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Starglass (The Starglass Sequence) Kindle Edition
|Length: 464 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Age Level: 12 and up|
|Grade Level: 7 and up|
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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 ›
Sixteen-year-olds on the ship also pick their life partners with girls as likely to propose as boys. Terra's father is encouraging her to pair up with his apprentice. Koen is willing but Terra senses something off about him. When he introduces her to the revolutionary underground, Terra learns secrets that move her out of her complacency and into a more active role in the fate of the voyage.
This one has lots of the familiar tropes of generation ships. The leadership has apparently lost sight of the good of the people and are most concerned with keeping their social position. I did have some problem with the science fiction. A crew of 1000, despite how clean their genes are, seems too small to make a self-sustaining colony. Even though the boys are sterilized and babies are made in artificial wombs, I have a hard time thinking that they aren't getting pretty inbred after 500 years. I was also asking myself why they had gravity when the engines were off in the ship. I thought that it was unique that the base population of this ship was Jewish. One of the aims of the people who planned this was to keep Jewish culture alive.
I didn't mention that Terra has been having odd dreams of the planet they are approaching and the love that is waiting for her there. I chose to pull this one off my TBR mountain at just the right time. A sequel - STARBREAK - was released on July 8. I am eager to see what happens when they reach the planet they have been travelling toward for so long.
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 ›
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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 11 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 11 months ago by R001
The character building and world building in this sci-fi were incredible!Published 13 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 13 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 22 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 22 months ago by T. Banghart
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