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Empress of a Thousand Skies Hardcover – February 7, 2017
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"Fans of calculating political maneuvering and expansive, interplanetary plots will find much to enjoy in Belleza’s Firefly-esque debut." —Publishers Weekly
“Belleza creates a thrilling world filled with deception, war, friendship, and love… a good next read for YA fans of Marissa Meyer’s “The Lunar Chronicles” series.” —School Library Journal
“Fans of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and especially readers of Lewis’ Stitching Snow will find much to like in this thrilling yet thoughtful intergalactic ride.” —BCCB
“Belleza’s ambitious debut lays the groundwork for what is sure to be a rich sci-fi series full of political plots and worlds on the brink of war, futuristic biotechnologies reminiscent of M. T. Anderson’s Feed (2002), and startling plot twists.”—Booklist
“Empress of a Thousand Skies will compel fans of series such as Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicle; Victoria Aveyard’s The Red Queen; Beth Revis’s Across the Universe; and George Lucas’s Star Wars. Belleza’s exciting novel debut will make readers desperate for the next book to complete this duology.”—VOYA
“Belleza's debut is dazzling--an adventure as sweeping in scope as the galaxies it spans!”
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
“An epic space opera with all the elements of an addictive read--danger, deception, unlikely allies, and the fate of worlds hanging in the balance. A stunning debut.”
—Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures & author of The Lovely Reckless
“This book glitters like stars. With a heart-pounding plot, twisty secrets, and characters you can't help but root for, Empress of a Thousand Skies had me turning pages well into the night!”
—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series
About the Author
Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing X-Files fanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. She's a children's editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed with far too many bikes and far too many shoes. When she's not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. Empress of a Thousand Skies is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @rhodabee.
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There are so many layers to Bellaza’s universe and this is one of the main reasons why I enjoyed this debut so much. Interplanetary politics plays a large part. From Rhee’s home planet Kalu to Wraeta, a planet destroyed during the Great War and Aly’s birthplace, this world is populated by a variety of individuals who have all be impacted by this war. The peace treaty currently in place was Rhee’s father’s greatest accomplishment, but it has not erased the bad blood between the planets. The war itself created a population of refugees who continuously face discrimination. Technology plays a really interesting role in this world. Most people have what are called cubes installed that make it easy to access information as well as store important memories. Seeing how the characters relied so heavily on this form of technology and how disconcerting it was for them to power down reminded me of how often we rely on our phones for information and how eager we are to take a picture or video of an important event, not realizing that this can sometimes hinder the experience.
At the beginning of the story, Rhee is determined to avenge her family. I liked Rhee for the most part, but there were times when I was puzzled by her decision making. She’d been training for years, but when it came to her plan for revenge, she hadn’t thought much further than getting close enough to the person she believes is responsible in order to stab them in the heart. I mostly chalk up this lack of preparation to her youth and inexperience. She is the kind of character who is motivated more by emotion than reason. I believe Rhee had a lot more influence than she realized and wondered why she didn’t just come out of hiding, take the throne, and then enact her revenge. I loved Aly’s character, flaws and all. As a Wraetan refugee from a once-hostile planet, Aly carries around a lot of weight on his shoulders. He is judged more harshly and seen as untrustworthy by a lot of people. He struggles with living in a world that can be unfriendly and unfair, wanting to prove to everyone that he is worth more their prejudice views would dictate. Like Rhee, he has lost his entire family and is still searching for his place in the world.
Empress of a Thousand Skies has plenty of elements that are relevant to our current political climate, is multi-layered when it comes to its world-building, and introduces two very different and engaging characters that I’m dying to learn more about. It isn’t often that I say this, but I wish this novel had been longer, so I could get a chance to spend more time with both Rhee and Aly.
Our setting? Space, obviously. But there wasn’t much detail put into the world building. I understood a lot about how the different groups worked and their political issues. There’s also a device (cubes) where people can store their memories and use it to replay them or even modify them! That’s a very scary weapon. Which obviously leads to leaders starting wars for said weapon…
Although the story revolves around Rhee, her character wasn’t one that intrigued me. Sure, she’s been a sheltered girl all her life, and now she’s finally out into the world (well, the universe) and she’s growing and learing, but I couldn’t connect with her at all. We don’t know much of her, and although we learn some things as the book goes, we just don’t get enough backstory to feel connected to our main character.
On the other hand, Alyosha, was a very intriguing character. He’s definitely my favorite character in the book! He’s had to deal with racism. He’s been called savage. He’s a refugee, so of course he’s been discriminated against! Doesn’t matter that he’s a famous reality TV star, he’s still framed for a murder because he fits the mold the racist leader is pursuing. I think the book touches the topic of racism and white privilege when we see the interactions between Alyosha and Vic (his white best friend / reality TV companion) and it is done in a very interesting way.
I really love the concept of the book, and THAT EPILOGUE! (Totally loved it!) but I wish the book didn’t just throw you into the story without some backstory… so many things are unknown and so many things had me confused. This book had me on a deep reading slump, it took me almost a month to finish it! I kept putting it off because I felt lost on the story. :/
But don’t let my rating fool you, I will still read the sequel, because like I said… I really loved the concept of the book… and I believe the story has a lot of potential for a strong second book.
Overall rating: 2.5 stars
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