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A Conspiracy of Stars

(Faloiv #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  836 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be ove ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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KC According to the author's Twitter, there's going to be a sequel, and its cover is due to be revealed later this year.
Primarily A Yes, there's a side romance that doesn't take away much from the main plot. :)

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Emily May
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 mak
Yusra  ✨
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/4.5 stars ✨

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
I have a love/hate relationship with the classic slow build. Mainly because I usually get too bored. But there are the cases where the slowness pays off in an explosive way. That ends up being the case here. Especially in the last chapter. So this is worth the read. However..suffering through that slowness was a bit of a pain until the world we were in came to life. I get it, though. If this didn't come together in a slower way, the world-building would've been a full on info-dump. And we all kn ...more
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

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
I think that this is my favorite book I've read this year.

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 th
Sara Saif
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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.

Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
Everything about this book - the characters, plot and mystery - are all very well thought out and carefully constructed. I was definitely compelled to read and continue unraveling the secrets of Faloiv (<- no idea how to pronounce this!).

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 arr
Melissa Souza
3.5 stars!!!

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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, romance, fantasy
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

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 wha
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“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 thing hidin
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here there be monsters. A Conspiracy Of Stars is a truly imaginative novel. Beautifully crafted, this book draws the reader into another world, or rather planet, that is entirely different from our own. Yet is seems that the troubles of humanity follow, no matter how exotic the location.

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
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need the sequel so badly! I need to know what happens with my children! The magic and world building in this book was amazing and I CANNOT wait to see what she does in the next book.

Read full review here:

*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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
We came here to start over, not to make the same mistakes...

А получилось как всегда.
Это было красиво. Да, "Аватар" чувствуется, но авторской крутоты тоже немало.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

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.
There is
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I already need the second one. *throws hands up in the air*
This book is full of cliffhangers. Beware!
Sep 03, 2016 marked it as but-2018-is-not-that-far  ·  review of another edition
So over having the word 'daughter' in book titles. Ugh.
Olivia (The Candid Cover)
I am always up for a great sci-fi novel, and I am really excited about this one! There are so many interesting dynamics in that synopsis that I can’t wait to see unfold in the story. A combination of science and a quest for the truth? Yes, please!
Nicki Chapelway
Jul 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Thanks to this strange anomaly known as library due dates, I'm putting this book aside for a while. But I plan on trying it again... someday.
Vicky Who Reads
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drcs, book-box
5 stars

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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I was reading A Conspiracy of Stars I was thinking that this was one of the most inventive and original books I have ever read. The world-building is bizarre, yet totally works, and though I don’t have all the answers, I am thrilled to find them all out in the next book. This wasn’t a perfect book, but it was mind-blowingly entertaining, and I loved every minute of it.

A Conspiracy of Stars starts as Octavia and her father are driving through the compound on an alien planet, speeding throug
It seems like 2018 may be a great year for young adult novels, because it seems like almost every one I've read so far has been absolutely fantastic. A Conspiracy of Stars grabbed me initially because of the cover, and to be honest, I just went for it without reading the blurb at all. I even thought it was a high fantasy, and was pleasantly surprised to be reading a wonderful pure science fiction.

The novel seems to be possibly set in the far off future (with the people being called N'Terrans- is
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* YA, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5


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
*Actual rating 3.5

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
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this story, but I didn't like the execution. I thought the story was too slow. It took a long time for the story to get going. Also, I was expecting a very different type of story, which didn't help. I liked the characters, though, and the world sounded interesting, but I didn't like the romance. The insta-love didn't work for me. The ending was exciting and intriguing, but it was too little too late.
Meranda Masse
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the story behind this book. I hated the lack of descriptions of all of the animals and surroundings though. You could tell the views were amazing from how the characters acted when they saw these creatures, but most of the time all the reader got was a color or a purpose. The book didn't seem to take off until about page 180, but the ending really did leave me hoping that there's a sequel (is that considered a spoiler?).
Stuti T
Read my review on the blog HERE.

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
Stella (Paper Wings)
2.5 stars
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
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, lovers of Avatar,
Cole's futuristic sci-fi will delight those who loved Avatar (and not for the 3D). It delves into human greed, arrogance and has themes of colonialism. The story is set in a distant planet called Faloiv, where a community of human settlers, mostly scientists get stranded, and is told from the point of view of a second generation settler, Octavia. Octavia and her generation have been brought up to revere scientific advancement, and the main aim of the colony seems, at first, to study the indigeno ...more
"There are things that we must do as scientists" if we want to survive

This has the potential to be a massive series, that I don't understand why this will be only a duology...

I finished this book and I felt satisfied.

Yes, satisfied. Lemme explain further:

1. I love the Avatar vibe the book has. A bunch of humans living in an alien planet that belongs to another race and the we want more greedy feeling that humans have.
2. Exquisite descriptions of alien flora and fauna and the amazing and u
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Olivia Cole is an author and blogger from Louisville, Kentucky. She spent eight years in Chicago and two in South Florida before finding her way back home. She is the author of PANTHER IN THE HIVE and its sequel, THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN, as well as her latest young adult series, A CONSPIRACY OF STARS and its sequel AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS. She is on the Creative Writing faculty at the Kentucky Governor’ ...more

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“Don’t call me stupid,” Yaya says, taking a half step toward me. The shine of tears in her eyes is gone: she’s fully angry now and it shows. But I’m angry too. 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’m surprised they haven’t already thrown us back out into the stars.” 3 likes
“Fear makes people stupid,” 2 likes
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