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A Conspiracy of Stars

(Faloiv #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,712 ratings  ·  384 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
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Published January 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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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 m
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
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Jan 01, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ by: Emily May
This is going to be my next fantasy read after POPPY WAR.

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.
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 t
Sarah Elizabeth
(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
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  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
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 array
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.

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
Vicky Again
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, fantasy, romance
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 w
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 thi
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
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
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
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.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
A Conspiracy of Stars was an interesting book about a group of scientists and their families who left on an exploration mission to discover new planets. They had already found one, Faloiv, and planned to expand from there. However their ship malfunctioned and they were unable to leave from Faloiv. Stranded on this foreign planet, they made a new society and studied the indigenous flora and fauna in order to survive it.

I love, love, loved the concept and world-building on this. It felt like a sli
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it's been terribly difficult to write a review about A Conspiracy of Stars because there isn't anything I didn't love. This is one of the most unique science fiction stories I have read in a long time, not only for its content, but it's amazing world building. If you like zoology and fiction, then you absolutely need to check out A Conspiracy of Stars.

But besides that, A Conspiracy of Stars is incredibly rich in themes - free will, science versus emotions, and respect. One of my favorite was
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[ Trigger/Content warnings & on-page representation ]

🌻 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
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
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!
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
*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
Amber (The Book Bratz)
This the third time I’ve tried reading CONSPIRACY OF THE STARS and I really just struggled to get into it. I love how the MC is a POC and I love the whole concept of terraforming another planet, government hijinks and deadly secrets. But I also hate insta-love and I feel like Octavia gets butterflies and all flustered and can’t stop thinking about Kondo from the moment she meets him.

The concept of the book was cool and I was super excited but this one really wasn’t for me sadly.

DNF @ 30%
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. ...more
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for some reason I was stuck on a coverless, lacking-publication-date version of this and now I am upset because this came out a year ago and I was completely unaware
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
Reread: 11 July 2020

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
*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
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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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