Title: Bright Star
Author: Nickie Anderson
Release Date: November 9th 2012
Published by: Nickie Anderson
Read: December 23rd 2012
Pages: 170-eBook-given for review
It’s bad enough that Sadira Pascal’s father doesn’t make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he’s always been home for the important things. It’s worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira’s field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky.
The Central government confirms her father’s death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn’t believe there’s any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star’s crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father’s work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.
What I thought:
I received this book from the author for an honest review, thank you!
The first thing I liked about this book were the futuristic machines! Not only did they have hover cars, but the technology seemed more advanced and it was really interesting. Sandira had so much drive and will to find her father and make sure he was alive, but I also felt sad for the loss she suffered as the book went on. The little journey that Sandira and Baruj embark upon later in the book was pretty cool, I liked the characters that they meet eventually, and although harsh at times they were strong survivors.
However there were a few things in this book that if they would have been different I probably would have liked it even more. First of all this book is short, which of course isn’t always a bad thing, but although the story was good I would have liked to see it expanded a bit more. The world building was one of the main things that was lacking. In my opinion if you’re reading a Dystopian book, you need to know how the society works, how it’s run and how it’s controlling the citizens and what happened to make it so. None of this was really answered in a way I would have liked, the Wall and government were just there, and while the corruptness of the society was hinted at I would have loved to know more about it because it did sound really interesting! A bit more back-story and a closer look into the characters would have been nice too, I felt like I didn’t get enough of them as I wanted.
The ending left it so that the story could continue on, and I would definitely like to see where it takes the reader next.
So while this book was good and I liked the story, I thought it could have been expanded and built upon much more, and I do hope that there will be another book to continue the story. Definitely give it a read, it was worth it!