I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Beyond Our Stars today, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on a blog tour, but I have to admit, I’ve missed it. I was first intrigued about this book actually because of the publisher, Bloomsbury Spark. I wanted to read a book published by them, since they are just starting out, and since I’m a die-hard fan of dystopia, I couldn’t resist this book. I enjoyed the book, so I have a review and a lovely giveaway for you at the end!
Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi
Release Date: December 13th, 2013
Source: Received from publisher for tour!
Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She's been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend's heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.
Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can't seem to forget.
As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.
Going into this one solely remembering that it was a sci-fi with dystopian elements with a pretty cover was advantageous for me, I think. I was thrown into a different world without really knowing what was going on- and I liked it. Despite that, however, I felt as if this book started off with a bang, had a few bangs in the middle, but fell a little flat otherwise. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read for me, although I can’t say it’ll be hugely memorable.
I have to applaud the author for the creativity put into the science fiction concept behind this book. I was always craving for a tad bit more world-building, especially regarding the past, but I liked the concept that was woven. The simulations present were really intriguing to me, and I really liked how creative they were. Sometimes the creativity threw me off a bit- just because it was so different- but I liked having to imagine completely different from the norm. It’s all part of the sci-fi experience that I enjoy so much.
Another thing I really enjoyed was how much of an easy read this was. It was pretty short, but I flew threw it in an afternoon regardless, because I just didn’t want to stop It was one of those cases in which I told myself I would get up after I was half done… and then look up to realize I had finished the entire thing. It was nice to be able to breeze through this book because I just wanted to know how things would happen.
However, while the first chapter utterly gripped me, being thrown into a completely unknown situation and all, I can’t say that the rest of the book was as good as that first chapter. The explanation unraveled after that first chapter, providing some background, which was fine. But as the book wore on, I found a plot that lacked tension in many places and was riddled with clichés. There were also a lot of plot holes that I just didn’t get. This book isn’t unique in its plot as it is in its concept. We find what many dystopians have these days, and I was sad to see that nothing really blew my socks off.
Also, Hope, our main character, confused me so much. I never got a grip on her character and it severely affected my overall enjoyment of the story. She started off the story, to me, with what seemed like a shy, more reserved personality. But after just a few chapters, the reader was told that she was basically a celebrity and that everyone knew who she was. Um, what? She had such an intriguing past that seemed like it would seriously affect who she was, but I only saw glimpses of that. (I also totally wish we would have gotten to see some of her past). I was confused the entire time by her personality, and it remained pretty stagnant throughout the entire book. Hope, unfortunately, befuddled me throughout and that took away so much from the story for me.
Overall, Beyond the Stars has aspects of what I love in any sci-fi novel- an awesome concept, and an addicting-ness that I can’t shake. However, the plot was pretty meh, and I could never get a firm grip on Hope. I can easily say that I enjoyed this book while I read it, because I could ignore the flaws, but it’s most definitely not going to be one that lingers. I’d recommend this one to dystopian or sci-fi fans looking for a quick read.
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About the Author:
Marie Langager lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her husband and son. She has a B.A. in English. She’s certain that many new adventures await us beyond our stars.
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