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Last Star Burning

(Last Star Burning #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove tha
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Chelsea This book isn't fantasy; it's dystopian fiction. There are some elements with a fantasy feel, but scientific roots (ie monsters that would fit in a fa…moreThis book isn't fantasy; it's dystopian fiction. There are some elements with a fantasy feel, but scientific roots (ie monsters that would fit in a fantasy but are results of gene editing and the sleeping sickness that has parallels to sleeping beauty)(less)
Kimberlee Yes, but it's very slow to develop. …moreYes, but it's very slow to develop. (less)

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Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sev was branded as a traitor and criminal when she was only eight years old, her only crime being her mother's daughter. Sev's mother had betrayed their entire nation and now her body is displayed in a paralyzed half-sleep above Traitor’s Arch for all to see what happens when going against the city. Sev's mother had brought the same plague into their safe zone that now keeps her on display reminding all those of her crimes.

When Sev is out with her only friend who still treats her as if she is s
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The beginning of LAST STAR BURNING was a lot like trying to start a fire with wet wood; what should come easy is instead a lot of work and leaves you feeling frustrated right at the onset. In keeping with the comparison, the middle did seem to burn, the flames catching and leaving you feeling satisfied and warm, excited and delighted. But the end was more in tune with a bitchy gust of wind.. suddenly there's smoke in your face and you're left feeling a little betrayed, uncertain, and squinty-eye ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
“They say war is no dinner party. Not refined, graceful, courteous, or magnanimous. It’s complete devastation.”

Years after the fact, Sev is still ostracized and paying for the crimes of her traitor mother. When an attack on the city is blamed on Sev, she is flung into an escape that puts her outside the safety of the city’s walls. In her escape, Sev learns who she can really trust and how deep deception goes.

The Story- I am not going to lie, and just say that I was initially drawn to the cov
Oct 09, 2017 marked it as to-read
I'm being forced to read this by Scrill (who I'll tag when I'm not on my phone). So this better be good.

Or else.

Last Star Burning definitely surprised me. The cover was beautiful in my opinion. I also had no idea what this book was initially about and kind of dove right into with my amazing buddy Andrea. Yes, I know it does sort of make you fall asleep or at least feel sleepy while reading it - but trust me it gets better!

Sev was such a likable character. I loved her friendship with Tai-ge but I absolutely hated how she was treated throughout the book. Yeah, her mom "betrayed" everyone. Who cares? It was
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Decently engaging, but...

It seems as if maybe this book wasn't quite marketed properly. It's not fantasy, at all. It's a story set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society (is there any other kind?), and although it isn't precisely clear where the City is geographically located, it is clearly intended to have had Chinese influences.

I have some mixed feelings about the book as a whole though. I didn't particularly love the writing style, but the story itself was pretty engaging. Specifically, the
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LAST STAR BURNING is a stunning debut by author Caitlin Sangster. The stakes could not be higher in this story about a girl who find herself at the heart of a conspiracy that threatens to destroy what remains of her war-torn world.

First, I do want to call attention to the fact this book is largely being shelved incorrectly. It is not a fantasy novel, but a brilliant dystopic/post-apolocalyptic novel. And it certainly has all the elements that I look for in that genre with government conspiracies
McKelle George
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts
I loved this book! I think the cover is slightly deceiving, which seems more fantasy, because this book is definitely dystopic/post-apocalyptic--but it ended up being a pleasant surprise because the worldbuilding is so twisty and smart and layered. Every time I thought I guessed where the book was headed, I was proven wrong. I adored Sev: I thought she was tough, but also a tiny bit awkward and funny and relatable in a way I found endearing. Also the ending is just . . . there better be a sequel ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Checkout my full review + giveaway (ends 10/16) on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot....

This book is more post apocalyptic than fantasy, regardless, this story was stunning! This book is fast paced and it's non stop action till the end. We follow Sev's journey in discovering the truth about her mother, the government, and why she was branded a traitor. It's hard to trust anyone in this story. The government wants to pin Sev as the prime suspect of a major event just for being the dau
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Last Star Burning takes parts of Sleeping Beauty and places them against a science fiction/dystopian backdrop. It's got a nice blend of sci fi and fairy tale elements, and the story moves along at an excellent pace. Plus, the worldbuilding in this novel is incredibly detailed and complex--just when you think you have everything figured out, the book drops another bombshell on you! It's a journey that mirrors the main character's, and it is definitely worth taking.

I think one
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, I’m just a mixed bag of feelings now.

Honestly, this book is such a tough one to review. Because overall, I feel like I liked it. But then I try to think about what I liked about it and I can't really say. Does that make sense?

Because for almost half the book nothing even happens. I mean stuff happens, but only about a third of that feels like it is moving the plot along.

The beginning is filled with Sev pining after Tai Ge and give us glimpses into her families past and her fall from grac
These Violent Delights (Robin)
Oh my gosh! I have so many emotions right now.

I love love love Sevvy as our main character, she has so much personality and originality. I really loved her character growth throughout this novel. Every new situation thrown at Sev, she gets right back up and adjusts accordingly. I really liked her ability to think things through.

Every other character definitely felt like they had their own voice, they were all written well. I really shipped Sevvy with one character throughout the entirety of th
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Sev has a star branded into her hand - the mark of a criminal... all due to her mother who was caught betraying her daughter and their city. From her fallen state Sev must prove her worth by doing whatever labor they give her... until a bomb is dropped and the government blames her! Uncertain who to trust but with few options she follows Howl, the chairman’s son, outside the walls to a supposed sanctuary, forced to leave behind her few loved one
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I say this with the utmost sincerity,: I have no idea what this book is about. I spent close to five hours reading it so you'd expect i'd atleast know what's happening. Well, I don't. I hope to God they don't make a movie because that would totally suck. ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never met Sev...but I know her. This tale is told in her voice, and like other books I love where there is more written between the lines than on the page itself, this one reveals its characters' secrets, aspirations and motivations as it moves through a page-turning adventure that builds to a climactic cliff hanger of an ending. Add to the high-stakes intrigue one of the sweetest and most romantic moments ever to have taken place in the top of a tree, under a sky hung with starry jewels, a ...more
Megan Santini
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I couldn't put it down. Seriously- I never do reviews but had to for this one. ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last Star Burning was such a delight to read! This book was a nonstop adventure that I couldn't stop reading! Sangster created a gripping and addictive novel full of action and mystery. There wasn't a single moment in this book that bored me. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!! I seriously stayed up so late finishing this book AND I HAVE ZERO REGRETS!!!

The dystopian world the author created in this novel was so immersive and unique. There were so many interesting elements to the world that kept p
rachel ☾
I went into Last Star Burning hopeful and expecting but have left on a more sour note. Sangster pulled out the big guns for her debut and developed a world that was complex and clever. This story touched on a lot of important themes of freedom and society that I think will really tickle a lot of readers, but it lacked heart. I was never with the characters in the story. I found them tired and a tad shallow. I never came to truly connect with them, which left me in the awkward position of not bec ...more
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It has been a while since I’ve read a dystopian, but I’m glad I picked up Last Star Burning. This is such an original story that is filled with political intrigue and plot twists. The main character is so likeable and fierce, and the setting is incredibly complex. This book is one not to be missed!

This book is so action-packed that it is impossible to put down! It tells the story of a girl wrongly accused of a bombing who flees from the city to escape execution. Ho
I think this book could've been really good. It's got this fantasy slash dystopian vibe that could be really cool, and the premise with that whole traitor thing was also cool. But this book had 2 things that I really REALLY hate.

Thing I Hate Number One:

Massive, massive info-dumps. I hate them. This book had them. LOTS of them. Pages and pages of info-dumps. The kind that make your eyes glaze over.

But the kind where you feel like you need to re-read the entire page again cuz you're afraid you're
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Last Star Burning, by debut author Caitlin Sangster, is the first installment in the authors Last Star Burning series. For the past 8 years, Sevvy Jiang has been labeled as a Fourth Class citizen all because the City Proletariat claims that her own mother betrayed the city by infecting her own daughter with the so called encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness. A sickness that can only be settled with a drug called Manti
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it

Man that ending just has me like:

I really struggled getting into this book. I was literally falling asleep reading this. Not because it was bad or anything. But the beginning was quite slow and there was something about the writing that just made me want to sleep.

Around halfway, things got like 100x more interesting and tense af. I like tense situations, they make things fun. I guess I also struggled with the characters, I felt disconnected from them for most of the book. I was always conf
A Book Shrew
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This. Was. So. Good.
It's been a while since I've read a dystopian novel (I think Divergent was the last and that series ending made me feel like I had wasted my time), and this hit all the marks for me. The story was engaging and clever, the world unique and fully developed, and the novel as a whole has just enough to make me wonder if this couldn't happen in future. The characters Sangster brings to life are wonderful. Sev is someone I would love to be friends with and I feel her thoughts with
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy of this book and asked to give it a review. Since the author is my beautiful and talented niece, I was all ready to come up with all sorts of sweet things to say about her book and do my best not to hurt her feelings if I didn't like it and since I believe in being honest, I was worried how I would write a review that would be positive and supportive if I didn't like the book or thought it wasn't written very well............

I have just finished, "Last Star Burning"
Emily Cait
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent an ARC for free through work as #indigoemployee in exchange for an honest review.

This was a 4.5 star read for me. It reminded me of all of the best parts of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The 100. We have a post-war setting, highly regimented and divided societies, and very "us" vs the Other mentalities in all groups we encounter.

It was set in a non-Western setting. The author's notes mention her passion for Chinese history, the research she's done, and places for readers to find
Angelica Oler
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put it down, I loved this book! The first few pages were a little rough for me because first person is not my favorite narrative but it didn't take long to adjust my mind's eye to the right perspective and I was completely enveloped.
The author does a great job of helping you build this world in your imagination with just the right amount of detail. The story has so many twists and turns it was hard to find a place to stop because I just had to know what happened next! I literally sai
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the whole concept of the story and the setting, but there are few aspects in this book that made me not fully love it. The snow-white fairytale element in a dystopian world seemed very refreshing and I really liked how the author also incorporated the elements of Chinese culture into it. The setting of this book is very unique but I can’t say the same about th
Tracey Dyck
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, owned
Mixed feelings on this one.


-Interesting story world. I don't think I've ever read a dystopian set in China! (Although this feels a smidgen like fantasy as well?) I liked the setup of the City and the wilderness of Outside.

-Sleeping Beauty elements. They didn't overrun the story or make it a retelling, but there was enough to give the book that fairytale flavor.

-Speaking of which, the Sleeping Sickness (which is based off a real thing, encephalitis lethargica) was cool.

-Sev was actually
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 29

Infodumping, a bit disjointed and confusing, and lacking in voiciness. Also, it's a dystopian novel, not a fantasy, so that was massively disappointing. The dystopian curse continues.
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Jun 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
'Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.'

yes because punishing children for the acts of their parents is always a good idea
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Caitlin Sangster is the author of the Last Star Burning Trilogy, She Who Rides the Storm, and A Baker's Guide to Robber Pie.

She grew up in the back woods of California and would rather go hiking, running, swimming, or general outdoorsing than just about anything else. If there aren’t any mountains, it doesn’t count as a real place. At eighteen, she moved to XinJiang, and at twenty-one it was Taiwa

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