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The Star Host

(Broken Moon #1)

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Ren grew up listening to his mother tell stories about the Star Hosts – a mythical group of people possessed by the power of the stars. The stories were the most exciting part of Ren’s life, and he often dreamed about leaving his backwater planet and finding his place among the neighboring drifts. When Ren is captured by soldiers and taken from his home, his dream slips fu ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Duet, a Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press
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Thomas
A solid young-adult science fiction debut with clear writing and a bisexual main character. The Star Host follows Ren, a teen who lives in a simple village and has always dreamed of flying among the stars. Ren's wish comes a little too true when the Baron invades his hometown and he must sacrifice his freedom so his younger brother Liam can escape. Aboard the Baron's ship, Ren learns of his power-hungry plan to dominate the galaxy. Ren also discovers his own psychic ability to control and manipu ...more
Kaje Harper
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, m-m, scifi, paranormal
It's fun to get a YA LGBTQ book that is genre fiction, in this case SciFi with a touch of paranormal mind powers. The gay component takes a real backseat to the plot and world-building components, and that's great. We need more YA that is not focused on coming out or bullying but just features LGBTQ main characters.

Ren grew up in an agricultural village with friends and a younger brother. He's been good at repairing the few technological items around the village that break, but has little exposu
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Karyl
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was in high school, my favorite author was Robert A. Heinlein. I loved him so much because he wrote sci-fi books that felt so accessible; he took everyday situations and issues and simply put them into a setting that was futuristic or on another planet. As a result, his characters were so relatable and his tales so engrossing.

F.T. Lukens has achieved the very same thing in this novel. She doesn't make her characters or settings so foreign that the reader has a hard time picturing them; in
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Mel
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy, gay-fiction
I would give this book a hearty 4 1/2 stars.

What a great story this is! I love the author's clean, fresh, yet uncomplicated writing style. The action scenes were fast paced and exciting. Very reminiscent of Star Trek and Star Wars, the world building was rich with details and the dialogue flowed seamlessly. In the midst of the action sequences, the words literally poured off the page, running like a movie through my head. It appears that this will be a series and I do hope it is because one book
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Joyfully Jay
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


I adored Ren and Ash. They grounded each other every step of the way and, while there were little bits of angst here and there, I loved how the author gave her two young men the ability to openly communicate their feelings—even when sometimes they had to push each other to do so. These guys were intelligent, resourceful, mature, and yet vulnerable and unsure. In short, they were a truly lovely team and not once did I waver in my admiration of them. Author F.T. Luken
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Jason
4.5 Stars

Initial Thoughts
Ever since I can remember, I've been a fan of science fiction. Gay romance, however, is a comparatively new passion for me. Having two of my favorite genres come together made for an awesome reading experience. The Star Host was fun, sweet and different with a solid story that I found riveting.

The Story
"Back when this world was new, an old star exploded. The dust rocketed through space and most of it burned up in the atmosphere, but a few specks, a very few, floated down to th
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Eugenia
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, mm-romance, paranormal
Great off-world, sci-fi, paranormal YA book! I truly enjoyed the world building both on planet and off. The relationship between the two young men developed slowly, but solidly over the course of their adventure. All characters could have been more fleshed out, but I only realized this after finishing the book.

Good pacing for this capture/escape plot kept me engaged throughout.
MorningKnight
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

4* STARS!

Plot : Ren lives peacefully with his brother on a planet far away, when one day, he is enslaved and forced to work for an evil Baron. There, he finds out the truth : he is a Star Host, someone who has the ability to control technologies, and the Baron wants to use it as a weapon to take control of other planets. But Ren has no intention of being a puppet. With the help of Ash, another prisonner , he plans to run away...

When I first started The Star Host, I had no idea I would enjoy it
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Alysia Constantine
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this world (Earth and the world in the book), there are people whose bodies are home to a kind of power that can either be harnessed and used consciously, or can overpower the host and crumble him to its own use.

The Star Host by F. T. Lukens is the story of one such person, Ren, whose body holds a small piece of a star, which gives him immense power to commune with—control or be controlled by—machines. He’s taken prisoner by a power-hungry ruler and isolated in a cell. In the cell next to him
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Hanna Nowinski
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful world building, amazing characters, and a plot that grips you and doesn't let go. I could barely stop reading and probably would have just stayed up all night finishing it if it weren't for adult responsibilities, ugh. I LOVE this book.

The world is easy enough to understand and get into, yet there's enough left to explore and learn about that I'm more than curious for more in the series. The author's love for sci-fi is obvious in the expertly done introduction into the 'verse and the a
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Jude Sierra
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is exceptional. I read it in one go, through the night (which says a lot because I am very strict with myself about bedtime). Lukens strikes an excellent (and hard to acheive) balance between rich detail and imagery that is never too much and never bogs the action of the plot down. This book could so easily be a movie -- I saw every moment of it so clearly in my head, which is also rare for me.

The characters were complex and interesting and unique. The plot line of Ren discovering who
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Yuè
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Riina Y.T.
I absolutely ADORED this book !!!
Beautifully written, super exciting, interesting story.
Endearing characters.
Made my Sunday absolutely PERFECT.
LOVED it. Hoping for more!! :)
Maggie Kavanagh
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Star Host is an energetic, fast-paced science fiction story set in a fictional galaxy, where there is a sharp divide between ‘dusters’ (those living planet-side) and ‘drifters’ (people born in space). Ren, a duster and the hero of the tale, is swept into a series of events that eventually lead him to join forces with a crew of young drifters against a power-hungry despot. He slowly discovers a power latent in himself that makes him both a threat and a potentially useful commodity.

One of the
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Ulysses Dietz
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Star Host
F.T. Lukens
Interlude Press, 2016
Cover by CB Messer
ISBN 13: 978-1-941530-73-3
258 pages
Four stars

I don’t read a lot of science fiction, largely because they tend to shy away from any sort of gay content. (As, of course, do most YA books…it’s a market thing, and maybe an author thing.) But Ms. Lukens has created a compelling book, merging sci-fi and magic in a very classic Star Wars way—with a gentle, lyrical twist. I don’t know if it’s her first book with an LGBT core theme, but she’s
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Cindee
I really loved this book one of my new favorite scifi series now and my new favorite LGBT book I really enjoyed the romance between the main characters. I really loved the characters they were so well written I especially liked Ren and Asher and I loved the romance between them it was developed at a really good pace. I also liked the other characters they were well written I liked Rowan and the characters from Ren's village Jakob and Sorcha they were both very interesting characters. I really l ...more
A
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
What a pleasant surprise- a YA novel set in space with a LGBTQ lead character- all my favourite things. A quick read because it's written in a way where you want to know what's next. I love that gender identity is not a struggle, you just love who you love and it's not looked at as different or anything but normal. Also love the simpleness of the Sci-Fi world you're immersed in. Can't wait to read the next book. ...more
Kathi
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book so much. I absolutely adore the cover, the synopsis sounded like it could totally be my thing and I just generally had a really good feeling about it. Especially after reading the mostly extremely positive reviews about it. And ooooh...how disappointed I was...

Honestly: this book just wasn't really my cup of tea. The plot reminded me of The Lunar Chronicles with a touch of The Hunger Games - which actually sounds like the perfect mixture, especially since I'm such a hu
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Timmy
Jun 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Probably a 1.5
The concept is so good but the execution is just... not. Why does the author keep skipping over the important parts?? I had the same issue their latest book (In Deeper Waters); while I felt like the book was a drag, I would have happily read a hundred more pages if I had gotten to read actual character development on page! Replace repetitive and useless dialogue with development PLEASE.
I’ll probably read the next book in hopes that development will occur but I’m very skeptical.
D.E. Atwood
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-ya, sf-ya
I was absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be an advance reader for this book. The short version of my review is that this book is amazing, and I am hard-pressed to be more coherent than ASKLJFDAH and OMGFLAIL, but I am a professional here and I can do this. However, let me preface this with the note that this is a wonderful story that you don't want to miss, and you should go check it out right away.

While you do that, let me see if I can flail properly, but without spoilers
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Diverse
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march2016reads
I’m going to start this review off saying that this was a fabulous story. This YA Paranormal was nonstop excitement. I was engaged the entire time. It didn’t drag at all! The characters were brilliant. Starting the story we meet Ren and by the end of chapter 1 you’re already entranced with his situation. Set in Ren’s POV was perfect. We meet a lot of characters but you’re never confused with who is who. Asher is his “cell mate” at first. The evolution of this book and these characters was so won ...more
Christin
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is exactly what you want out of a young adult book, with the addition of an incredible scifi world to explore. There's a bit of romance, but it doesn't overpower the story, and there isn't extra emphasis or drama on it being LGBTQ. It just is. I love that and I really needed that in a young adult book. I love the writing, I love the plot, and I love the setting. It really is just what I wanted in a book. ...more
Holly Hale
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's not often I find a sci-fi book where I really like the characters AND the plot, but I looked up three-quarters of the book later to realize I was biting my nails from worry about Ren and Ash, having not put the book down once. It's a universe I want to spend more time in - this is going on my list of books to re-read again and again. ...more
Suzey Ingold
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fasted paced, gripping story—I felt myself drawn into world that was both enticing and held a real authenticity that kept me hooked all the way through. Even little details like the dialectal choices, the author choosing their own little phrases appropriate to this world, gave it a real flair. Sci-fi may not usually be my chosen genre but I could read this book again and again and again.
Veronica of V's Reads
Ren is captured while trying to hide his brother from the gangs of soldiers who range the countryside near his home. Forced to march several days to the citadel of the Baron who rules Ren's segment of the planet Erden, Ren learns that he's got powers that rival the legends his mother taught him. he has the ability to shutdown the electric cattle prods and stunners that are continually aimed at him.

He wants to escape, but he knows he needs to be strategic about it. The baron seems to be amassing
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Niaz Reyes
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so here's where I admit I've been hanging onto "The Star Host" since before it was released. I was given a copy for pre-release review. Sadly, here I am, days after release, and only finally able to read and review it.

The first thing I can say about this book is that F. T. Lukens is a master at making the reader care about her characters. I liked Ren by the third paragraph, and I never stopped liking him. In addition to being superhuman, Ren somehow manages to be super human — he feels lik
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Mike
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 60 pages. I didn't abandon this book for being actively bad, so much as for an absolute vacuum of good. The storm of cliches is the biggest thing that prevents it from getting off the ground - all of the attempts to emotionally engage the reader fall completely short, because the emotional arc is so predictable and the characters so one-note. And to be fair, even though it's predictable, you can make a good story surrounding an exceptional person's determination to rise up against the opp ...more
Rachel Leigh
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What TOTALLY WORKED for me:

The world: Other reviewers have talked about the GORGEOUS world-building in this book and they aren’t wrong. It takes maybe three pages for Ren’s world to feel completely and naturally real, regardless of its differences from our own.

The relationships: For me, a good story is built on compelling relationships and this book has them in spades. The characters might be in space, but the friendships, arguments, and flirtations feel as grounded as they come.

The powers: As r
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Anne Marie Crookes
I've been looking for a good scifi book for a while now. This one delivered beyond any expectation I could possibly have. It has a great plot, wonderful characters and a world that makes sense within the context that it is built on. The story starts on a backwater world where a young man, Ren, is captured by a power hungry tyrant. He learns that he has part of a star within himself giving him great power but no control. He meets Asher, a Phoenix Corps soldier, who is held hostage to keep his pow ...more
K.E. Belledonne
An amazingly beautiful, exciting, entrancing and compulsively readable book. I love science fiction, I love YA, and I love YA science fiction. The characters are so well-written, the story is just...amazing.

In a more perfect world, I would be giving this book a cohesive, fluent and point-by-point erudite review. But it's not, so all I can say that is that I would buy this book in hardcover and I will be re-reading it happily. I'm currently requesting it be stocked at my local library, because th
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F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. A sci fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Star Trek and is a longtime member of their college’s science-fiction club. F.T. holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with their spouse, three kids, three dogs, and three cat ...more

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