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Star's End

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Esme Coromina has always known that one day, she would run the Four Sisters, the small planet system that her father grew into a corporate empire. Raised as the pampered heir to the company, Esme lived the best years of her life at Star's End, the estate her father built on the terraformed moon where he began his empire. In the tropical sunlight and lush gardens, Esme help ...more
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Gallery / Saga Press
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May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite book by this author and one of the best books I've read recently.

The Coromina family control the corporation that owns and rules the entire Coromina system (a corpocracy). Esme is the eldest of four daughters and in line for CEO of the company once her father Philip passes, which is unexpectedly nearer than anyone thought. He requests that Esme gather his other three daughters who are all estranged from both Esme and Philip to see him on his deathbed.

The story follows
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

From the moment I first picked up this book, I knew I was walking into something special. After my experience with her novels The Mad Scientist’s Daughter and Our Lady of the Ice, Cassandra Rose Clarke’s name has pretty much become synonymous for me with some very cool ideas in sci-fi, and she has not disappointed me yet. Star’s End, I am happy to say, is another strong entry into the genre. And while it’s true that I di
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May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A little tough to get into at first and definitely full of elaborate details. On the other hand, it is a long read and I don't feel the story would have been as good without those details. I could definitely picture this as a series. Good read, well thought out. ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I very much enjoyed this slow burner of a book - beautiful science fiction story about family (and aliens).
Nov 02, 2017 added it
Shelves: my-rare-dnf
DNF, so no star rating.

This was neither good nor bad. It just didn't hold my interest, and I finally realized I was never going to pick it back up.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esme's father is the head of a company that basically runs four moons. Through her life, Esme has been groomed to eventually take over the business - longevity treatments already have Philip aged 300+ so she could be in for a long wait.

Esme appears desperate for her father's approval whilst resenting any comparisons made between them. Her younger sisters fled the family years previously and the plot flits back to crucial scenes as Esme grew up and the present day. Some of the reveals are surpri
Keegan K.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a pretty good book, but really, really slow, which is why I gave it 4 stars. While the descriptions of imagery were perfect, and I could perfectly imagine it, it slowed down the story at times. The beginning of the story did also drag on for a little while. The sci-fi aspect of the story, however, was 5 stars. Clark created a perfectly unique world for the story, where everything fit together smoothly and snuggly. While some sci-fi books have details that contradict each ...more
Jacqueline Langille
Jul 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the third novel I've read by this author. Her writing style appeals to me greatly. I think the plotting of this novel could have been a little more straightforward, and the copy editing was abysmal in places, but overall it was a highly enjoyable read. It's third, though, behind #1 The Mad Scientist's Daughter and #2 Our Lady of the Ice, two memorable and striking books by Cassandra Rose Clarke. ...more
Olga Godim
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
A powerful book, although I didn’t like it as much as the author’s earlier YA novels. Emotionally, I prefer light and fluffy, and this novel was anything but. Its plot was complex, its characters controversial, and its writing gripping.
The story revolves around Esme, the oldest daughter and heir of an owner of an arms-dealing corporation. Her father is an evil and cruel man, totally ruthless and incapable of love, has always been like that. During his long life, he has created an empire: four p
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I ultimately found Star's End a pretty frustrating read. I thought it had an intriguing premise--future, corporate-led terraformed and colonized planets, and family drama between sisters at the center of it. Unfortunately, all of the characters ended up feeling pretty thin and their interpersonal relationships just weren't that interesting to me. The switch between tenses and times got old fast and hindered some of the character development for me.

For instance, Esme has a relationship with a so
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A thought-provoking family saga set far in the future, with corporate intrigue, secrets and plenty of finely drawn relationships between children and their parents.

Star’s End was not the Cassandra Rose Clarke book I was expecting. But then again, I didn’t really have any expectations when I started, other than I knew that Clarke would deliver something truly unique with lots of emotion and detailed characterization. And I was not disappointed. Star’s End may not be the
Crystal Starr Light
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: science-fiction

Am hoping that the protagonist isn't 17 years old and doe-eyed for the hunk of man flesh that pops out of nowhere.

Please shelves lie...PLEASE!
F. William Davis
Mar 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story. I had a few issues with it but loved it overall. This review is perhaps a bit of an incoherent collection of my thoughts about the book.

I thought the characters were all fantastic and the dialogue was consistently mature. The plot is spectacularly complex but not at all incomprehensible and the universe that the author has created is fascinating. The narrative jumps around to various events in time which is a technique that I always find frustrating and in this case
Amanda (awesome)
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elegant slow-burning space opera.
Anthony Schorr
Dec 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Main character was sort of ridiculous but book was enjoyable anyway.
Adam Duclos
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was interesting, and mildly entertaining, basically light YA with a sci-fi backdrop.

I think it was hampered by starting some world building, then suddenly stopping. Basically, we find out that it's a certain number of centuries in the future, everyone in the book works for a space corporation in a new star system, there are four planets there, and rich people can take spaceships from one planet to another as easily as booking an airplane flight is now. They can terraform planets within
Jan 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
PW Starred: In this skillfully orchestrated tale set nearly 2,000 years in the future, Clarke (The Mad Scientist’s Daughter) foregrounds a family drama of Shakespearean scope against the backdrop of an interplanetary “corpocracy” run by Phillip Coramina, a manufacturer of bioengineered weapons. When Phillip is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he deputizes his oldest daughter, Esme, to call her three estranged stepsisters home to the family estate at Star’s End. As Clarke’s narrative toggles ba ...more
Pretty engaging, a sort of easier, less-complex, version of Slow River by way of These Broken Stars. I liked Esme a lot, but the other characters were fairly flat and undistinguishable. And somehow, it is easier to suspend disbelief (and politics) and accept fix-it fantasies where massive and horrifying structural oppression (including, in this case, genocide, colonialism, and slavery, as well as war-profiteering) is solved by putting a well-meaning, good person in charge when that fantasy invol ...more
Harley Quinn
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
It took me awhile to finish this book. The world building is stunning and it’s well written, with an interesting narration choice. There aren’t chapters, but the book alternates between a third person limited present storyline, following Esme’s current mission to find her sisters and a first person past storyline following Esme throughout her young adult years. The past portion on the book really dragged for me, I was much more interested in what present day Esme was up to than her growing up in ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don’t fully know what else to say. This book was fantastic from start to finish. It is beautifully written, both in syntax and characterization, and evocative, potent, and fully realized.

The world and time Clarke has created is vivid, real-feeling, and both so delightfully removed from our own reality, and yet strikingly familiar in its temperaments and concerns. The main character, Esme, navigates the pit-falls of corporate competitiveness and the constant striving for profit increases
J.C. Ferguson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Star’s End is the ultimate in corporate control. A science fiction story about the Four Sisters, four planets terraformed by Phillip Coromina. He not only owns the planets, he owns the people who inhabit them. Any person who doesn’t follow company rules disappears. Exiled or killed? The family business manufactures weapons. One product of the company is manufactured humans who are programmed in their DNA to be soldiers. They fight wars across the galaxy alongside normal human mercenaries hired b ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you liked Cassandra Rose Clarke's other adult science fiction books, you'll probably like this one as well. Same slow burn way of telling the story, without every little thing spelled out, same focus on the characters over the sci-fi aspects. This one's really a family drama and a story of corporate intrigue, with a little mystery thrown in for good measure, it just happens to take place in space in a system of terraformed worlds. I think it works really well, but I would hesitate to call it ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The four moons that orbit the gas giant Coromina I have been terraformed for the human citizen-employees of the Coromina Corporation which owns the system. It’s founder Phillip Coromina has been its CEO for three centuries, but he has a fatal disease. His final wish is for his eldest daughter and heir Esme is to bring her three sisters home before he dies. Esme is extremely skeptical that she’ll be able to accomplish this assignment. She fears that her estranged stepsisters won’t want to see him ...more
Craig Thomson
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

A great premise, a really strong start, bogged down with some generic sci-fi in the middle but brought home with a strong, spectacular finish.

I was, however thrown and irritated by inconsistency in the flashbacks. The first flashback is 26 years ago, and the second is billed as 18 years ago, a gap of 8 years, but the characters only seem to have aged 5/6 years and Esme states she's been with her father's company for 5 years. In the thirs flashback, if we go by the chapter titles, 12 ye
Kris Sellgren
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This interesting science fiction novel is set in another solar system, where humanity has terraformed and settled four moons of a gas giant. The heroine's narrative alternates between the framing story, in the present day, and her life story, beginning with her wealthy childhood. I had a hard time sympathizing with the heroine. She hates her father and hates her job working for his evil corporation. Yet she never even conceives of quitting or giving up her plush corporate life-style, as her thre ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I love the premise of this book: in a future corporatocracy built on the bones of four moons of one gas giant, a man is dying. He's not a terribly good man; in fact, he might be downright evil in some ways. But he wants to see his three estranged daughters once more before he dies, so he sends the fourth and eldest daughter after them, to scour the moons for their presence and the clues she needs to reconstruct just what went wrong between them. The spoiler-free summary concludes with a satisfyi ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Cassandra Rose Clarke's take on a powerful family with secrets to hide. The characters were fairly well-developed and I love the atmospheric settings. I did feel like it was quite loosely plotted, however, and went on for too long. This made the climax difficult to pinpoint and the reveals underwhelming. And oh my god it needed proof reading. About 5 times she contradicted herself, about descriptive details! She'd say, "Esme got out of the car and went into her living room" and then 3 ...more
Jo Oehrlein
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shows the difficulty of changing things from within and the conflict you can face both internally (for the changes you want to make) and externally (for not leaving).

It shows the power that family has over us. We see her relationship with her father (he wants her to follow in his footsteps, but he has no emotional connection), her sisters (who resent her for having a mother who is alive & who think she mishandled things related to her youngest sister), and her mother (who gave her up).

The skippi
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the premise, writing, and characters. It is worth a read if you like sci-fi such as Red Rising. HOWEVER, there ARE major proofreading and editing errors. I read an ARC that was gifted to me, and I thought that was something that would be fixed before publication, but it appears from other reviews they were not.

It doesn't change the story, but if you're like me and your brain catches dates, ages, descriptions etc then those issues may also stick out for you. Still a good story an
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Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

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