Monday, September 16, 2013

Starglass by Phoebe North

Starglass by Phoebe North
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.  But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime--one that will determine the fate of her people.  -

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 series have really gotten me into sci-fi space-type books with romance.  So I figured this one would be similar.  I'm not sure if I went into it with my expectations too high, or looking already to compare it to the aforementioned other two series' that I loved, but I had a hard time getting through this one.

I finished it because I don't like to DNF, but to be perfectly honest, this book bored me.  The only redeeming quality was the main character.  I did like her because she was real, not perfect, but flawed.  It was depressing how she has tragedy all around her, and so I really felt for her quite a bit.  But I have to admit that this is where it ended for me.

I didn't really care for any of the guy characters in the book at all.  One is selfish, nerdy (and not the cute nerd type either), and kind of a know it all, and the other one is self-centered, conceited and clueless.  Then there's a dream-state guy that you think is an alien, and I have to wonder how that's going to look as a romance in book 2.  So for me, there wasn't really a romance in this story at all, which is always a major letdown for me because I'm a romantic who loves to read romance in my books.

I just never really felt invested in this story, and I never felt connected to the characters.  I skimmed to get through it.  I know quite a few people have loved this story, and more power to them.  It just wasn't for me.


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