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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  107 reviews
The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other . . . but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts—and alien hunters.

Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 8th 2014)
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Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
phoebe north is a natural storyteller. and the thing about natural storytellers is that they can write stories about nearly anything, and even if it is outside of the scope of a reader's interests, it will still be compelling because of their gift.

Starglass was a YA space opera, which is probably the second-to-bottom rung of my reading interests, right above cozy mysteries. there is nothing wrong with cozies, or space operas for that matter; they have their devoted audiences, but those genres h
Jun 09, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a love story, but the story of how this book came to be is a love story, too: a distant hope, a justified true belief that maybe one day I would be able to write this, the book of my heart. This book was always there--the end of Terra's story, the second half of the coin that was Starglass--but I didn't know what form it would take, and couldn't predict how writing and publishing Starglass would change me and change my characters and change this narrative. So it was a difficult birth, pa ...more
Steph Sinclair
I was really impressed with Starglass last year, so I was very eager to read Starbreak. I didn’t quite like it as much as Starglass mainly due to the romance. I just don’t see me shipping an alien plant with a human. That was really hard and my brain rejected that idea. I was hooked for the first half of the book, but the second half became all about the romance, something that I couldn’t care less about. Otherwise, the writing was beautiful and the plot very solid. I also loved how things ended ...more
(adult review of YA book).

ADULT READER VERDICT: 2.6 stars, rounded up to 3. Probably an easy 3.5+ for most YA readers.

IN SHORT: As a YA romantic tale with a sci-fi veneer, STARBREAK will satisfy many younger genre readers. If you prefer logic, gripping plot, and futuristic technology instead of girls who can't go thirty seconds without thinking of planting kisses, proceed with caution here. This is YA fiction that truly belongs to the young adults.

STARBREAK is Book #2 in a series. Here, our oft
About 2 - 3 stars.

I had great expectations for this book. I loved Starglass - come on, a spaceship full of Jews? Oy!

Unfortunately, this book did not do it for me. I'm not sure what it was.

I loved Terra in the first book. In this book she became a girl with a crush on an alien - a plant based alien. OK, I know it's science fiction and I need to suspend belief, but I just couldn't see them together. So, there's a love story without (thankfully) a love triangle. There were some aspects of this rel
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-doc, ya-sci-fi
Phoebe North doesn't disappoint. I will admit... this made me cry. When you get to the end you will understand. Review to come.

It was wonderful to be back with Terra again. Phoebe North is amazing at world building. The "aliens" were fascinating and complex. I will admit to be a little squeamish about the romance. I understand that the point is that if two people love each other then they should be together, but I still wasn't comfortable. Of course, that is my problem not the book's. And the en
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I AM GROOT... seriously that's all I could think for the entire book.
An improvement on the first book... but I mostly think it was because of Vadix.
Also I feel like Phoebe contradicted herself a lot? Like maybe she forgot what she wrote and instead of looking back in it she just wrote something completely new? Idk maybe that's just me.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I loved Starglass, and this was a very different book. I found it hard to connect with it at first, but it grew on me and I ended up enjoying it.

After the events in the first book, Terra finally leaves the ship to explore Zehava, but the planet is not the promised land she expected. There are overcrowded alien cities and terrible beasts that live in the forests, it seems that there's no room for humans to settle. But Terra finds that Vadix, the alien boy who has been haunting her dreams is real,
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Won from first reads*
I could not have asked for a better ending to such a beautiful story. While reading the first book, I was a little skeptic towards Terra's character, but this book totally made up for that! Terra went from a very weak and naive child to a mature and strong adult, and that character development is what makes this story so inspiring.
The second book does focus on more of the love story, which I actually liked, since the whole first book is essentially set up for the romance th
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
How disappointing...

Starbreak picks up immediately after the events of the first novel, Starglass. Terra and a few random people board a shuttle and descend to the planet where they discover live beings and a very different world they were not expecting.

The beginning of this book is what made me rate this book 2 stars instead of 1. Starbreak has such beautifully descriptive passages about the planet that makes it easy to visualize what it looks like without it feeling too information heavy. The
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, young-adult, sci-fi
A problem I had with the first book is that the only likable character was Terra, and that carried over for me. The love story was kind of meh. (view spoiler) Really, I thought the firs ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A very beautiful ending to a very beautiful story. I must say that Aliens aren't a theme i enjoy to read so when i started the Starglass series i was a little skeptic.

Of course soon i was in love with the first book and now i fell in love even harder with the second one. I really enjoyed the way the story continued and even though the ending of Terra's and Vatik's story wasn't exactly as i was expecting it to be, it was definitely awesome. I'm sure next time i won't be afraid to try reading a s
Jodi Meadows
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so incredibly much.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm conflicted about this book. Here's why:

The previous book, Starglass, frustrated me greatly due to how much Terra seems to just coast between events, failing to really make any sensible action in spite of being the protagonist and a first-person narrator. The general uselessness that she displayed in Starglass really prevented me from enjoying the book for what it could have been.

This book, Starbreak, is hugely different, and I enjoyed it and empathized with and connected with the characters.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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Christine Kirchoff
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This alien society is rich with details and depth. It is truly a pleasure to unveil. There’s lots of action and the ending is sweet and hopeful. I’m so glad I picked the first book up on a whim. I’m looking forward to more books from this author. ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read as digital ARC.

Starbreak is an excellent continuation of the story that Starglass started. You'll probably be surprised by how much you learn about liberty, "aliens" AND Jewish culture. (How cool is the word bashert, right?)
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't think I'd dig this kind of romance, but it grew on me. #puns
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
To be honest, my ambivalence about this book is not so much a result of what it was as what it was not.

It seems strange to say that nothing happens in a book about humanity landing on a mysterious and strange new planet, fighting for the very survival of the species, encountering an alien race, but...that's how I felt.

Most of the book is devoted to a very forced love story between said aliens and our human protagonist. Due to some sci-fi mumbo-jumbo, it's conveniently explained that the protago
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starbreak was the conclusion that I needed and was well-deserved for all the characters. I just hate the feeling that I had to burn through Starglass to reach a better edge.

The sequel starts straight after the end of Starglass, diving straight into action and the world of Zehava. I was rather intrigued by the planet and it's society. The description and world-building was done so well. If anything I think it was done better than Starglass. The beginning of the book was heavily focused on the so
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Slightly disappointed at this sequel. I was definitely more intrigued and excited by the first one. This just seems more of a re-run of the same stuff over again. Way too much boy stuff for me, honestly. Like that we see Terra grow, but I wish it didn't have so much to do with... well, boys. I know she found herself by herself for the most part, but yeah..

It seemed to drag on for far too long and I felt rather bored by the end of the book, because it'd seemed predictable, for the most part. I
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Strabreak is the second book in the duologoy of Starglass. I did not really like Starglass but I wanted to know how things ended.

Terra is heading to the planet to hopefully save her sister in law and meet the boy that haunts her dreams. Escaping the riots happening in the dome Terra rounds up a handful of people and convinces them to head down to the planet with her.

It is so hard to write reviews for books I am not overly fond of. The story did not move very quickly and it focused more on an in
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The Space Jewish Diaspora continues in this sequel to Starglass. I really wish I could give it four stars because I loved the ending journal entry from Terra. However, everything was still all about her. I suppose she did organize the settlement accord with the senate but she constantly bemoaned the fact that she would be alone if Vadix fulfilled his obligation to sprout with Vesla. I also didn't believe that some of the group would choose to return to an Earth which had likely been destroyed by ...more
I definitely cried at the end of this book. You know, after speeding through the entire thing in like 2 days. It's just as good as the first, maybe even better pacing wise. I really enjoyed the romance, too, even if sometimes the ~True Love Soul Mate~ thing can be annoying. I was into this book enough that I just loved it.
Kira Brighton
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very strange sequel, but I like it.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2018
The writing was decent, but damn it got weird.
Willow Moon
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Tied the series up nicely, though I think Starglass would have been my favourite out of the two.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely goes places you wouldn't expect. Well written
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super amazing! I love stories where humans are the aliens and we are forced to change our worldview. This story ties together religion, love, hope, and humanity all in one lovely sequel.
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Phoebe North, a graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program in poetry, is the critically acclaimed author of Starglass and Starbreak. A new novel will be forthcoming from HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray in 2021.

North was a finalist in 2018 with the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Other short fiction, critical work, and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming with Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Flas

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