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Steal the Stars

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  89 reviews

Steal the Stars, a debut novel by Nat Cassidy, is based on the science fiction podcast from Tor Labs, written by Mac Rogers.

Dakota “Dak” Prentiss guards the biggest secret in the world.

They call it “Moss.” It’s your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. It still sits at the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed eleven years ago. A secret militar

Kindle Edition, 403 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Tor Books
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Sentranced Jem
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

steal the stars1

Title: Steal The Stars
Author: Nat Cassidy
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, New Adult


I love anything science fiction.. and I grew up watching X-Files etc so I was really intrigued to read this book. Aliens, extra terrestrials beings... who wouldn't want to read about it right?!
I have a confession to make, I waited a while to review this book..... why? because I wanted to listen to the Podcast. Steal The Stars in based on a Podcast by Mac Rogers and I really wante
Lana Reads
The podcast was awesome, but I couldn't really get into the book. Maybe because I already knew what was going to happen? I donno. Might get back to it at some point. ...more
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

At a super-secret military base guarding a crashed alien space craft, two of the guards fall in love. They plan to escape, and the only way they can see to do that is to steal the alien.

There's the usual Twilight Zone twist.

The book is based on a dramatic podcast, and it does feel like it when read. I would say it's more Roger Corman than SyFy Channel, if that makes any sense.
Pamela  (Here to Read Books and Chew Gum)
Steal the Stars was conceptually interesting given that it started life as a podcast produced and released by a book publisher (Tor). I like the idea of book publishers getting into the world of podcasts, as narrative storytelling has a lot of cross-platform potential. But, I would have liked to see the two platforms working together to create something new and really unique, rather than just telling the same story.

The reality is Steal the Stars was a lot more convincing as a podcast than it was
Laura Thomas
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I realized this was based on a podcast series I thought I’d listen to them first. Glad I didn’t so I can compare them now.

This is a very different take on discovering aliens exist. They’ve had Moss, the alien, hidden away for a long time. If you are chosen to work at the facility, you are an employee for life. No quitting allowed. And just going to work each day is a whole bunch of weird, complicated check points.

Dak won me over right away. She’s something else. You wouldn’t want to get on
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey! Fair warning, the publisher gave me access to the first five episodes ahead of time in exchange for my review, BUT the podcast is free and available at your podcast location of choice. I use Pocket Casts, and the first three episodes are already up. A link to get to them is here.

Steal the Stars is part of a new project by Tor, Tor Labs, which will apparently be putting out serialized fiction -- basically audio drama -- podcasts in the future. Think about stuff like The Truth, Limetown, The
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, audio
Actual rating: 4.5/5.0

Note: This is my review of the audiodrama (not the novel) as serialized by Tor Labs.

I think my heart rate has come down enough to review this now.

This was fantastic. The premise and key story elements alone are great. A Bonnie and Clyde love story. A secret military facility. A 20-minutes-into the future overly-corporatized America. A real Area 51 complete with alien. But it’s the intrigue and pacing layered over the top of these that really lifts this story into five-star range.

Steal the Stars is a story in two parts. Where the first part is interesting, with lots of quest
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2017, sci-fi
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an open and honest review

That ending….wow… I can’t actually decide if I liked the last chapter, but the rest of this book was phenomenal.

Steal the Stars is the novelization of a podcast of the same name from Tor Labs. To clarify, I have not listened to the podcast, but after reading the book, it’s certainly being added to my podcast list. I can’t say how close the book is to the podcast in terms of plot and narration, but by from the ra
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I thought it was an interesting idea that this was based off of a podcast. That I will now have to listen to!

Check out author's other books or related books? O yes I hope that there is a book two to this one.

Recommend this book? Yes fans of aliens and science fiction will love this one.

Notes and Opinions: I didnt know this was based on a podcast series until I noticed we had done a promo post for this title a little while ago. I thought that was
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review is for the podcast.

I thought the presentation was fantastic, and it was really fun to listen to while I was taking some long drives, but the story kind of lost me in places. The whole idea of Moss was really cool though.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books
Earlier this week I featured the podcast Steal The Stars here on the blog for my podcast feature, Deanna Listens. I was also able to get my hands on an advanced reader copy of the novelization thanks to Netgalley that was written by Nat Cassidy. If you listen to the podcast, and I really think you should, you may know him as Lloyd.

I wasn't sure if the novelization was right for me. I liked the podcast a lot, and I love that s
Richard Haines
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, I don't often stop to write reviews. But I thought maybe I'd give myself a little closure by typing out my thoughts about the book.

I definately liked the book, but there is something missing right now.

No spoilers, but there are questions that arise from the ending that I feel need answers. I don't mind twists, in fact, I love twists, especially when I don't see them coming (which is a little rare) BUT, there are certain twists that conform to an internal logic within the narative. You look b
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steal the Stars is a novelization of the Tor Labs podcast of the same title. The story fits neatly into two well-known categories of the genre. The most obvious for much of the story, is in its setting in a very-near-future of our world where government has been completely privatized. All government functions are performed by large corporations that are much more efficient at most governmental operations - but also much more mercenary and considerably more invasive. It takes place at a research ...more
Jeannette M. Hartman
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
If all science fiction was this character-driven and well-plotted, I'd be a fan. Dakota Prentice (known as Dak to her friends and colleagues) is chief of security for Quill Marine. Like most of her colleagues, she is a veteran of numerous top secret and highly dangerous missions. As she realizes toward the end of the book, she's never stepped out of line in her life; she's always followed orders; but now, she's following the orders of her own heart. This book has all the suspense and high stakes ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started listening to the pod but gave up when the romantic nature overtook the screenplay. However, I decided to pick the book up and see if I like it more. As a general rule, I'm not a fan of sci-fi though this was easy to understand and I enjoyed the book a lot more than the podcast. I think my brain creates it's own picture sand sounds whereas an audiobook loses dimensions for me.

This book was okay - 3.5 stars. I'd recommend it but the ending happened very fast and was unsatisfying to me. D
Anne girl
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to put this book down. And so I didn't and greedily polished it off, nom nom nom.
Really so much about this book is a treat--female protagonist narrator who's got it bad for You; a great bunch of human and otherwise characters surrounding her; vivid settings like The Hangar and The Walnut. The prose was sparkling overall, so fun, great pace. But then I did need to go back and re-read a few passages because: hang on, I think that was a beautiful, capital T-truth back there-yes it wa
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This blew me away. I know it's not an "actual" book yet, but I'm pretty sure the story finished in podcast format yesterday, and OH MY GOD. This was one of the best stories I've ever encountered in a long time. The actors were excellent, and the story was fast-paced and fascinating. Find this story in its podcast form STAT. You need this in your life.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book and the narrating is AMAZING! I could see what the characters were doing and where they where without it being described to me.

I don't really like the reason for the heist, it felt too romancy and a little too easy for them. I also technically DNFd at 89% xD it just became too stressful (thanks to the amazing voice acting) and too horror for me.
Suzanne Earley
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The book is just as bonkers (in a good way) as the podcast. The additional details made it worth reading, even though I knew how it was going to turn out. And I could “hear” it in the voices of the actors from the podcast, so that was even better.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the audio drama series of Steal the Stars. I was a little leery of a novelization, but this book is so much more than that. I was so glad to get an insider's view into Dak's brain. It adds a whole new dimension to the story. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great sci-fi

I listened to the podcast before I read the book so nothing was a surprise but it was still fun to experience this in a new medium.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Between 3 & 4 stars (again, rounding up).

Oh hey! I liked a sci-fi book! 😱

Not only were (most of the) characters well-developed with strong, individual voices — but there was lots of commentary upon what happens when a person is starved for love & freedom. While it’s true that the story rests heavily upon a severe case of insta-love, I think the fact of that was actually, thematically essential (it wasn’t just happenstance or poorly-written). The full-cast audio performance was largely what made
Carey Nelson
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Listened to the podcast version and was impressed by a lot of the choices made. This one felt superior to other podcasts in the same style. Mr. Rogers is improving! The actors are top notch with great direction/production. Everyone is distinct and interesting.
Lacie Jordyn
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this because I really enjoyed the podcast. It took me awhile to read but I think I just have a hard time finishing a story when I know what’s going to happen already. I was very impressed with the ending and think it was done even better than it was in the podcast. Nat Cassidy definitely had a way of bringing Dak and her emotions to a new dimension which I think was needed from the podcast. I got exactly what I wanted out of the novelization which was a better understanding of Dak and her ...more
Akwa Timba
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyable listen. Excellent writing
Emily Randolph-Epstein
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking. Kept me on the edge of my seat, may have forgotten to eat while reading.
Laura (crofteereader)
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I listened to the audio for this one. Knowing that it started as a podcast kind of excuses parts of the audio which are garbled and hard to understand (because it fits with the performance aspect). However, the story was... Not interesting. The alien situation was super cool, but it was almost immediately sidelined by this instalove between the hardened chief of security and the new recruit (both of whom are extremely decorated military veterans who have been through some serious tragedy). The o ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Aliens! Written by Nat Cassidy, and published by Tom Doherty Associates in 2017, this Tor Books novel is based on the original dramatic podcast written by Mac Rogers. The story is a work of science fiction that is set in the Western United States in the not too distant future. The protagonist is Chief of Security Dakota “Dak” Prentiss. She is, in my view, not a very likeable person. She is cold, calculating, ruthless and violent. She works at Quill Marine, a former Navy base in North ...more
Elena Love
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

First of all, the concept of this book is more than fascinating and I feel like it's worth reading just because of its uniqueness and authenticity. Second of all, the beginning was a bit confusing which is something I wanted to mention before moving on with this review, just because it's what kept me from being completely blown away by it. It took a while for me to get used to what was going o
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Born in North Carolina, raised in Arizona, and currently residing in New York City, Nat Cassidy in an award-winning playwright, novelist, actor, and musician.

As an actor, he has appeared on television shows such as "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC), "Bull" (CBS), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "The Following" (Fox), "The Affair" (Showtime), "Red Oaks" (Amazon) "High Maintenance" (HBO), "The Last O.G." (TBS), as wel

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