A Conspiracy of Stars
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Is this how humans got ourselves into this mess? By believing that we have as much right to this planet as the Faloii? Do we think we own the galaxy?
3 1/2 stars. I really think that love for certain books can depend on the time when you read them. There would probably be times when A Conspiracy of Stars would be too slow-moving for me. Because, honestly, it is a very slow climb; a gradually painted picture of a fascinating concept, with later chapters containing enough action to just about m ...more
Woah. Firstly, I’m going to reconsider the sci-fi genre because this is the second book that I’ve really enjoyed, the first being The Diabolic .
But I’m not going to say they are similar; A Conspiracy of Stars is its own definition of spectacular. 💫
When the Origin Planet became unhabitable, five hundred passengers boarded the Vagantaur and arrived at Faloiv. The landing at the surface caused the spacecraft to ruin, and humans were forced to negotiate with the locals of that p ...more
I am such a sucker for books set on alien planets that approach it from a xenobiology perspective. Two of my favorites were SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD (from the Ender series) and GRASS (from the Arbai series). It's probably one of my top ten favorite tropes. ...more
Admittedly, it's the only book I've read so far this year, but no matter. For being the first book I read in 2018, this has set the bar fairly high. And to think that I felt a bit hesitant when picking this book up after seeing some low rated reviews. But then I realized that the problem was less about the story and more about personal preferences.
The main problem with this book is that is slow. Like, extremely, I almost quit part way t ...more
This was a YA sci-fi story, set on another planet.
I liked Octavia, and I liked how she kept searching for the truth even when things got hard. I also liked her friends Rondo and Alma, and I liked how they helped her even when she sounded a bit crazy.
The storyline in this was about Octavia finding that things were not as they seemed on the planet where she lived. She had been born on the planet, whilst her p ...more
Octavia wants nothing more than to become a whitecoat, just like her parents, and study the natural wonders of Faloiv, the planet humans moved to when the origin planet died.
When she finally gets her change and comes in contact with her first Faloiv animal, she notices something is different about her...
This story was unique (although I did get some Avatar and Jurrasic Park vibes here and there) and interesting. Octavia was a great heroine and the plot line was incredibly fascinating.
How wou ...more
I was so impressed with the world-building here - and I loved Octavia's curiosity and love of her planet. The science fiction aspects like skinsuits and all the species of animals added depth and interest to the story. I deeply wish the cover conveyed the array ...more
I never thought I would get to relive Avatar after 9 years but this book was essentially a similarly fantastic, exotic and colorful experience. Faloiv strongly reminded me of Pandora, the strangely beautiful life form there, the humans’ attempts to colonize it. I found the book intensely fascinating.
Books set on other planets always attract me, I absolutely love the premise and A Conspiracy of Stars was as good as they come. It was mesmerizing from start to finish and incredibly well crafted.
Going into this book, I really didn't know what to expect. But from the blurb, I was pretty excited from the brief synopsis. I was looking for something which was a departure from the usual YA fantasy and I would say this novel did deliver in that regard. However, there were some aspects of the novel which could have been explored further. Let me explain this more fully.
Firstly, the worldbuilding was very immersive. The author has come up with a whole world filled with such unique cr ...more
Octavia's dream is to follow her parents' footsteps in becoming one of the esteemed whitecoats--the highest rank of scientists on the planet of Faloiv. She would be able to study the jungle's exotic plants and animals that are protected through the Council of N'Terra.
When the opportunity for an internship opens, Octavia is overjoyed until she learns of the extremist views of the new Council leader. He's growing in power, and when Octavia witnesses one of the indigenous people of Faloiv, t ...more
A CONSPIRACY OF STARS takes place on a distant planet called Faloiv. Octavia’s grandparents and other scientists have crash landed on. The big job on this planet is to become a ‘whitecoat’ scientist, studying the animals of Faloiv. Everything changes when Olivia witnesses a native Falvoii being attacked and captured by the scientists in the council of N’Terra. With a little help from her friends, Octavia must learns the truth about w ...more
“But home isn’t just a memory, I’ve decided: it’s knowledge, knowing where you belong and where you fit in.”
This was a solid sci-fi story that combined all the things I want to see in my science fiction reads: compelling research, characters I connect with, and an intriguing mystery. A Conspiracy of Stars follows aspiring scientist Octavia, who’s desperate to follow in the steps of her parents and discover the secrets of Faloiv. But Octavia soon realises the planet isn’t the only thi ...more
Octavia's dream is to become a whitecoat like her mother and father, eminent scientists who study the diverse animals and plants of Faloiv. When she and her fellow classmates are offered internships well before e ...more
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*The world building was extremely well done and very interesting
*There were some hard sci-fi elements in the book but it wasn't too much for my brain to handle
*Not only are the characters mostly dark-skinned, with asian and a little latin woven in ...more
Oh yay, my mind has the mixed feelings again! Let's get right to it with yet another list, hmm?
The Things I Liked:
It's on another planet and that is always awesome. I mean, who doesn't want to go venture to literal worlds unknown!? And I love when a planet harbors secrets, and this one totally does. Especially in relation to the Faloii people, who are native to the planet.
I love, love, loved the concept and world-building on this. It felt like a sli ...more
But besides that, A Conspiracy of Stars is incredibly rich in themes - free will, science versus emotions, and respect. One of my favorite was ...more
The novel seems to be possibly set in the far off future (with the people being called N'Terrans- is ...more
🌻 Science, research, and women in STEM
🌻 Knowledge is power, and science is political
🌻 Vividly described setting and perfectly fitting ambiance
🌻 Mysteries, conspiracies, and the unveiling of secrets
🌻 Family relationships and friendship dynamics
But on the downside:
🌻 Disconnect with the characters and lukewarm feelings towards the romance
🌻 Sluggishly paced story that ends on a well-written cliffhanger
🌻 Questionable use or portrayal of ...more
Avatar is my favorite movie. When I heard this book reminded people of Avatar, I had to read it. Honestly, I probably would have been happy if this book was exactly like the movie. But Avatar has guns, airplanes, horses, robots, and dragons. A Conspiracy of Stars has, um, mysterious scientists?
I totally appreciate what this book is trying to do, but it's just so boring. I think if I'd been in a different state of mind when I read this, I might have enjoyed it more, but I wasn't in the m ...more
Everyone and their grandma has seen Avatar (actually wait, I don’t think my grandmas have…), the James Cameron sci-fi movie about a white saviour dude who white-saves the indigenous people of a planet that humans are trying to study and colonise. A Conspiracy of Stars takes the same premise, but centres characters of colour in a narrative that promises to actually think about colonialism and its impacts—and there isn’t any white saviourism. Which is really all I a ...more
*Genre* YA, Science Fiction
A Conspiracy of Stars, by author Olivia A. Cole, is the first installment in the authors untitled duology. This is a work of pure science fiction/fantasy set on a planet called Faloiv where 40 years ago, a group of humans, including the protagonists own grandparents, left the Origin Planet for a new beginning. They ended crash landing on Faloiv and have been here ever since. They built a place called N'Terra to study and experime ...more
The concept of the book was cool and I was super excited but this one really wasn’t for me sadly.
DNF @ 30%
A Conspiracy of Stars starts as Octavia and her father are driving through the compound on an alien planet, speeding throug ...more
Essentially? This book is what the Avatar movie by James Cameron could have been were it more nuanced and well-researched, and that’s the tea.
In the community of N’Terra on the planet of Faloiv, humans fleeing from a destroyed Earth manage to coexist with the indigenous sentient race, the Faloii. This is the world Octavia is born to and grows up in, but all that may change soon with the appointment of a new Council leader with more extremist views. All Octavia wants to do ...more
A slow burn, but a good one.
A Conspiracy of Stars was only barely on my radar, but for some reason, I decided to read it ahead of even some of my more anticipated reads.
It follows a girl and her people who live in a new world (literally), one they’ve only lived in for a generation or two after having to leave their old planet for reasons not given. The new planet has a different climate, vegetation, and animals, and even people who already live there. And while the natives m ...more