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The Star Host by F.T. Lukens

The Book ✯✯✯

There were some really fantastic things about The Star Host. I loved Ren and Asher. They were friendship into relationship goals, y'all. They are sweet and kind and driven. As characters, they both care about saving other people and protecting each other. It has a diverse cast of characters both in skin color and sexuality, without ever making diversity the focal point.

The idea behind Host is clever. You've heard it said we're made from dust. You've also heard it said we're made from stardust. And this is the basis of the story. Some people become true hosts to the specks of old, exploded stars and those stars manifest in the humans as powers. Ren is a technopath, and his humanity is at risk.

Unfortunately, the novel only truly picked up and became interesting in the last quarter. It sat at a solid three stars (great, with some things lacking) that I had to give this the average rating.

If you want to read about diverse characters, if you've missed having a male protagonist in YA sci-fi, if you want a clever idea and a simple, quick read: this one is for you. If you want brilliant world-building and deep character development, this one won't fulfill those requirements. In all, it was good, but not great. I enjoyed the read, and hope that the next book in the story grows.

Thank you to NetGalley, F.T. Lukens, and Interlude Press for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

  1. I probably won't pick this one up but it's not really my genre either. Thanks for your review!

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  2. Great review! I like sci-fi so I’ll check it out.

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  3. Nice review. I don't read much sci fi though so will give this one a miss.

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  4. I enjoyed your review. Sci-fi isn't a genre that I really enjoy.

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  5. At least they aimed for diversity ;)

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    1. It did! And it did SO well with that. That portion was beautiful. And I loved their relationship.

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  6. Sci-fi ain't my jam but I enjoyed your review and recommendations!

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  7. I love the way this one sounds even though you rated it three stars. Fingers crossed it fairs better with me.

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    1. Good luck! It isn't terrible. I just... can't put my finger on why I just couldn't truly get into it. Let me know what you think!

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  8. It doesn't sound like my kind of read. Such a shame when part of the book lets the rest down. Great review.

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  9. Not much of a Sci-Fi fan but I will share this with my husband which is! :)

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  10. Great honest review I absolutely love sci-fi and diversity in books as well I might check this book out one day. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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