Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
Published: October 2nd 2018 by Entangled: Teen
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction | Romance
A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book probably has the most unique plot I’ve ever read. There’s nothing else like it.
The story is set at a time in the future when people were sent to terraform a planet called Dion. However, out of the ten thousand pods that were sent, only a hundred pods had survived. Instead of a habitable, fully-terraformed planet, the people found only a patch of land on which to live. This planet is hundreds of light years away from Earth that they had no choice but to make do with what they have. Since the land isn’t enough to grow plants and animals they brought from Earth, they developed a solution to maximize the food they are able to produce. Part of the population undergoes a genetic modification that will make them absorb two or three times as many nutrients from food than the average person. These nutrients are then extracted from them and distributed to the rest of the colony as pills. These pills also double as currency. Interesting, right?
But as interesting as it was, I didn’t like it.
One of the problems I had with this book is the writing. It’s not bad but there were lines that made me roll my eyes.
“Her smooth delivery hitches on a few syllables, the way a flowing river hiccups around a surprise boulder.”
“My chest contracts so hard I feel my joints pop.”
And the king calls Vela, “eye-apple”. Okaaaay…
The plot was quite predictable and there were some parts which I found confusing or contradicting. There were also hints in the book which made the bad guy pretty obvious.
Another reason why I did not enjoy this is that I did not care for any of the characters. Vela is okay but there was nothing she did that endeared her to me. Carr is so self-righteous and has a superhero complex which annoyed me. Blanca lacked dimension. Astana was, in my opinion, not a good friend with the way she blamed Vela for the decisions she made instead of understanding the reasons behind it.
I finished this book in sixteen days which would give you an idea on how invested (or not) I was. But the part that bumped this down to two stars from the original three stars I planned is the ending. I had mixed feelings about it. I think the “plot twist” at the end was too good to be true. For me, the “act” Vela did was unnecessary. The king knew what her decision will be and that should have been enough without actually going through it.
I posted reading about this book on Instagram and the author told me to enjoy it. Which makes me so, so sad that I didn’t.
This book had great reviews and it just didn’t work for me. But if you don’t mind everything I mentioned that caused my disappointment, maybe you will enjoy this.
“That’s the thing with ideals. They’re so easy to impose on other people. Not so easy to practice yourself.”