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Steal the Stars Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Praise for the Steal the Stars novel
The Verge―Science fiction and fantasy books to read this November
“A brilliant job of adapting the podcast's scalpel-sharp pacing, heartbreaking characters and flawless execution of a fascinating premise into a new format.”―NPR
“A fast-paced, thrilling read that doesn’t slow down.”―SciFi Chick
“The style and tone are unique and vibrant, and it’ll leave you wanting to rant and debrief with your friends.The style and tone are unique and vibrant, and it’ll leave you wanting to rant and debrief with your friends.”―Chapters in Flux
“A fun read for sci-fi readers.”―Borg.com
Praise for the Steal the Stars podcast
A SyFy Wire recommended podcast
“An extraordinary show in every way, Steal the Stars is a high-water mark for audio drama and podcasting.”―Tor.com
“Compelling, lyrical, and thrilling.” ―Max Gladstone, author of The Craft Sequence
"Doesn't so much raise the bar on audio drama as launch it into space." ―Amal El-Mohtar, author of "Seasons of Glass and Iron"
"Snappy, fast-paced, and ferocious." ―Paul Cornell, author of The Lost Child of Lychford and the Shadow Police series
"Comical, clever, compassionate, and hair-raisingly tense." ―Cassandra Khaw, author of Hammers of Bone
"Sharp, superior, intense, and clever." ―Una McCormack, author of The Crimson Shadow
"Thrilling and intimate." ―Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Shades of Milk and Honey
“A UFO story, a military thriller, a sexy romance, and a tech-industry satire all at once―and it's a total blast to listen to. Get ready to get obsessed.” ―Dan Kois, Culture Editor, Slate.com
"Everything I love about great science fiction adventure." ―Geoffrey Thorne, co-producer of Leverage
"This is rad and you're gonna wanna get in on it." ―Brooke Bolander, author of "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies"
About the Author
NAT CASSIDY is a playwright, actor, director, musician, and the winner of 17 Indie Theater awards. Steal the Stars is his first novel.
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This is a very different take on discovering aliens exist. They’ve had Moss, the alien, hidden away for a long time. If you are chosen to work at the facility, you are an employee for life. No quitting allowed. And just going to work each day is a whole bunch of weird, complicated check points.
Dak won me over right away. She’s something else. You wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. But she’s also vulnerable, lonely. When Matt, a handsome, eager younger man joins her security team, she’s immediately smitten, as is he. But fraternizing between employees in any way is expressly forbidden and could get them sent to the far corners of the planet, or worse.
I know, sounds like insta love. Sure, they fall for each other quickly, but working for such a secretive project doesn’t allow you many opportunities to connect and the mushy stuff isn’t a focal point in the story.
Their decision to run away and take Moss with them isn’t as simple as it sounds. I got nervous just reading how they had to plan and sneak and lie. I felt for sure one or both would trip up.
Very suspenseful reading. And the ending isn’t anything I was prepared for. All I could think was I liked how it concluded and, it figures.
Great science fiction and now I must listen to the podcasts.
I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.
I wasn't sure if the novelization was right for me. I liked the podcast a lot, and I love that stories are being told in this medium, so I wasn't sure if the novelization was just going to be a complete rehash of what I just listened to. At times it is pretty identical to the podcast itself, but there are also these really great similes that I don't remember being in the podcast. I think Cassidy did a really good job of giving us more insight into the characters. I think the novel also give us a little more background on the Sierra Corporation, and why they suck! I don't recall finding out why the character only known as X is in prison, but this is told pretty explicitly in the book. It really hammers in why Sierra is the worst!
I still have so many questions. Like how did Sierra come to take over the world so quickly? I think these are questions for the reader to ask, and are not necessarily something that is answered within the story. This story is a sneaky dystopia, it's so very subtle and looks like our world right now or the not too distant future that you don't realize what has happened to the world until much later in the book.
One thing that is different about the podcast vs. this novelization in the tense that it's written in. Dak our main character is telling the story again to Matt, with all the "you saids." I thought this was an interesting writing style, and I don't think I've read a book that employs this before. We also find out right off the bat that Dak's life took a turn for the worst, when in the podcast we are left in suspense and are not really sure what is happening yet.
I liked this book a lot, but I also wonder if I liked it so much because I liked the podcast too? I don't think you need to do both forms of this story, but you can if you want. Podcasts aren't for everyone, so if that medium doesn't work for them I think it's great that there is a book out there that they can read. The book tells the same story, so you are not missing anything if you don't listen to the podcast first. I am very interested to see what people who haven't listened to the podcast feel about it this book. I enjoyed it a lot, and if you like subtle dystopia and military sci-fi I highly recommend it!
*I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review via NetGalley.com. This in no way influenced my review.
Fantastic storyline and remarkable world-building with just the right amount of romance tucked into a thrilling adventure. The characters are well fleshed out, but I’ll admit…I was more a fan of Matt than Dak. Perhaps I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way Dak narrated parts of the story? I haven’t quite put my finger on it. The pacing dragged at times, but overall I enjoyed the story and will certainly recommend the book to all fans of Science Fiction. Just be ready for the ending because… WOW! I can’t get into details, of course. You’ll have to read the book to learn what I’m referring to… and trust me, you want to find out!
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