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The Star Host Paperback – March 3, 2016
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A wife and mother of three, F.T. holds degrees in psychology and English literature, and is a long-time member of her college's science-fiction club. F.T. has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and science-fiction novels--especially anything by Douglas Adams.
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The Star Host by F. T. Lukens is the story of one such person, Ren, whose body holds a small piece of a star, which gives him immense power to commune with—control or be controlled by—machines. He’s taken prisoner by a power-hungry ruler and isolated in a cell. In the cell next to him, however, is Asher, a former Phoenix Corps military man who becomes his confidante, friend, and eventually, his love.
The novel tells the story of Ren’s capture, his attempts to harness and hide the power he has, and his witness of cruel and sometimes deadly treatment of his friends. The novel also tells the story of how Ren and Ash become close, how they come to depend upon and support one another, and how—finally—they plan an escape from the dungeon in which they’re held.
I’m not doing it much justice here: it’s absolutely riveting. With a plot strung tight with anticipation and sharp writing in which two very different, very distinct and real characters come to seem real, The Star Host held me so tightly I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it entirely, in nearly one gulp.
That sentence, though, the first one I wrote, keeps calling me back. It resonates on more than one frequency here. Though love between two men, in this novel, in the world it describes, seems neither out of the ordinary, nor strange, nor dangerous, nor remarkable in any way (unlike in our own world), and the fact of this is unremarkable to the story’s narration itself. Visiting in this world feels like such an immense relief, for being gay doesn’t seem to matter at all.Read more ›
He wants to escape, but he knows he needs to be strategic about it. The baron seems to be amassing an army--to what purpose none of the new captive can even guess. The citadel is a fortress, and the baron's general knows that Ren's power allows him to control any machine. Ren's a star host, and his gift is technopathy; he's soon put to work fixing all the broken tech that serves the baron's army. And this includes spaceships that seem poised to go offworld.
Ren is housed in a technopath-proof iron prison alongside Asher, a political prisoner. Asher was born and raised on a drift--a space station. He was a member of the Phoenix Corps who crashed on Erden. The only reason he's still alive is because his mother is a galactic counselor--and providing regular evidence that Asher lives keeps the Phoenix Corps from landing on Erden and wrecking the baron's plans for offworld domination. These plans include coercing Ren into tapping into ships and space stations, defending and controlling them in the name of the baron. Ren has other ideas, however. He wants to go home, but knows this is impossible. With Asher's connections they may just be able to escape Erden together, and keep Ren from fusing with the machines that call to him.
It's a fascinating "chosen one" tale with elegant prose and a fast-paced plot.Read more ›
For original review, please visit the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.
I continued my science fiction kick with a YA novel I have been eyeing for quite some time. The Star Host by F.T. Lukens hooked me from the blurb. It still hasn’t let me go, and I finished reading it hours ago. I want more… like right, the heck now. I need more Asher and Ren in my life. You need more Asher and Ren in your lives.
Ren has a special ability that his family spent his whole life hiding from him. When those abilities start to manifest, it couldn’t come at a worse time. He unwittingly catches the eye of some very powerful and very power hungry men. Men who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The Star Host deals with power struggles, power corruption, slavery, murder, friendship, tragedy, family, love, and so much more. There are underlying themes and lessons everywhere you turn, but they don’t hit you over the head. This story is not a didactic exposition. It subtly teaches you about the importance of love and friendship. It shows the effects fear of the unknown can have on society. It teaches you to be wary of the motivations of those in power.
Along the way, you get to meet two fantastic characters — Ren and Asher. Two characters who just want the other one to stay safe. Two characters that have a lot to learn about themselves as well as each other. Two characters surrounded by a pretty kick butt team. Two characters who have not finished telling us their story.
I sincerely hope Lukens has more in store for Ren, Asher, Rowan, Jakob, and crew. I will certainly read it if they write it.
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This novel is a standout. In a genre that for so long focused more on the aliens and absurd and is FINALLY getting more into the hearts of its characters, this novel blows all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dakota Shain Byrd
I read this book in one day. I loved the characters and action through out the story. I cannot wait till the second book comes out.Published 1 month ago by Frederic Nash
What TOTALLY WORKED for me:
The world: Other reviewers have talked about the GORGEOUS world-building in this book and they aren’t wrong. Read more
Highly recommended for young adults looking to get lost in the next sci-fi/fantasy adventure series. Sure, it's your standard "Good vs. Evil" Star Wars intergalactic tale. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bob Heske
I won’t lie, this isn’t the typical genre of book I read but I absolutely loved it. I won’t spoil any of it, but the author makes it easy to visualize and fall in love with the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Meghan
A fasted paced, gripping story—I felt myself drawn into world that was both enticing and held a real authenticity that kept me hooked all the way through. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suzey Ingold
This book is exceptional. I read it in one go, through the night (which says a lot because I am very strict with myself about bedtime). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jude Sierra
Five stars for F.T. Lukens’ The Star Host, which lured us to a universe of planets, “drifts” and power-grabbing nobles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha
As the story progressed, I found it harder and harder to stop readingPublished 3 months ago by Craig