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Starstruck: Sci-fi fantasy humor (Starstruck Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Grade Level: 11 - 12|
- Book 1 of 6 in Starstruck Saga
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About the Author
She's lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she's starting her masters of Astrophysics.
When she's not writing, or trying to science, she's either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her. She could also be gaming, or pretending she's not watching anything on Netflix.
"S.E. Anderson's debut is a hilarious galactic romp with loving nods to Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy but with a voice all its own.
It's quirky, fun, and utterly enjoyable."
Dragon Award-nominated author, R.R. Virdi of The Grave Report and The Books of Winter.
"Starstruck's pages burst with personality, action, and humour.
A must-read for science fiction fans."
Madeline Dyer, bestselling author of the Untamed series.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 4828 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bolide Publishing Limited (May 4, 2017)
- Publication date : May 4, 2017
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B071CQ29DV
- Lending : Enabled
- Print length : 495 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #558,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Starstruck is a fun, lighthearted scifi tale about a struggling young woman who finds aliens hiding in plain sight here on Earth. Despite her best efforts, protagonist Sally Webber gets drawn into the intergalactic intrigue and meets sinister alien bounty hunters, diabolical crab-people, and a race of empathetic beings who’d really just like the humans to return the crew of their missing spaceship.
There’s a comedic element that had me laughing out loud, touching friendships, handsome aliens, and a diverse cast of fascinating characters. The chapter titles are brilliant, with entries like “In Which I Gain a Healthy Distrust of Parks,” “All of the Abduction, None of the Probing,” and “Messy Things You Can’t Clean With a Sponge.” Starstruck also asks some fascinating scientific questions, like what happens to the momentum of a body in motion when that body is teleported to another location.
It’s an entertaining read that strikes the perfect balance between believable science and lighthearted fun. Sally is a protagonist I found very easy to empathize with, and I felt that the ending was exceptionally well-done– although I can’t explain why without giving away major spoilers. In short, I really enjoyed Starstruck and I think you will too. I highly recommend it!
Fortunately, Starstruck -- S.E. Anderson's debut novel -- doesn't have that issue. Don't mistake: the stakes are high, both in Sally's life and for the world at large, but this is a quirky tale that isn't afraid to occasionally stop and take a moment to laugh at itself.
After all, Sally goes from a relatively dead-end life to one in which she's knee-deep in aliens and trying to save the world. It's an absurd concept, and the narrative not only acknowledges that absurdity, it embraces it. Sally is a great protagonist who is surrounded by equally remarkable characters. Zander is a treat, and Blayde was so much damn fun to read -- very Faith Lehane-like -- that I want much more of her going forward.
Most protagonists with Sally's backstory spend the entire story feeling sorry for themselves, but she doesn't fall into that trope. Instead, Anderson gives her remarkable agency, revealing layers of depth and bravery even Sally doesn't realize she has, and it is viscerally satisfying to see how much Sally grows from the first page to the last.
In a way, the ending is a little bit of a head-scratcher, but a) that's by design, and b) this is clearly the first in a series I have on good authority will be at least five books in length. And if the future volumes are anything like Starstruck, then sci-fi fans are in for a treat.
Anderson's debut is a fun ride with more depth than it might appear on the surface. It's not afraid to go for a laugh, but it also takes great care in making sure Sally is at the forefront of everything. She is a fantastic character, one I'm eager to accompany on future adventures. Fortunately, Alienation -- book two -- is only a few months out.
Starstruck is one of the best books I've read this year, and it is highly recommended.
Sally is really your average girl. I could relate to her on so many levels. Life problems, job problems, and some ptsd that we really never talk about.
Then the worst of the worst happens and some jumps in front of her car before she can react. Bam! Life you’d expect to go down hill from here, but for Sally, it actually goes up. The alien, Zander, has this great ability to heal quickly. But you know… he’s from space and has his own secrets. Bring on the mayhem!
Characters: I really love how diverse the characters are. It’s actually hard to imagine these aren’t real people and just words on a page. There is a lot of life and growth within the book that is really easy to get lost in and appreciate.
Setting: Modern day with netflix and pop culture references. It really felt like this could have happened in the suburbs I grew up in.
Style: Not sure where I’d put this one. It’s labeled as SciFi/fiction and is great for both adults and YA. It’s a quick and easy read with some twists, a few predictable a few not. You can see the author is setting things up for future books but honestly, I have no idea what is being established and I’m excited to see what.
I can easily give this book a 5/5. It’s not my preferred genre and I’m actually excited to read the entire series. I love the characters and am fairly invested in seeing where this next adventure takes them. Zander is also *highly* quotable and I need to know what nonsense he’ll say next.
Top reviews from other countries
Being a fan of sci-fi I knew I had to read this book. Starstruck is the first novel in the series and follows Sally a young woman struggling through life. She dropped out of college, battles with her mental health which means it’s hard for her to retain a job and have the enthusiasm for normal social activities. After Sally’s alarm clock failed her one morning, the events that follow turn an ordinary day into a nightmare. First, she gets fired from her job for being late and then runs someone over with her car, which turns out wasn’t a human but an alien that can heal themselves on the spot. Cue internal screaming from Sally. Zander, the alien lands on Earth looking for his sister and doesn’t seem to know traditional human behaviours, which I found hilarious to read. Especially the coffee scene, you’ll know it when you get to it. His character is likeable, interesting and quite comical at times. I’m looking forward to reading Alienation and the rest of the series to see what happens next.
Overall, I found this book to be a fantastic debut from the author. I really enjoyed her writing style. The storyline flowed perfectly and was just a joy to read. Things I particularly enjoyed were the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters and the sense of humour S E Anderson incorporates into her written words.
The plot itself takes you by the leg and drags you happily along their interstellar quirky roller-coaster. It has hints of all the great sci-fi and comedy tropes that unlike most books in the sci-fi/ humor genre, don't make you want to jump into a black hole. Instead re-invents them and keeps them fresh and relevant to the story.
BY FAR HER BEST BOOK TO DATE. LOVE IT.
Instead of a traditional review, I am going to break it down into an interview with myself as a reader.
Have a few of them, actually:
“It’s a dressing gown,” I replied, but he continued to look confused. “One, you can’t wear that out of the house. Two, you’re stretching it, and most importantly, number three, fuchsia is really not your color.”
“In any case, rule number one, maintain a low profile. I’ll become an accountant.”
“It’s like wearing a decorative noose.”
“Oh, did I mention that you’re fired?”
What age group would I recommend this to?
Upper YA, ages 16+ due to violence, blood and language.
How did I feel reading this book?
Maybe because it was a bit more contemporary to what I’m used to, I found it a bit slow, especially in the first half. However, the second half was jam packed with action and suspense. I love science fiction, but I felt that the first half of this book seemed to be more focused on Sally and her daily life. However, the fact that Zander always crashed the party made things a bit more interesting, because you know Sally’s doing something, and you’re expecting trouble based on his reputation. Once things started picking up (finding out who the villain is and what’s been going on), the story pace picked up considerably and I found myself wanting to read more and more, unable to put the book down.
How were the characters?
I loved how Zander tried to integrate into human society. So funny! “In any case, rule number one, maintain a low profile. I’ll become an accountant.” Bonus points for when he tried to find clothes himself and when he got himself arrested. Out of all the characters, Zander was by far, my favourite.
Sally—well, let’s just say that as the protagonist, I wasn’t overly fond of her. I felt that she kept a lot of information to herself, and takes on a lot of responsibility when she could just ask for help. I mean, for example, when she decided that Zander needed new clothes, she decided that she couldn’t ask anyone else because they would all ask questions. A possible solution would be to ask her best friend, or even her boyfriend, for help, because keeping secrets from them caused her to be more distant from them. However, I liked that she was an independent person who did not rely on anyone, especially in times of trouble and can fend for herself.
Marcy – A great friend, she really was Sally’s rock during her times of trouble, I just wish that Sally would have been able to reach out to her a bit more.
I didn’t have much against Matt, but I found him too jealous and clingy, however, I think this relates to how Sally kept things about Zander from him and how Zander kept showing up, so it’s not really his fault.
As for her boss (I won’t go into detail in case of spoilers), but I had a suspicion about him from the beginning and I WAS RIGHT!!
What did I like?
The premise of the book hooked me right in, especially in the prologue. Oh, let’s not forget Zander’s witty dialogue and his clueless actions, as I thoroughly discussed earlier. I liked the gender inclusivity and acceptance of differences between people. I love how the aliens were right by the humans all this time and no one noticed! It was like ‘I am Number Four’, a series that I loved. I like the science fiction genre, especially aliens with superpowers as it kind of gives it a fantasy mash-up. I also liked that although there was an element of romance in this story, there really wasn’t much in this book and it was not the central focus to the story as well as not being graphic or explicit.
What didn’t I like?
There were some grammar issues (ex, This has been just saved your life), and some parts when it got a bit too technical (like when Zander and Sally talked about his power and how momentum is affected). I know it’s science fiction and that it was necessary to explain Zander’s power, and that such detailed explanations might be interesting for some, but I personally prefer it as just an ability. Other than those two, and that the first half seemed a bit slow in terms of action and plot, there weren’t really any other parts I didn’t like, it was a really good book.
3.5/5 (rounded to the nearest full star)
Would I read this again?
Would I read the sequel or any future books in this series?
Yes please! It ended on an interesting note, I would like to see what will happen next.
This was a great science fiction book. I recommend it for anyone who likes stories about space and aliens mixed with some humour. Will definitely read this again in the future.