March 08, 2018

#BookReview: A Conspiracy of Stars by @RantingOwl

A Conspiracy of StarsAbout the Book: Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

Reviewed By: Rachael
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Recommended Age: Teen
Genre: Science Fiction, Fatasy
How I Acquired this book: Barnes and Noble
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author: Olivia A. Cole is an author, blogger, and poet. Her work has been published in such publications as The Oregon Literary Review, The Comstock Review, The Huffington Post, The Daily Dot, xoJane, and others. She was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards. She published her first novel, Panther in the Hive, in April 2014 and its sequel, The Rooster's Garden, in February 2016. She signed a 2-book deal with HarperCollins Katherine Tegen Books in 2016 for a new young adult series, the first of which is due out January 2018.

Olivia grew up in Louisville, KY and lived there until she moved to Chicago in 2007, where she attended Columbia College Chicago, earning a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a minor in Poetry. She fell in love with the city of Chicago–it later became the setting for Panther in the Hive.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This book is quite heavy on the science-y part of Science Fiction. Similar to Star Trek instead of Star Wars.

Check out author's other books? Panther in the Hive
Recommend this book? Yes! And not just because of the cover!

Notes and Opinions: I'm freaking in love with this book!! It drew me right in and didn't let go until it ended...sadly. I honestly could n't put it down. Every time I thought nothing else could happen...boom...something else happens. It's made so you can't put it down (not that you would want to). It was easy to follow and the romance is good. Not thrown in your face out of nowhere. The only thing that I kind of didn't like was the pace. Could have been a bit fast but overall...Book of the year so far for me!!


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