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Black Star Renegades

(Black Star Renegades #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  578 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no con ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Galaxy hoping, space rebels, evil characters, pilots, friends, foes, robots, sword fights, backstabbing and an epic quest all take place in this book. The galaxy is at war and they need the "chosen one" foretold by legend, to swoop in and save the day. But what happens when the chosen one meets his demise, and another must step up to the plate?

Cade and his older brother, Tristan, are orphans who travel to the caves of Quarry on a mission. There tragedy strikes, and Cade is the sole survivor. He
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Known for his work in comics, Michael Moreci makes the transition to novelist in this rollicking debut which was clearly written as a tribute to his love of space-faring action and adventure sagas. Anyone familiar with popular franchises like Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy will no doubt see some of their plot elements and character tropes represented in Black Star Renegades, which borrows liberally from its inspira
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-release
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 stars

This is a book that was written as a love letter to Star Wars, and it shows.  You enjoy it for the adventure and the crew's personalities and excitement as they work to defeat a large and ominous force in the galaxy. It embraces all of the tropes and deus ex machina found in Star Wars and if you can't embrace them as well, then this might not be a great choice of book for you. And that's fine, no book will please ev
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Inspired by Star Wars to the point of being an unoriginal copycat. Writing quality isn't up to snuff, so I only made it about a hundred pages in. Especially unfortunate cause I was looking forward to a good space adventure here.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Black Star Renegades" is a seat of the pants, loads of action, space opera romp. In Michael Moreci's hands, you won't find a technical description of the FTL drive of the star ship. And, I could care less, because this adventure novel packs in all that one wants in space opera. A young hero/savior, with a moody weapon of mass destruction, leads/ cajoles a rag tag revolution against an evil empire of world destroyers and killers. This is not deep thought, but it is big fun. Buckle in boyos and g ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read Black Star Renegades to fulfill the prompt of “A book with your favorite color in the title” (a misnomer of sorts, since I don’t really have a “favorite” color) for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

I received an ARC of this book from St. Martin’s Press via Goodreads giveaway, which has no influence on the contents of my review.

Billed as being inspired by Star Wars and incorporating the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades begins with a great deal of promise. Cade Su
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: St. Martins

Publishing Date: January 2018


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.8/5

Publishers Description: Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The nitty-gritty: A fun and character-driven debut, fans of Star Wars will find much to love in this fast-paced space opera.

In Michael Moreci’s afterward to his fun and furious debut, he unabashedly calls Black Star Renegades his “love letter to Star Wars,” and it shows. It’s easy to make your way through the story and say things like “Cade is Luke Skywalker” or “Ga Halle is Darth Vader” or “the shido must be a light saber.” But Black Star Renegades , for all the obvious Star Wars parallels,
Patrick St-Denis
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
After reading Melanie Rawn's The Mageborn Traitor and Stephen R. Donaldson's Seventh Decimate (reviews for both books coming up in the near future), two decidedly subpar novels that proved to be major disappointments, I needed something fun and light to get back into the swing of things. And Michael Moreci's Black Star Renegades appeared to be just what I needed. The advance reading copy of this title went to the top of the pile when it showed up in my mailbox and the timing was just about right ...more
“He allotted himself a quick second to jam his claw against the control panel and silence all alerts. He knew he was in deep trouble, again; he didn’t need a soundtrack.”

Fun. Popcorn for the SF reader.

“And what are you going to do?” she scoffed. “What I always do,” Cade sighed. “Something stupid.”

If imitation is the most sincere form of flatter, Lucas Films, Marvel, DreamWorks--not to mention J. R. R. Tolkien, should be very flattered. In fact, their legal departments may consider when imitatio
Jay Sandlin
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now that you’ve seen The Last Jedi, take a journey to save the galaxy again!

Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades delivered an exciting, intergalactic, quest that would make Steven Spielberg or George Lucas want to film it, and create special editions for decades.

Moreci (The Throwaway, 2018, etc.) highlighted his talent by creating a living, breathing, world(s) set in the cosmos. The opening chapter is a space chase and introduces the brotherly duo of Cade and Tristan Sura. Moreci does an excell
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
My expectations clearly exceeded what this science fiction adventure could deliver. Yes, there are clear parallels to Star Wars. Thank goodness for the breadth of outer space, because Black Star Renegades and Star Wars are galaxies apart. Moreci has crafted some decent comic book elements but they never really reach their full potential. Cade suddenly finds himself in the role of "The Chosen One", and continues to refute the point continuously throughout the novel. He teams up with rogue pilot K ...more
Mike Chen
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, epic, and thrilling, BSR comes as advertised -- the epic journey of Star Wars meets the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy. For me personally, it felt like Star Wars: Rebels with a little bit more attitude. The immense world building is complemented by a furious pace and strongly written action sequences. Also, 4-Qel is hands down the best droid/robot in the galaxy. Space opera fans rejoice, your new favorite is here.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is fun.

As the author states in his acknowledgements, this book is a love letter to Star Wars. It's not perfect, but it's fun. And, what more could you ask for in a space cowboy story? I am here for the sequel when it happens.
Nicolas Quattromani
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted to Let's Get Off This Rock Already! (

Black Star Renegades is so thoroughly inspired by Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy (mostly the former) that Moreci proclaims as much on its Amazon store page. Ultimately, that works in its favor. What we have here is a fun, fast-paced adventure novel with its own distinctive setting, characters, and feel, that nevertheless has the courage to make straightforward use of tropes. Only some na
Sam Kanan
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For fans of Brandon Sanderson...

I know that sounds weird to say Black Star Renegades isn't a natural fit for the kind of books Sanderson writes (he's a fantasy, Black Star is sci-fi), but when reading this book I couldn't help but see the similarities, especially in tone. Like Sanderson, Michael Moreci has a casual, breezy way of writing--it's fun and engaging while maintaining a level of seriousness as well, particularly through the characters.

Anyway, as for Black Star Renegades, I was lucky e
Jessica Bronder
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cade Sura and his brother Tristan are orphans that have picked up for training to be a peacekeeper, Rai. Tristan is assumed to be the Paragon, someone that can handle a powerful weapon to save the universe. But when he is killed after capturing the weapon everyone starts thinking it is Cade that is the Paragon. But Cade wants nothing to do with this responsibility. Thankfully he has a couple friends that he can gather to help him stop Praxis and their War Hammer.

Cade has some serious self-esteem
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: space-opera, scifi
Story: 3 (As unoriginal as it sounds but also, unfortunately, uninspired)
Characters: 5 (Enjoyable protagonist character arc but little else)

This is the story of a young orphan from a backwoods planet who gets recruited by an aged spiritual warrior armed with a glowing sword to join the rebellion against the evil empire and their planet-killer, err... sun crusher. Our lead is a great pilot with a biomechanical hand who’s the new hope for the galaxy after his family member, the Chosen One, failed
Matt Hlinak
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci branches out into novel-writing with 'Black Star Renegades,' an homage to 'Star Wars' with a tone a bit more along the lines of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Firefly.' Fans of the genre will not be disappointed, as Moreci has the conventions of space opera down pat. This is an entertaining adventure from start to finish.

Read my full review at Pop Mythology.

I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.
Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
Slim Daniels
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun as can be. Read like a fast-paced, cinematic space adventure that I think it's supposed to be, like Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a good time, total page-turner. The characters were great, and the book was funny--it's so refreshing that a book actually doesn't take itself SO seriously. I laughed a few times, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Adam Morgan
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun, propulsive space opera for fans of Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Expanse.
Jake Jarvi
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s like Star Wars mixed with Guardians of the Galaxy mixed with Serenity mixed with Sword in the Stone mixed with Avatar the Last Airbender. I liked it.
May 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Quit on page 17. Deeply shallow :) and vastly unoriginal.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BLACK STAR RENEGADES hits all the high notes of classic space opera: ragtag rebels, evil empires, blaster battles, and spaceport showdowns. But Moreci retools the familiar into a novel that’s fresh, energetic, and astonishingly humane. I loved it.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I want in my sci-fi. Crazy, big and full of amazing ideas.
Brandon Evans
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure that by now you've read the comparisons to Star Wars, but Black Star Renegades stands in a universe wholly its own. With believable dialogue, and sympathetic characters to deliver it, Michael Moreci weaves a galaxy spanning tale that is out of this world and yet, still somehow relatable. With a romping adventure across the cosmos that is fun in the midst of planet ending peril, you'll be turning the pages faster than you could jump to light speed in your star cruiser. I highly recommend ...more
Marissa Lewis
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the first advanced copy I've ever gotten of a book, and I found it to be a little rough at first. The writing and the story didn't take off until a good 50 pages in. But when it did, I was so glad I stuck with it. Black Star Renegades truly surprised me, in a lot of ways. First of all, it was really funny. There's moments where you can tell the writer is making things so big that it's impossible not to love it--it's over the top, but in really cool and inventive ways. The charact ...more
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3-3.5 stars. Enjoyable but forgettable. Almost a Star Wars knockoff.
Chuck Rybak
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moreci is an incredible talent, and I first got turned on to his work by reading Roche Limit, and his other work in comics (he recently did work for the Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash titles). I saw Moreci read from Black Star Renegades last April at the UntitledTown Book and Author Festival in Green Bay, and I knew right away I wanted to read the rest of it. Got my advance copy and devoured it. Trust me, Moreci is on the way up and only going to get bigger.
Jessie Stardust
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining book! The characters are interesting and just complex enough for a fun space adventure story. I felt immersed in the galaxy the author created here and I chuckled aloud many times while I read it. The book doesn’t release for a couple months yet, but I grabbed a copy at Comicon and have a no spoiler review here
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Hi, I'm Michael Moreci. Thanks for stopping by. I'm the author of a number of comics, some you might even recognize. I've written Roche Limit and Hoax Hunters for Image, Curse and Burning Fields for Boom!, and a few other original titles. I've also written stories for characters like Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Conan the Barbarian.

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