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Starbreak

(Starglass #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 421 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published July 8th 2014)
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karen
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
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Phoebe
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
StarMan
(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
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AH
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
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Jo
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
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Lucia
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,
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Bryce
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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The TBR Pile *Book review site*
Starbreak is a wildly successful sequel to Starglass, a must read!

Full Review - http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...
Nadine
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
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Kate
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2014, 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
Fani
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
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Jodi Meadows
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so incredibly much.
William
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.
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April
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. http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...
Ashleigh
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?)
Paopiggy
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
Jaded Internet Critic #567
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
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Maikay
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
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Marty
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
2.5

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
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Amy
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.
Sara
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely goes places you wouldn't expect. Well written
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.
Kira Brighton
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very strange sequel, but I like it.
Leah
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2018
The writing was decent, but damn it got weird.
Lydia
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopia, sci-fi
I'm disappointed that this sequel to Starglass has failed to capture (or, as the second novel, hold) my heart quite as well. Terra (now firmly sixteen) is much more than a child of a rebel or the intended of a future captain; she is now a leader of the revolution by the Children of Abel in what Phoebe North would claim is her own right. Following the hectic mess of riots at the end of Starglass, Terra's heart and dreams propel her to the surface of the inhabited planet. Terra is determined to re ...more
Rachel
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Spoilery review! Probably being a bit too nostalgic with this rating. Like many sequels, this one does not live up to the original.

Terra chases her dreams down to Zehava--or Aur Evez as the natives call it. North's narrative shines most in the beginning as she builds up this intriguing planet with sentient plant life. Would be a good chance for Terra to make a mark for herself as a botanist and painter, but instead she gets waylaid by an incredibly cheesy love story. She tries to equate this ali
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Jennifer
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I adored the first book in this series, STARGLASS. I wasn’t quite as fond of this one, but it’s still a good novel. In STARBREAK, our protagonist Terra arrives on the planet that’s supposed to a new homeland for her people, only to find that the planet is occupied. Zehava is full of sentient plant life (plant people) and huge monsters that keep the plant-people from entering the forests (but are also hunted by the plant-people). The world reminds more of the movie AVATAR more than anything else. ...more
Jessika Santulli
Not often does the sequel far surpass the quality of the first installment. However, such is the case with "Starbreak" by Phoebe North. The next installment is less predictable and explores more complex themes. The previous book, "Starglass," ended with the Starship Asherah reaching their new home, the 500-year-anticipated planet Zehava, only to find out that the planet was already inhabited. Not by humans, but by a mysterious alien species. Our heroine, Terra, has been dreaming of an alien boy ...more
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