Happy Tarnished Are The Stars Review Post Day, all ya’ll! So many fantastic book tours this October so I couldn’t help sign up for them all, but this one is especially dear to me. It’s sci-fi with gaslamp aesthetics and #ownvoices queer AF.
About Tarnished Are the Stars:
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: Tarnished Are the Stars
Author: Rosiee Thor
Pub. Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher Scholastic Press
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, W/W, Young Adult
Format: ARC, ebook
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The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sharon Cameron.
A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher's chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog -- donning the moniker Technician -- to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner's tyrannical laws.
Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner's son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father's respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father's elusive affection is worth chasing at all.
Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner's secrets at any cost -- even if it means betraying her own heart.
When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic -- before the Commissioner ends them first.
IMHO: Tarnished Are the Stars
Tarnished Are The Stars is like Wild Wild West and Scarlet had a revolutionist rainbow child. I was instantly interested in each camp and their MCs, who all have distinct rotating POVs. It’s snappy & fun. The almost 400 pages just flew by and I’d happily read more of what happened after.
- MCs are Bi, Lesbian, and Aro Ace
- The most romantic actions are looks, brief touches, and kissing.
- Takes about halfway before the gayness gets overt and then goes sailing over the rainbow
- Last half really ramps up the action & intrigue
- No rape or rape threats
- Death of a parent and a child
- Abusive parent with nuance
- Abused child defends themselves, grows out of the negative habits, & flourishes
- Stand! Alone!
- Gaslamp Victorian vibes w/ clothes, manners, and gears
- Can easily be read by the youngest teens
- Hopeful & happy tone & ending
- Can see some complaining about instalove & character changes near the end, but I think it works & feels authentic to me
Also, I donated to the Common Bonds Anthology project & am SO looking forward to Rosiee Thor’s work there as well.
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