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When Stars Burn Out

(Europa #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ISBN-10: 0692564691 / ISBN-13: 9780692564691.

When a plague turns people into monsters, the only safe place left to live is the Ora, a spaceship beside Earth's moon. Aboard are the specimens of the next generation, genetically modified to develop powerful abilities, which they must use to fulfill their life's purpose: exterminatin
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Anna Vera
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Anna Vera.)

“We are evolved – immune to the plague that’s on the cusp of surfacing. And as such, we are the only beings capable of fighting what comes next.”

This was an interesting YA sci-fi story, with some pretty major twists!

Eos was a really strong character, and I really felt for her when it looked like she wouldn’t be able to follow her dream of going to Earth. She didn’t give up though,
Project Kyle
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some writers play it safe, abiding by every rule, barrier, and trope that will make there book sell. While others take chances, brake rules, risking everything to creat something that has never been done before. The latter has resulted in some of the biggest train wrecks ever written. But it has also given birth to some of the most brilliant masterpieces of all time. So, where dos when Stars burn out fit in? Let’s brake this down shall we 😁

When Stars burn out is a post apocalyptic Sci-fi novel a
Kristen Martin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin?! This book was INCREDIBLE, and the fact that it’s a debut makes it even more so! Anna’s writing style is so distinct and engrossing that putting this book down physically pained me. The story is woven together and reads in such an effortless fashion that at times I felt as though what I was reading was happening right before my very eyes, like a movie. There were SO MANY THINGS that I did not see coming, which, of course, I love as a reader, and I am so anxious for the sec ...more
Allison Ziegler
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything you'd want in a sci-fi adventure--gorgeously crafted action sequences, rich world building, plenty of plot twists, and a coming of age story that'll smack you right in the feels.

It's also a much prettier book than you'd expect with a premise including both zombies and spaceships. But Vera's prose captures exactly the right essence from both classic elements. She never lets you forget that her Muted (the zombies) were once people even as they're killing everything in sigh
Alaina Souers
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When Stars Burn Out" is a thrilling without being predictable, romantic without being gushy, and heroic without being cheesy. Hard to believe that Anna Vera has slipped in under the radar with a debut novel that has all the qualities of a veteran author. Anna does an astounding job of creating characters with depth and feeling that isn't seen in much YA lit. Eos is a strong female character without trying. Memories feel real with this story. I find myself fearing the plague in this story and my ...more
Ashley Carlson
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Author Anna Vera has a true gift with words. Not only has she created a world that is utterly new, but has created a suspenseful story where those in charge are hiding something truly horrendous.

We start out with main character (and total bad-ass) Eos Europa, who has been created on a giant spaceship called the Ora for one Purpose: to protect the remaining humans left on Earth who are being terrorized by the cannibalistic Muted--those humans who were infected with a virus years ag
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I fell head over heels in love with this sci-fi adventure from the first page. 'When Stars Burn Out' is a refreshing escape from otherwise what has been a serious drought of decent YA novels as of late. The beautiful cover caught my eye, the premise drew me in, and by story's end, I felt like I had witnessed an epic movie in book form. Not only has Vera created a world that is new and unique, but has created a suspenseful story where those in charge are hiding something truly macabre. The pictur ...more
K.J. Chapman
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book 4.5/5.

When Stars Burn Out is a mix of The 100 and Divergent, teamed with a unique twist on the zombie apocalypse narrative. There were many plot twists thrown in along the way, and I could not predict where Vera was going to take the story. Book two is high on my to be read pile, but it's not published yet. Ahhhh! #thestruggleisreal.

I enjoy a well-written, inventive take on YA literature. This story is highly character driven, just how I like it. You are not only drawn into Eos'
Mr.Gary Evans
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book! Was a great mix of Walking Dead meets The 100. I highly recommend it for fans of Fantasy and Dystopian novels. I am looking forward to her next amazing book, "A Dark Sky Opens." Anna Vera has a bright future as an author! Very entertaining! ...more
Theta Fraser Curry
“When Stars Burn Out” was a refreshing escape from otherwise what has been a barren landscape of decent YA novels as of late. Vera balanced the job of the creation of her world and characters beautifully. I admit, much of the time, SciFi-esq novels aren’t something that I gravitate toward but I am so happy that I read this book. It has now become one of my new favorite novels.

Much of the time, I find books either don’t give enough description to give any depth to what is happening or the book p
Megan Manzano
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a glorious sci-fi read that didn't shy away from being both descriptive and plot twisting. I wanted to know more with every page. Anna had a way of hooking me with her strong language and characters and a fresh plot in the sci-fi world.

You fall in love with the characters, each of them having their own struggle - despite this book being a single POV. There is so much that this book offers and it is one of the best I've read in a while.

I am so excited for the next book!
R.S. Williams
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book was very intriguing and honestly, beautiful. The blurb also did an excellent job of grabbing my face and slamming it into the book. In the best possible way of course. I’m super glad I grabbed this little gem.

Our main character is called Eos Europa and in the beginning of the story, we learn she’s failed her exam for not having an ability like everyone else and won’t be deployed to Earth’s surface to help stop the apocalypse, thus landing herself a crummy job as Grounds K
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this copy of When Stars Burn Out by the Author. I read the first edition a while ago and enjoyed it, so I was surprised when a second edition was announced. Updated version has a stunning cover if a little bit creepy with the hands reaching for the light.
‘When Stars Burn Out’ is my second Science Fiction but despite this I found that I understood each word and was pulled into this fast paced and action packed adventure. The idea of the Virus making the victim dig one of their eyes out
Emily (The Litertarian)
Eos is a specimen; a human spliced genetically into something more, something meant for a Purpose. Others like Eos have a skillset, or a special ability that manifests itself as a product of the splicing. Eos never had one. But she wouldn’t let that stop her from her Purpose:: descending to Earth from her home on a space station to help save what is left of humanity.

Thirty years ago, a plague hit the world. It turns humans into hideous rotten monsters with a thirst for destruction, and it spread
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful!

I have been on a sci-fi kick this year and Anna was kind enough to send me a free copy of her book in exchange for a review. And I can't express how much I fell in love with this story. This book transports you to a future of Earth you often might imagine where disease has rampaged the planet and the only way to stay safe is to quarantine. But this story goes so far beyond that. It starts with a typical apocalyptic story line and pushes the reader past that to a world wit
That Gal Reads
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Yes to this entire book.

Okay. Sit down. You need to know what this book is about and why it is so good.

This is a glorious science fiction zombie apocalypse twist, with phenomenal side characters that stand out perfectly on their own, a great group dynamic, an excellent story with an even better end twist (I did not even see it coming AT ALL. Pure gold), and a great and relatable main character. Throw in some powerfully crafted villains and I'm game for this story all day everyday.

But wha
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I just finished this book, and holy moly, I am seriously floored! I cannot express enough how much this book shook me. Let me start this review by saying I don't gravitate towards sci-fi books, but I do like that genre of movie. I actually wanted to try this book because a fellow authortuber was so pumped up about it. And I like supporting fellow authors who self publish.

When I first started reading, I was captured by Anna's writing style. She strings together words and phrases that you don'
SM Stinski
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Stars Burn Out is a fast-paced read with tons of action and intense emotion, but it is still grounded, personal, and relevant. Vera has so skillfully addressed questions of self-worth, guilt, grief, helplessness and overcoming your own shortcomings that despite the setting in a haunting, post-apocalyptic world with spaceships and “zombies,” it is achingly relatable. Oh, and her take on zombie-like creatures is so fresh and interesting that even though I’ve become jaded by zombie stories – t ...more
Renee Dugan
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book! Sci fi is not usually my genre but i found this one relatively easy to follow along with. The prose is a highlight of this read, the descriptions and action words really hammer things home, though perhaps a few too many distracting dialogue tags. Regardless, Vera displays an uncanny storytelling that made everything so vivid and real. Had i not been reading on Kindle, i would've been highlighting favorite phrases left and right!

I absolutely loved the characters, particu
Quinn Farrand
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting the day it arrived in my mailbox.
Needless to say, I was very impressed with AV's debut. Her voice is what really hooked me beyond the plot points. Written in present-tense (something I'm unused to, but still enjoyed), the eldritch-like imagery really worked, and fit the entire aesthetic of the story itself.

Of course, there were some moments that fell a little short for me, and there were some moments where I wished we got to see more of the character's and see t
Steve Avery
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to meet this engaging, intelligent author at Phoenix Comic Con. When Stars Burn Out is Anna's epic science fiction debut novel that reflects her strong world building skills. I enjoyed time spent on spaceship (especially Huckleberry a Mr. Miyagi type of character. Earth is where Eos journey of discovery begins. A particular skill of Anna's is having you believe in a character who turns out to be someone you did not expect. This start of a series ends on a cliffhanger leaving the ...more
Dan Frank
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Stars Burn Out is my new favorite book by my new favorite author. From the set up in the beginning to the fast paced ending, this story is action packed with unique world building and rich character development. Ana’s signature writing style and fast moving plot introduces conflict for her main character at every corner - reeling in the reader. An engulfing book where I found myself waking up early or reading on my work break just to steal a chapter. I’m hooked and can’t wait for the follow ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kiz J Moncrieff
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a really good story, with very interesting characters and with twists I didn't see coming. A plague story during a pandemic is an interesting experience, but I believe it stands up.

My biggest qualm with this book is there were parts of telling, there is a slight romantic subplot but I didn't see the chemistry between the two characters. And two of the characters are best friends but I could never tell from their interactions. Showing character relationships more would be good and develop
Kelly Sedinger
I was expecting a space opera (which I love), and instead got a post-apocalyptic kinda-sorta zombie story (which I do not usually like much at all). And yes, that's my fault, because I bought this a while back, forgot I had it, and didn't refresh my memory by reading the description first. I'm glad I didn't, because this is a thrilling book with sharply drawn and intelligent characters, interesting mysteries, surprising revelations, and some really well-written action sequences.

So if you're dead
Kaylee Johnston
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! I LOVED Anna's book. It is such an original story that has familiar elements. It really brings you home while taking you out to a whole new world! The best way I can describe this epicness is a brilliant combination of Alien, The Walking Dead, and Divergent (the book not the movie). I HIGHLY recommend everyone pick this book up. ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great book! Anna Vera is a talented writer with a real gift for world-building. I also loved these characters. It’s a large cast, but each one has depth and a full range of emotional nuance. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the story! The action scenes will keep you turning pages!
Shilah LaCoe
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great dystopian-alien adventure..

This was a great dystopian-alien adventure set on Earth with walking dead and “magical” soliders. I loved the characters, especially Eos, Cyb and Rion. I cannot wait to read book 2!
Ashleh Cooper
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Can’t wait for the sequel!
Bethany Votaw
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The voice is what hooked me and the action is what kept me!
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When Anna Vera was a girl, she would've told you she was secretly a mermaid, could see ghosts, and teleport to other planets. Now that she's a mature adult, she keeps these things to herself.

Anna currently resides in Arizona, where she continues to write about fantasy realms, post-apocalyptic worlds, and alien invasions.

Her other interests include: reading, video games, hot yoga, plant-hoarding, a

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