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The Stars Now Unclaimed

(The Universe After #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  886 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.

Now Jane, a ha
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Hardcover, 447 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Tor Books
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Dee Arr
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, action
There are so many good things about this novel that one might believe that it sprouted from the mind of an experienced author branching out into a new series. As a lover of sci-fi, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of the future.

The world-building started early and continued throughout the entire book. Truthfully, it was more galaxy-building, as author Drew Williams deftly juggled the different races, introducing them to us at a pace that managed to inform me without being a confusing jumble. Thro
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Monica
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Wow! Simply fantastic science fiction! Reminded me of the first time I read Star Wars - EPIC!!

I loved the world building, the characters, even the villains were super interesting. The majority of the story is action. But it never feels forced or hard to follow.

We don’t discover our main character’s most basic info, her name, until halfway through the story. It adds to her mystique. She is one of the most hard core soldiers I’ve read. Her job is to rescue “gifted” teenagers and bring them to a
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Nina
The Stars Now Unclaimed IS a good space opera. If you’re in the mood for a book that is the equivalent of reading Star Wars, this may be for you. However, I personally prefer Star Wars on the screen, and while some elements of this novel were clearly developed and well thought through, there were a couple of things that just made it impossible for me to rate it a 3:

1. The plot, while developed, is basically a string of fight sequences. While some may love this, it just wasn’t for me. I wanted mo
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Lata
2019-09-12:
I totally enjoyed this story my second time through. I liked the fast-moving plot, the wry narration, and interactions between the characters, and the ethical questions they raised. I definitely want to read the next installment of this series.

2018-09-19:
This story was such a hoot! With a constantly moving and fighting protagonist whose own name she doesn't speak till more than halfway through the story for reasons she explains, this space opera is tense and fast-paced with plenty of
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Fiona
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, off-world
The Stars Now Unclaimed starts off with a bang, dropping us and the protagonist straight into an epic mission, that leads us so much further than we could have imagined when first it began.

Jane is an agent for the Justified, a sect that have made it their mission to find and retrieve "special" children throughout the galaxy. Naturally, this mission doesn't go quite as planned, when it's interrupted by the overpowering invasion of those known as the "Pax". The peace of their name is the one they
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Sherwood Smith
Rip-roaring space opera adventure, with a strong emphasis on adventure.

From the blurb: Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.


Jane is nameless through the first half, but since t
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Sarah Elizabeth
Aug 16, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF @ pg. 50

Did I not give this book enough of a chance? Maybe. Will I pick it up again? Maybe.

We started off with several things I don't like. First being the typical male written female lead. She was cold and unemotional, which I find to be strangely common in books written by men. Is this what they think it's like inside our heads?

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Next is also a problem I had with the main character: she is nameless. Which is a pet-peeve of mine. It's almost like when you don't name a pet so you don't get at
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Lindsay
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Action-packed scifi that reminds me strongly of Star Wars in all the best ways.

Jane Kamali and her sentient starship Scheherazade are on a mission to find children with special powers and bring them to Sanctum. The galaxy has been devastated by the Pulse, a pervasive radiation field that degrades technology on every planet it touches to varying extents. On a planet badly affected by the Pulse, Jane finds a uniquely powerful young human girl and a Barious that calls itself Preacher that seems det
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Justine
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
This was a book I really wanted to like, but for some reason (perhaps related to my life circumstances at the moment) I just never felt fully engaged with. I'm definitely in the minority though, and I'm not totally ruling out picking up the sequel.
The Captain
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

Well, I have to admit that this was just an okay read.  One of me crew, Sarah @ theillustratedpage's review, accurately described it as:

"The majority of The Stars Now Unclaimed is action scenes. I really can’t emphasize how much of this book is action. You mainly get a few paragraphs or pages between various huge action set pieces, which doesn’t leave a whole lot
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Carlos
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow beginning but then the book takes on to a fast paced narrative that hooks you to the story and doesn't let go for the next 300 pages ....Awesome story and characters , well told battle scenes but if you are looking for a science fiction book that its not so centered in battles then this is not the book for you. There is a huge battle in the book and it takes at least 50% of the book length, I particularly like battle centered books so I loved this one. If you are like me then I highly recom ...more
The Nerd Daily
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Carolyn Percy

The Pulse: it was supposed to deliver the galaxy from an endless cycle of war and violence. Instead, it caused chaos. It wiped out technology indiscriminately, leaving millions of worlds vulnerable to those who would use the opportunity to conquer them.

But the Pulse didn’t just wipe out technology, it changed people, giving some of them strange powers. Esa is one of those gifted, and the mercenary Kamali’s latest charge. Kamali is a
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Toya
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was introduction into reading space operas, and it most definitely will not be my last. The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was watching Star Wars, which is an absolute favorite of mine. I loved getting to know the different worlds and species that the author created.

From the beginning, this book is packed with action. We are introduced to Jane Kamali (alongside her AI battle ship name Scheherazade aka Schaz) who is on a mission from a sect called the Justified and the R
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Shelley
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

The Stars Now Unclaimed is the first installment in author Drew Williams' The Universe After series. The story predicates on the theory that 1,000 years ago, the Pulse knocked worlds, most of them, back a few thousand years before spaceflight and electricity. The Pulse, which was supposed to stop wars and aggressive planets from conquering peaceful planets, wasn't a one time event. Some actually believe that the Pulse is building u
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Mike
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid space opera yarn. Williams embroils readers in conflict right out of the gate with very little downtime for examining the headier elements of this setting. That said, Williams lays down some excellent character work here and lays a strong foundation for further explorations.
Christi M
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
There's just something about space battles that I love. Lucky for me this book is chock-full of them, leaving my sci-fi heart feeling pretty good after finishing this story.

In The Stars Now Unclaimed, Jane Kamali is tasked with finding children with special abilities and bringing them back to Sanctum. Years prior to this story the Pulse went through the galaxy sending thousands of worlds back to the dark ages. Some planets, however, were affected more than others. Now it is certain that the Puls
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Nadine
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Stars Now Unclaimed is marketed as a blend of Firefly and The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. I understand why they chose this comparison, however I would argue it’s for fans of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, but with more intense space battles.

The Stars Now Unclaimed follows a soldier, Jane, as she travels across the universe in search of gifted children. Jane is a member of an organization that believes these children are the only things standing between the Pulse onc
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Alan
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Folks who like to suspend things (disbelief; judgment; protagonists over chasms...)
Recommended to Alan by: Cover quotes by the likes of Becky Chambers, and the author's opinion of Moby-Dick
On every world, there are always men with guns. Even the pulse couldn't change that.
—p.13
The "pulse" is... well, it's why all those stars are now unclaimed, in The Stars Now Unclaimed. The pulse is a wave of radiation (of some sort; at least, it acts like radiation) that—it says here—tore through the Galaxy about a hundred years before Drew Williams' debut novel begins, knocking every inhabited planet, moon and terraformed asteroid back down at least a rung or two on the technological ladder. Th
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Koeur
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Publishing Date: August 2018

Publisher: Tor

ISBN: 9781250186119

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.7/5

Publisher’s Description:Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages. Hot on her trail is the Pax–a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse. Now Jane, a handful of comra
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Glen
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

In the future, an incident caused all electrical technology to stop working. This enabled those that still had technology to take over. One of these factions, called The Pax is trying to take over the universe. The heroine, working for another faction, tries to stop them from taking over a low tech world, and rescues a young girl. They escape, find their way to a pirate system. The heroine reunites with a former lover, and things go from there.

Not bad space
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Viridian5
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is definitely a Your Mileage May Vary review. This was not the book I thought I'd be reading, and it's not one I would've chosen if I had known. With that in mind....

I heard "smugglers, spies, a telekinetic girl, and a snarky spaceship." What I got was a book that's about 90% war killings. Fighting and killing. Lots and lots of killing. It became wearying to me.

Sure, the hundreds of thousands of deaths are an enemy worse than our protagonists, most of them cannon fodder brainwashed slaves
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Jared Shurin
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is like if Destiny 2 and The Force Awakens had a love child?

Who was then taught how to play Resident Evil? By Firefly?!

Or, uh, all the serious parts of Simon Green's Deathstalker meet all the fun parts of Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice?

All of which, of course, does The Stars Now Unclaimed a disservice, as this book is a) very much its own thing and b) that thing is very, very, very good. This is the very definition of page-turning - an utterly bonkers SF adventure that free-falls from one ex
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Matthew Duffy
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Science Fiction can be tough to write while keeping grounded in a realistic setting, but this book delivered in spades. Some influences seem to be very obvious (Mass Effect, Star Trek etc), but the setting and story is different enough and uses these influences as a jumping off point to ensure that it is very much its own story.

The characters are all likeable and believable, their morals are not black and white and they all have positive and negative traits which makes
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Judy Lesley
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for a digital galley of this novel.

This book is so good for adults and it would be for middle school students and older except that there is so much profanity in it. And I do mean it is jam packed. That's a shame.

Yep, five stars for a space opera. There aren't a lot of new concepts in this story except for the pulse which is the backlash from something that was supposed to be good but hasn't turned out that way. Rescuing children exhibiting except
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Niki
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 solid (unclaimed) stars for this one.

The reasons why the book didn't get a full 5 stars from me were:
1. Esa was criminally underused, I was so looking forward to getting awesome telekinesis scenes from her; I have a soft spot for telekinesis, it's my favourite super power and the one I wish I had the most (that, and telepathy)
2. The fact that the plot consisted of fight scene after fight scene grew tiring after a while, plus...
3. ...How every single one of Jane's Batman Gambits paid off nicel
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Tammie
Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse.


This book is full of action and adventure. I feel like it depended far too much on action scenes, sort of like those big blockbuster movi
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Azrah
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own, arcs, adult-sff
**I was provided with an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Claimed to be for fans of Star Wars, Firefly, and The Expanse series this book was obviously going to grab my attention. After reading the premise I couldn’t grab the book sooner.

The Stars Now Unclaimed is set in the universe many years in the future when a phenomenon known as The Pulse, set out to create universal peace, accidentally destroyed next to all forms of technology and sent many civilisations back to the
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Tim Martin
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drew Williams's book, "The Stars Now Unclaimed," was a breath of fresh air. Everything about it was well done: character development, worldbuilding, pacing, narrative, and (perhaps most importantly) editing - all were spot on. I don't know if this near-perfect work was the result of the hard work of a dedicated team, raw talent, or a complete fluke, but Mr. Williams got everything right that Odyssey One got wrong, and it was so much the sweeter for it. The story is laid bare the same way the mai ...more
Rebecca
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book to review, I can say all the opinions are mine.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it was not an easy read overall. There were a few time in the first half where I was tempted to not finish but boy am I glad I carried on reading.

If you’re looking for a high octane sci fi with lots of thrilling battle scenes and easily relatable characters then this is the book for you.

There are bits that are slightly hard to get through, but these tended to be when the writer
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Luana
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
3.5
This was a fun scifi adventure right to the end, narratively fast paced, with concise chapters and lots of action/fight scenes but ones that also don't feel crammed in. It is set in a universe where a century ago, a weapon called the pulse misfired and as its waves of energy spread, technology was indiscriminately destabilised and often destroyed across worlds, leaving chaos and some pretty predatory opportunists in its wake. And in this current state, where technological inequality is a majo
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