Made of Stars

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Made of Stars
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12+
Release Date
March 28, 2023
ISBN
978-0593525210
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Inspired by the lawless love story of Bonnie and Clyde, Jenna Voris’s heart-stopping tale of passion and crime will have you seeing stars.

"A thrill ride of the highest caliber. Made of Stars is an explosion of space warfare with beautifully violent criminals you’ll love to accompany." —Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights

Shane and Ava are a team. He steals the aircraft, she charms their mark, and together they take what they need. Not even their distracting chemistry could get in the way. Until Shane was caught and left to rot on a prison moon. Now, freshly escaped from confinement and simmering with anger, he has his sights set on their biggest job yet.

Cyrus just graduated from the flight academy with a shiny new position lined up reporting to a well-respected general. On his very first assignment, he stops the outlaws in their tracks—or he would have, if his annoyingly handsome copilot, Lark, hadn’t fallen for Ava’s deception.

But when Shane uncovers a top-secret plot that would leave his and Ava’s home world at the mercy of Cyrus’s military leaders, he makes it his mission to thwart them at all costs. It isn’t long before the two of them make interstellar headlines with each new heist. And thanks to a chance run-in with the rebels, Cyrus is caught between two versions of the truth. He must pick a side—and fast. Because Shane and Ava will bring the planet to its knees . . . or die trying.

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Made of Stars
(Updated: April 26, 2023)
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3.7
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What worked: Fast-paced intergalactic romp through outer space. This Sci-Fi twist on Bonnie and Clyde is an exciting adventure with endearing criminals you can't help but root for.

There are lots of themes addressed here. Corruption, pride, and greed along with standing up for the rights of innocent civilians. Economic exploitation is shown in harsh detail with those who have money benefiting under a dome with artificial sunlight and warmth while others are exploited. The action is riveting and reminded me of Star Wars' intergalactic fights against evil regimes.

The author brings up PTSD with Shane after his imprisonment on a moon. More than a few times Ava mentions how he changed since being in prison. The chemistry between these two flirts between being more than just friends on the run. Then there's Cyrus who is a flight academy valedictorian with high hopes only to find the darkness within the ranks.

Good witty at times dialogue and great pacing!

Fans of a good action ride in the stars are sure to enjoy this novel.
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1. Fast-paced intergalactic Sci-fi
2. Sci-Fi twist on Bonnie and Clyde
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intriguing YA sci-fi
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MADE OF STARS is an intriguing YA sci-fi space adventure. The story begins when Ava is helping to break Shane out of prison on a moon, where he is suffering from the poor treatment. Once free, they head to their home planet and find that conditions have worsened. Their planet is a mining planet where lives are short and work is hard. Their resources have been thinning due to decreased cooperation with other planets, who view them only for their value as miners.

Cyrus is graduating as valedictorian of a military school, and he is given his assignment as capitol security. He travels with a commanding officer to the mining planet and flubs his first mission as it collides with the job Ava and Shane are planning. Soon, the military and Cyrus are after Shane and Ava, who have new purpose after what they learned while conducting their heist. However, nothing is as simple as it seemed and corruption runs deep.

What I loved: This is an intriguing sci-fi read with thought-provoking themes around political ethics, human rights, military training, standing up for what you believe in, family, and friendship. The central plot of the story is what they learn is happening to their home world and the power dynamics that trap populations in unfavorable conditions, including poverty and unavailable/unequal access to resources. Ultimately, the power and importance of standing up for what you believe in/what is right becomes a powerful message through both of the storylines.

This is a really fast-paced and action-packed book with plenty of heist-type storylines that keep the reader on their toes. The heists definitely transform over time, as they take on a darker and more critical purpose, with a hacking expert and a ship jacking expert to keep them seemingly unstoppable.

The setting was unique in that there is an interplanetary system with space travel, but the infrastructure felt familiar as it is reflected in modern global politics throughout history. These connections raise some important questions and themes that add to the interest.

What left me wanting more: Time jumps around a bit in the story, which makes it a bit hard to follow in places, as there are flashbacks interwoven and then sections leap into the future. There is a lot that happens off page, and this takes the reader out of the story a bit as they try to piece together what happened when and how it connects. The number of characters also made it a bit tougher to get immersed in each of their lives and made them feel less three-dimensional. While it was advertised as Bonnie and Clyde, it did not get quite that feel, in my opinion, while I could see some of the connections, but on the other hand, this was something of its own, for which there is also something to be said.

Final verdict: MADE OF STARS is an intriguing YA sci-fi with a lot of action and thought-provoking themes. Recommend for readers who enjoy a fast pace and heisty reads!
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