Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

I loved this book from the very first page.  For those of you old enough to remember the movie, Starman, this book reminded me of it a great deal, and it was just as good.  Let's talk characters first.

I fell in love with Emma immediately.  She's 100% and completely dedicated to her dying boyfriend Lucas, despite the fact that his mother treats her like an intruder.  Lucas and Emma loved each other prior to his falling ill with cancer, but apparently the mother never did take a shine to her.  She spends the majority of her time at Lucas' house, while the mother barely tolerates her presence.  I'm not sure why this is, as it was never really explained, but at least Lucas' 14 year old brother likes her and the two of them end up becoming friends, and partners in crime in a way.

I never really felt like I knew Lucas, but that was only because at the beginning, Lucas was so sick that he was non-communicative, and then later, he just wasn't himself because he becomes someone, or should I say something, else.

Scout is the key to the entire story, and his character was innocent, almost child-like in a way, as he is discovering new things and new experiences.  The relationship that grows between him and Emma is sweet and special.

What I loved the most about this book, besides the sci-fi aspect, was how hard Emma fought to keep Lucas, to help him get well, to ensure his survival.  Her love for him is proven at every turn.  She will do, and does do, anything to keep him safe, bring him back, and make his life right.  Her dedication and determination and love were the keys to what made this an amazing story.

I won't say more, for fear of ruining it for others.  The writing in this story was fast-paced, beautifully written, and engrossing.  I loved this book, and I loved what the author did with this story.  It was amazing and thrilling and romantic.
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