001
The character building and world building in this sci-fi were incredible!Published 8 months ago by Peggy Eddleman
Vivid storytelling really pulled me into this book and I immediately purchased the sequel (Starbreak) to find out what happens next!Published 8 months ago by charlotte
This was unlike anything I've ever read. Just stunning work. I don't want to spoil anything, but let's just say I did not see the ending coming at all. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JCrow
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... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Tale Temptress
A bit slow in the beginning, then couldn't put it down. Can't wait to downloaf sequel.Published 11 months ago by Lisa
First of all, I enjoyed this book and read the sequel as well. However, there are definitely some things that I thought pointed to poor execution or the use of plot devices for... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Breetaiya
This book was fantastic. The world building was really well done, Terra was a wonderfully strong, realistic character, and the plot kept things trucking along. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T. Banghart
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