Title: Our Dark Stars
Authors: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.
Y’ALL. The first month of 2018 isn’t even half over when I’m typing this, and I’ve already read one (well, two, but more on that later this week) of my absolute favorite reads of the year. 2018, Audrey Grey, and Krystal Wade have all blessed me.
First off, let’s take a moment to appreciate that absolutely gorgeous cover. I know I’ve talked about my usual distaste for people on covers thing before, but I can’t help but make heart eyes at this one. It’s what drew me to this title to begin with, so major props to the cover designer. Now, I’ll admit, the synopsis made me hesitate a bit. I’m not usually one for sci-fi, so I had to have a little internal debate on whether or not I should took a chance. I figured “2018, new year, new me, blah blah blah” and went for it. Shoutout to past me, because I didn’t have any of the problems I usually run into when reading sci-fi.
If you’re sci-fi hesitant like I was, rest assured that this isn’t your run of the mill sci-fi. For one, it’s not crazy dense with off the wall technologies and hard to understand worlds. The world building is still great, and you still very much feel like you’re in space, with all of the good stuff that entails, but it’s not too much. There wasn’t a single moment where I felt overwhelmed or confused. The writing flows so nicely, and the pacing isn’t too slow or too fast, so you’ll be turning pages at a steady rate and devouring this one like I did.
Now, for the characters and the romance. I don’t want to gush too much, but the romance aspect was done absolutely perfectly. There was angst, but not too much angst. I dig the whole “enemies to lovers” kind of deal, so I was automatically on board for it. As for the characters themselves, I felt like they all had very distinct voices and personalities. You get invested in their lives, and genuinely start to freak out (audibly squeal and flail) when they’re in danger. I freaking love Will, but y’all know I always end up going for the rough around the edges boys, so that shouldn’t shock you.
I won’t ramble too much more. Just trust me when I say that you want to read this book. Expect to see this one pop up again in recommendations posts along the line. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.