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Chasing the Stars

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,389 ratings  ·  246 reviews
Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that completely wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey Nathan's ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collide. Nathan and Vee are
Paperback, 489 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Penguin (first published April 21st 2016)
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Alice (Married To Books)
This was the local YA Book Club pick of the month for February! I was given a copy through the library in exchange for an honest review.

I have read one of Malorie's books before (Noughts and Crosses) when I was 11 and at the time found it a tricky book to read. I was nervous to try reading another one of her books but seeing this was a Shakespeare reimagined version of Othello set in space, I was intrigued. If there's one thing I love about books, its when they are set in space. Also, having not
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Unfortunately, this book had way too much insta-love, and I felt like I'd read the whole murder mystery in space thing in Across The Universe, so, it's a no from me.
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I wanted to love this but I'm so disappointed. The instalove in this is just too fucking much for me. Plus it was a little too predictable. And it had a completely unsatisfying end too. Full review to come.
1.5 stars.

It's never nice to give a book such a low rating, especially not when it's a book that you were really looking forward to. However, I can't lie and say that I enjoyed this. I really didn't. Sadly, this book didn't work for me at all and that's a shame because I was so certain that I was going to love it.

This book is marketed as a YA gender-swapped retelling of Othello which takes place in outer space. Although I'm not a sci-fi fan, I was fascinated by the premise because Othello is my
Mina Rehman
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Screw you, Blackman, for lulling me into a false sense of security, making me believe I was reading something light and fluffy, before ripping my heart out and tearing it to pieces!

But then again, what kind of an idiot would believe that a Shakespeare tragedy retold by Malorie Blackman would be "light and fluffy"? I brought this onto myself.
wish i'd read this when i bought it bc 13 year old me would have eaten this shit up. as it is, 19 year old me just found it painfully heterosexual

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Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It physically pains me that this book is written by the author of Noughts and Crosses. I'd like to think it doesn't exist and that I never read it. Because believe me when I say that Chasing the Stars was laughably dreadful. Just utterly, laughably dreadful.

Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, have been travelling alone in space for three years and are headed towards Earth after their entire family and crew were wiped out by a virus leaving just the two of them to survive. But when they receive
Pauliina (The Bookaholic Dreamer)
While Chasing the Stars has some interesting plot twists, at its core it is highly problematic and shows a very abusive relationship without ever recognising how toxic it is. This book doesn't condemn rape but rather shows it as a part of a relationship. NOT COOL

Olivia and her brother Aidan end up rescuing a bunch of stranded people from a supposedly abandoned planet that is in a hostile territory. One of these rescued people is Nathan who is our supposed love-interest but who I think is an
Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), death of a friend, genocide, war, violence, medical crisis resulting in amputation.

I had high hopes for this because the concept sounded cool, the cover is stunning, and I've enjoyed Malorie Blackman's writing in the past.

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuunfortunately, this was kind of a mess. There's a massive case of insta-love that meant I wasn't on board with Vee and Nathan's relationship at any point in the story. Add in the crew-wiped-out-by-virus and the
Maya Elliott
May 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably the worst book I've ever read, i feel like it is way to young for the age group it is aimed at but contains graphic sex scenes which make it too old for an age group that may actually enjoy it. I also had a HUGE problem with Nathan, he was rude and a poorly developed character.

The icing on the disgusting cake was definitely how Nathan ordered V to perform a sexual act in order for him to forgive her and get back together with her. This is abuse and even know V said no that
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this book as some defaut. The book cheesy in so many way but I love what malorie did and the risk she has taken. I closed my book and I just laught which does not happen thaht often.
I know this book doesn't work for a lot but I really like it.
And maybe we could have a sequel, because there is a lot of stuff to work on.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Malorie Blackman is incredibly popular, and as Ive only read one of her books I decided it was time to read more. When I went to the library to see what they had on offer, Chasing the Stars appealed to me the most. I love a good science fiction read, and when you add in the mysterious deaths I was doubly hooked.

Unfortunately, whilst there was a lot of potential with this one, I found myself mostly indifferent to things. I never came to connect to the characters, the story, or the romance,
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read for: OWLs 2020 - Divination

4.5 stars.

Malorie Blackman is one of my favourite authors, so it is no surprise that I loved this book. This isn't one of my favourites of hers, but it was still very good. It was an easy book to read in one sitting - it was fast-paced and there were plot twists that I didn't see coming. The ending was also brilliant.
Liv 소정
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I loved, loved the beginning and the ending!!! So one star for each!!!
The beginning was so hooking and instantly gripped my attention. I was so excited about reading it. I think because it started off so basic it made me what to know more and more about the story and the characters.
However when it reached the middle with Nathan I didn't like it at all!!! I felt as though it dragged and dragged. But not only this the story just got incredibly cheesy and annoying. I felt as
Lucy Hazell
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Alisha Tarran
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a HUGE Malorie Blackman fan, and not just because she sent all of us booksellers Hummingbird Bakery cupcakes that one year! I remember reading Noughts and Crosses back when I was at school, and it's one of my favourite books, and I remember waiting for each new book to come out with baited breath! It was a given that I was going to read her latest book, but I mean....Shakespeare in space!? Blackman's book is begging to be read for that alone! I will admit, I've been in a near book slump so ...more
Leanne Wain
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at http://mythoughtsaboutbooks.blogspot....

Oh dear. I full blown love you, Malorie Blackman, but this was not good. I had heard the premise of this book at YALC last year- a super modern, feisty femaled, gender swapped Othello in space. Sounds good, right? Then it made it to the YA Book Prize shortlist and I was all WOOO! Sci-Fi on prize lists! Shut the air lock door! But then I read it and was so disappointed.

So Vee and Aidan are the sole crew of the Earth ship Aidan. Their
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ah I was very disappointed by this book given I really love Malorie's other work. It was a bit of a mess with characters I couldn't bring myself to like and a romance that was insta-love and toxic from the outset. The ending was interesting but it made me hate some of the characters even more. The whole plot was based on one stupid thing a stupid person did and it was definitely enough to make me furious.

The book is told in short chapters from two perspectives - Vee, a girl who has spent the
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House International for a free digital copy of this book.)
Olivia and her twin brother are the only survivors of an epidemic on board of their space-ship, they rescue Nathan and a bunch of other slaves and suddenly have to add about 30 people to their ship, some things get easier, but not everybody is pleased to be commanded by a teenage girl-captain.
Olivia and Nathan fall head over heels for each other, but as things get more complicated aboard, their
I always have a highly emotional reaction to books, and in this case I have to say that I feel betrayed.
I feel betrayed because I nearly DNF'd it and now I wish I had. There are so many problems here.

The plot here was good but the execution was just ridiculous. Instalove? This was instantaneous love. The characters were so confusing. Maybe it's a British/American cultural difference but I found almost all the characters' actions unbelievable. For all their heartfelt emotions, they were cool,
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I wanted to like this book. I thought that I would like it. It sounded right up my alley with a plot which is based on Shakespeare's Othello but set in space. How awesome does that sound?! I usually love books that are a spin on a Shakespeare play but this one didn't do it for me at all. There was too much sci-fi, I thought that the dialogue was quite wooden and clunky and I didn't find the relationships between the characters very believable, especially the insta-love between Vee and Nathan.

Christiane (Pages Unfolding)
Colour me disappointed! I loved the Noughts & Crosses series, but none of Blackman's other YA novels I have read could live up to my expectations. As for this one, I'm not even sure who the intended audience is. Some sex scenes are a little too explicit for middle schoolers, but teenagers and young adults will be bored by run-of-the-mill phrases, the instalove, cheesy vows of eternal love and the lack of a gripping plot. Plus, the characters' behaviour was too annoying to give the book three ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oh i am confused if i liked this book or not. I can say that I got disapointed as hell, cause of the insta love and their personality.
I mean how fucking dumb can you be?? i got annoyed at both main characters, they have seriosly trust issues. they either think the worst of each other or of themselfs...
the only thing that I actually liked was how close Vee or Olivia and aidan where as siblings. they where so sweet and you could se how much they loved each other.
this book is supposed to be an
Rosanna Highton
This was a fairly indulgent read and a good antidote to the heavier stuff Ive been reading recently. This is a spacey YA romance murder mystery and couldnt really have been any trashier, but it was perfect for morning commutes and late nights trying to switch off from real life. This is the kind of thing Id have loved when I was a teenager, a fantastical futuristic romance with remarkably explicit parts. Its not sophisticated writing, and had quite a few unrealistic bits, but I flew through and ...more
Beth Bonini
There are two stories here: one is a sci-fi adventure, and the other is an 'insta-love' romance with shades of Othello (jealousy, insecurity, paranoia, and some Iago-like manipulation). Although I suspect that there are plenty of the holes in the sci-fi world-building, I wasn't bothered to figure out if the story really knitted together or not; the point is there was some suspense and adventure and intrigue and aliens and spaceship technology. Not to mention drones, robots, ion fields, worm ...more
I read that this book was marketed as an Othello retelling in space which got me all excited. Until I hit the romance. I don't mind instalove as I know some people do but the romance in this book is laid on a bit thick. And that's an understatement. There were so many cliches and some parts were just so corny that even my most romantic side gagged.

I don't think I'm a prude but I definitely did NOT expect that much sexual content in a YA book. Added to the quantity, the style of writing this
Tammy Stewart
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Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a few mixed feelings about this book. While I would overall say I enjoyed it and I felt the adaptation of the story was well done, and the themes interesting. The general writing was where I had problems in places. It felt coincidental, and events didnt feel like they progressed naturally a times. It just felt a little clunky.
It had some redeeming features with the references to 20th century culture in a future space setting and I particularly enjoyed the Shakespearean lines thrown in
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An award-winning children's author, Malorie Blackman was honoured with an OBE in 2008. Her work has been adapted for TV and stage.

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