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It Takes Death to Reach a Star

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"...merging the best of apocalyptic fiction and sci-fi ... compelling." - Library Journal

"Cinematic, thought-provoking, immersive ... in the manner of the novels of Philip K. Dick." - Booklist

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Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Vesuvian Books
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Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread

i need to stop screwing around with freaking netgalley.

this is getting freaking ridiculous.
Jonas Saul
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an insane ride! I loved every page of this novel. Man, these guys can write well. The ideas, the world, and the characters, all came together to drive this novel into a wicked conclusion. For the record, as much as I loved several characters--like Mila and Demetri--I really loved Vedmak. I wanted more Vedmak! His dialogue was spot on and had me gasping and laughing at different times. Excellent work. Cannot wait for more from these guys.
Tess Burnside
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It Takes Death To Reach a Star was a remarkable read. I just finished reading an ARC of It and it blew me away.

It takes a whole lot of creative genius to create a world, characters and scenes that are so believable that they just grab you and pull you in. The fact that it was a creative partnership between Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones just amazes me. I'm familiar with the work from both of these authors, and it is wonderful. They have come together and poured their souls into a worthwhile re
Bella James
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A perfect blend of Dystopia and Sci-Fi *****

Intrigued by the cover and great title I was not disappointed with this perfectly crafted Thriller. I love when writers can cross genres to make the unbelievable believable.
"Unputdownable" in every sense.
Katie Harder-schauer
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to this book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I am a big fan of dystopian novels, but I occasionally find myself wondering why certain places end up being where humanity survived whatever caused the collapse of society as we know it. That was not the case for me with It Takes Death to Reach a Star. It makes perfect
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We have one life to live, use yours to make a difference."Synopsis:Set in a dystopian Earth ravaged by the New Black Death the generations of survivors have founded Etyom, a society where genetics matter and there is one called the Leader to rule them. The genetically engineered Graciles live above the clouds and plague in advanced homes; The Robusts make up the enclaves below where savagery, drugs & sex are a means for survival.─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───Mila Solokoff is a bounty hunter of ...more
Space Cowgirl
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Use Your Life To Make A Difference🔪🔫

Dystopian Sci-fi

World War III💥 and The New Black Death💀 pretty much annihilate the human race on Earth🌍. Survivors gravitate to a Russian city in Siberia where the Black Death💀 can't seem to touch them. Much. The new city is named Etyom.

Etyom, A couple of hundred years later.......
The descendants of the original refugees are still living in Etyom. It's still a deathly cold, miserable place. The New Black Death💀 is still present but not so much anymore.

In this
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through GoodReads giveaway.

"We take death to reach a star" Vincent van Gogh.

I just finished this novel...
And I am trying to digest the whole story.
And I want to scream because this is not the end I was expecting. How dare you Mr. Jones and Mr. Worthington to play with my emotions this way?
This novel is such a rollercoaster. It is written with amazing style, the characters are so well developed. There is bad Ass female protagonist. And bad guys, and good guys.
This is great sci-
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
“The streets are dark and cold, shadows upon shadows concealing the horrors of Etyom. It’s hard to believe this place was once considered a haven.”

We find ourselves in a distant but believable future. One where a plague, powerful, resistant, crept over the world while we fought over things that in the end, didn’t matter. The cold and isolation of a distant city in the Northern reaches of Siberia, the only one to survive.

From this city, mankind has lived, though they’ve struggled. And two very di
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read.

Stu and Gareth have very different takes on what the sci-fi genre should feel like and I think they compliment each other well. Both were able to craft a world ripped apart by death and disease, yet ripe with a feel of an advanced, alternate future. I was attracted to the main characters immediately because they are, in and of themselves, two types of science fiction, working together to blend post-apocalyptic grit with futuristic, yet realistic science.

The action is surgic
Marc Van housen
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! AMAZING!!. As a huge fan of post apocalyptic dystopian novels I was looking forward to reading this. And it did not disappoint. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a ARC copy to dive into. It Takes Death has a well detailed description of our lead characters, Mila and Demetri. Two people from completely different worlds, faith vs. science. It really grabs you and makes you want more. All I really need to say is I want more Vedmak. If your looking for an edge of your seat experience. This ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour
Wow. Just wow. I haven’t read anything sci-fi or dystopian in a while, so I had zero expectations going in to It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington. The blurb sounded interesting and what I found inside of the pages was phenomenally well-thought out, researched, and executed. Set two hundred years in the future after an antibiotic resistant plague has wiped out most of humanity after the end of World War III, only a small population of humans living in Siberia has su ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
{I recieved an ARC from the authors and @tlcbooktours for an honest review}

Let me start by saying I do not read much Sci-fi so this book took me completely out of my comfort zone. I found It Takes Death To Reach A Star to be a solid beginning to what I believe will be a great Science fiction dystopian series.

It Takes Death To Reach A Star has complex characters and a complex story line. Let's start with Mila Solokoff, she's a bit rough around the edges. In this dystopian world she is part of the
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about different classes of people. Various ones, separated by race or religion, live in their own areas of Etyom. The only city to survive after the third world war and then a plague which decimated most of the inhabitants of the planet, in a not too distant future. The people who think themselves above all those on the ground, the Graciles, live in pods far above the ground and completely separated. They have enhanced themselves with tech and genetics and ‘broken’ manufactured embryo’s ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is a rollercoaster ride of a book!

Set in the world that emerges from the wreckage of world war three and told from the perspective of two very different protagonists living very different existences. Not wanting to give too much away, the novel describes a dystopian world that is believable and also reflects some of the problems we face in our own times. The two lead characters are extremely well realised - Mila and Demetri - and partly because there are two authors, have very distinct
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love a sci-fi read, you will love this!!
The authors have created a fantastic story. The characters are rich and fully developed, and the world in which they live, is one that is easy to envision. This book will suck you in and spit you out the other side- make sure you have no plans because you will not out this down once you start!
Caleigh Rutledge
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tlc-book-review
I received a free copy of It Takes Death to Reach a Star from VESUVIAN Books in exchange for an honest review. Please see my full review on Literary Quicksand ( on June 8th!
Kay Kuever
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, real-book
Be ready for the ride of your life, because It Takes Death to Reach a Star takes off at a sprint from the very beginning and doesn't slow down.

As a huge reader of anything science fiction, I was so amazingly and pleasantly surprised by how much thought was put into this dual narrative between Mila, a Robust, faithful to her deity and all-around badass, and Demitri, a Gracile, genetically modified to be both intellectually and physically appealing. From the first page, I was amazed by how quickly
Becky Spratford
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Review coming to Booklist and Blog soon
J.M. Myrick
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic journey and the beginning of an epic saga! Mila is strong, resourceful, and cunning. Her character believes in something more; something she can’t see, but can only feel. Demitri is brilliant, unique, and tormented with a darkness that steals the show, literally. The story was packed full of action, suspense, and was so very fitting in the end. It’s possible to be happy, shocked, and in turmoil all at once, as ITDTRS thrills the whole way through!

The splender of a sky world hanging
Stevie Williams
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while I’ve read a truly SCI-FI story and It Takes Death to Reach a Star was so much fun. It’s non stop action, a kickass female MC and quite the motley cast of characters. It takes place in the not too distant dystopian future. World War 3 and the New Black Death have left the world in ruins and what’s left of humanity is divided into the elite Graciles living far above the earth dwelling Robusts.

This story certainly did not pull its punches and hits the ground running from page one.
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! The post-apocalyptic genre is one of my favorites. Normally I don't go for stories quite so sci-fi or fantasy. But lately… I am really liking the ones that I have read. And this one was just excellent. I felt it was very well written. There was such attention to detail.

I really loved the characters, Mila and Demitri. Both so different and from totally different backgrounds in a new world where there is a caste system putting Demitri on the top and Mila on the bottom . But they soon me
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the year 2251, the world as we know it is gone, taken by ignorance and greed. It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel about Mila Solokoff, Demitri Stasevich, and respectively the malevolent Vedmak. Mila and Demitri lead separate lives in the same city, a city in the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia called Etyom. A city where people are separated by classism and conflict. Mila belongs to the Robusts, a lower class society th ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible journey this book took me on! Stu and Gareth created such an authentic futuristic world on the pages of their book, that you literally shudder at some of the scenes as you read this apocalyptic thriller. I really enjoyed getting to know, as well as learning more about the main characters, and truly watching them evolve as their journey continued, and they got to become their true selves. I have to say, I did not see that ending coming, and I am so intrigued about the sequel, t ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, for-review
I'll admit, I'm not usually into science fiction. At times, I have a hard time wrapping my head around the "physics" part of the science and I end up bored. However, I am always willing to give new things a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed It Takes Death to Reach a Star. I found I had no problem following the "science" and was able to sit back and go along for the ride.

The story has everything you would want in a good science fiction book. A strong female protagonist meets
Pat Patterson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there."

I obtained this book upon request from one of the authors, in exchange for a fair review.
I requested this book because it is a finalist for the 2018 Dragon Award, in the 'Best Science Fiction Novel" category.

This review is extended and expanded in my blog, Papa Pat Rambles. Posts from 8/9/18 with plans extending for at least the next two weeks, concern finalists for the 2018 Dragon Awards.

The book is set five hundred years in the future, after W
Caryn Oles
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected Greatness

This was an unexpired delight. I went in, reading slowly chapter by chapter, letting the world of this story create itself in my mind, and the characters unfurl from the pages.

There's a depth to Mila, the main protagonist, that makes her incredibly like able. She's beyond tough but exudes incredible warmth and charm. Demitri, the other protagonist, is equally enthralling. You want to feel sorry for him and his predicament but you're also waiting to see exactly what his role
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars.

While It Takes Death to Reach a Star had all of markers of a sci-fi masterpiece, issues with pacing and my clear favouritism towards a certain character left me wanting just a little more.

It Takes Death to Reach a Star follows the fantastical tale of Mila and Demitri, two characters with vastly different social standings, as they try to survive against World War III, the New Black Death, a sinister plot, and the demons that haunt us all.

Both Jones and Worthington can write, th
Paal Nedregotten
rated it really liked it
Jun 14, 2018
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