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448 pages, ebook
First published January 2, 2018
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?
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.
“And we’re supposed to be clever, we students of N’Terra, children of whitecoats. It is our skills that will determine our survival. The founders of N’Terra had not meant for us to stay forever: Faloiv was the only habitable world their scouts had time to chart before evacuating the Origin Planet, and a meteor to the Vagantur’s hull during descent damaged the ship’s power cell irreparably. What had originally been envisioned as a brief stop on the hunt for a more survival-friendly sphere had become the final destination of the Vagantur. The original Council tried for twenty years to fix the ship before they gave up. Now here we are.”
So this isn’t a standalone though I both wish it was and am happy that it isn’t. There’s much that needs to be known. The cliffhanger was ah-mazing and I actually seriously was upset that it ended there.
“But home isn’t just a memory, I’ve decided: it’s knowledge, knowing where you belong and where you fit in.”
“Why should they let us study them?” I say loudly, standing. “This is their planet. They don’t owe us anything. And they damn sure don’t owe us running experiments on them.”
“There’s more to the world than logic,” he says.
“Not in N’Terra.”
No one knows, I think. But I will.
…I realize Rondo has chosen the space next to me, and even though his leg is five inches from mine, I imagine I can feel the warmth of it.