February 13, 2019

#BookReview: A Conspiracy of Stars (Faloiv #1) by Olivia A. Cole

Title: A Conspiracy of Stars
Series: Faloiv
Author: Oliva A. Cole
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: Hardcover, 432
Published: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Synopsis:  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.
 




About the Author: Olivia A. Cole is an author, a blogger, and a poet. Her books include A Conspiracy of Stars and Panther in the Hive and its sequel, The Rooster’s Garden. Olivia was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and wandered to Chicago and Miami before going back home. You can visit her online at www.oliviaacole.com.

 My Review: I wish that I could say that I loved this one becuase I really wanted to.  But sadly the pacing in it just got to me around 250 pages.  I just had to put it down and I am so sad that that happened.  This one starts off so well but during the story it just becomes so boring that I was doing everything I could not to come back to it.  This was supposed to be this amazing scifi title but what I found was a very slow story that I just had to say goodbye to.  At first I didn't want to quit becuase I really wanted to know what in the world was going on. But as the story progressed I just found that I didn't care anymore. 



Go Into This One Knowing: Slow Pacing









“A Conspiracy of Stars takes you on a thrilling journey filled with cool science, amazing monsters, and vivid, lovable characters. It strikes that perfect balance of great storytelling and hard truthtelling. Jump in and enjoy the ride!” (Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper)

“Olivia A. Cole constructs a future world that is both fascinating and terrifying, hooking you immediately. Octavia’s mission unearths painful truths about the relationships between power, responsibility, and indigenous sovereignty. This book grabs your heart and will haunt you long after. A must-read!” (Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles and the Tiny Pretty Things series)

★ “This fantastical read is home to exceptional world building that is intricate and lush, and vivid, well drawn characters. Its sci-fi elements…plunge readers into a mysterious, futuristic world that they will be reluctant to leave. A stellar, captivating start.” (Booklist (starred review))

“In a time when books are so often drawn into series, this installment leaves you begging for more. A great science fiction/fantasy addition to any library collection.” (School Library Journal)

“This fascinating work of science fiction explores the interactions between humans and aliens, with humans as the aggressors, prone to violence with a short-sighted ‘humans first’ mentality that does not bode well for their continued existence on their host planet. Impressive worldbuilding, well-developed characters, and nonstop action.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Heart rates of readers will rise as Cole methodically weaves answers into the story, all the while throwing more questions into the mix.“ (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)









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