Review: Rosiee Thor – Tarnished are the stars

Posted maart 2, 2020 by Laurie in English, Recensies, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

A while ago, I stumbled upon Tarnished are the stars by Rosiee Thor. This book is stated to be perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. As that is one of my favorite series, my expectations for Tarnished are the stars were high. Did this book manage to meet these high expectations?

Review: Rosiee Thor – Tarnished are the starsTarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Rosie Jones
Length: 11 hours, 3 minutes
Genres: Young Adult
Published by Scholastic Press on October 15, 2019
ISBN: 9781338312270

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.

In this book, we meet Anna, Nathaniel and Eliza. At first, you don’t see the connection between these characters, but later on it all becomes clear. Anna and Nathaniel already meet in the first chapter, Eliza will make a later appearance. At first, I had trouble starting the book. I started reading this book in January already, but I quit after a few pages.

The story was fast-paced, maybe even too fast-paced at times. Tarnished are the stars is a standalone, which is refreshing. However, the worldbuilding is lacking a bit. Tech is illegal in this world, but why? Why is it so bad? Rosiee Thor never addresses this topic and in my opinion it would have given this story something extra. The world is really shallow now.

Tarnished are the stars is a diverse book. I didn’t notice that at first, because it’s intertwined within the story in such a natural way. It’s there and it’s not a big deal. We have both gay and aromantic/asexual characters, they still need to find out for themselves if they are aromantic or asexual. These relationships were a big part of the story, because of politics and such.

Overall, I toroughly enjoyed Tarnished are the stars. I was a bit hesitant at first because of the high expectations, but I’m glad I read this book.


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