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Ignite the Stars

(Ignite the Stars #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,439 ratings  ·  429 reviews
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl.

A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Albert Whitman & Company
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julianna ➹
*sobs in asian*

this was EVERYTHING I expected and more. I love the cover so much, even the vague and general space nebula background behind the model.

Ignite the Stars was the manifestation of everything I’ve wanted in a sci-fi novel:
→ a badass Asian protagonist
→ a found family
→ a slow-burn-as-hell romance
→ subtle current-day political themes

Seriously, Ia is amazing and she knows it.

Also, why was this pitched as Throne of Glass in space? This has a similar premise, but the plot goes in a very di
Geek Furioso
"Think Throne of Glass set in space"

And just like that, you lost me. Have fun guys, I'm out of here.
Vicky Again
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I've been rendered speechless from this book. Because WOW.




So rarely do books that I hype up in my mind actually live up to the ridiculously high standards I make for them, but Ignite the Stars ignited an explosion and blew me all the way past the stars.

Literally. The notes section of my phone for this book looks like this:

So I was obviously very articulate the minute after reading it. BUT IT WAS JUST SO GOOD.

I mean, Ia, the Blood Wolf, the Asian (!!!) sev
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Characters were okay, but the writing was wayy too choppy, and I felt like a lot fo stuff didn’t make sense? + Annoying scifi cursing 😒 Totally shipped the romance though 😍

CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
The full review for Ignite the Stars can be found on my blog, The Quiet Pond.

Thoughtful, compelling, and filled with important and relevant themes.
Ignite the Stars may be one of the best science-fiction space operas I have read a in long while.

- Follows Ia, a criminal mastermind who is captured by her enemy, the Commonwealth, and is forced to work for them; Brinn, a biracial Tawny who wants nothing more than to hide her heritage and prove her patriotism to the Commonwealth; and Knives, a Commonw
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
This is the space adventure I’ve been waiting for! Strong female characters, friendships, slow burn romance and a lots of high stakes missions. YES.

Some of the plot threads took me to places I wished for more info on, but it’s only because I loved it and wanted more.
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I even start the review, I think I need to have a moment of cover appreciation. I mean, have you seen the cover? The colors? It's g o r g e o u s!! I swear I can't even articulate how much I love this beautiful colored cover. But okay, enough of that. Let's talk about the book. The book that was absolutely phenomenal.

Lately, it's probably not a trend and just me being behind, but I've been reading more and more books set in space and I'm loving it! This book was no exception, and the set
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)

This was super awesome! I admit that maybe it wasn't the most original of plots, but it was an old plot in a new setting that made it seem really fresh and interesting. And it was a fun plot, at any rate. I really liked it. And I TOTALLY get the comparisons to throne of glass because there were some similarities. But even if you didn't love tog, I still recommend this because even though there were some similar things about it, it was not....the same. And I will attempt to write this
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everyone in the universe knows the outlaw Ia Cocha and fears him. One thing they don't know is that Ia is actually a seventeen year old girl. In reality she is a top notch pilot and a criminal mastermind who has spent her entire life terrorizing the imperalist Commonwealth that destroyed her home. When Ia gets caught by the Commonwealth, they see the truth of her identity as an opportunity. They will force her to serve them and pr
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

An epic young adult science fiction adventure.
Ia is known throughout the galaxies as a rebel, a fighter, an avenger. When she is eventually caught, many are surprised she is a seventeen year old. This begins her new adventure fighting for her freedom, her life and now her friends.
She’s a loner finding her way. The best thing that happens is encountering Knives and Brina. Those two change her life.

Epic. Touching. A wonderful story.

I received a copy of this book
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Space books are difficult for me, mainly because I’m not that intelligent and so can’t really follow along with all the technical space talk, ya get me? But I’m so desperate to love that I keep trying and trying but...I just can’t. I absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles, but most other sci-fi books fall short for me.

Sadly, Ignite the Stars is no different.

It was okay, it really was. I liked Ia, our criminal mastermind extraordinaire, but there was just something missing.

(On a different note,
So many mixed feelings about this!

I picked this up mostly because I needed to fill the "book by an AOC set in or about space" challenge for Read Harder, but it had been a while since I'd read any YA sci-fi, and I figured it'd been long enough that I might enjoy myself. I do not believe I have ever *really* enjoyed a YA sci-fi novel. The length and subject matter limitations on YA really cut back on what I enjoy most about sci-fi, and that's detailed science and worldbuilding, and the more adult
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're a sci-fi fan and you love morally gray characters + team work, this book is for you. It has similarities with Sanctuary, Cinder, Aurora Rising and Skyward as I mentioned in my update. This book doesn't hold back and often talks about important topics like bullying and feeling out of place, trying to be someone you're not etc. It also has diverse and interesting characters, female friendships and amazing character development. I can't wait to dive into the sequel *u* This book reminded ...more
Natasha Ngan
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE YES. A diverse, empowering sci-fi that's at once super accessible and also full of deeper issues, Milan expertly weaving heart-pounding action scenes and swoony romance with real-world themes of imperialism and prejudice. The military-academy setting brings those perfect boarding-school vibes and every character sings off the page. Also, LOVE the realistic portrayal of female friendship, complete with all its problems and unique merits. Yay for bad-ass girls of all kinds!
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 27%

On paper, this book is everything I ever wanted in a YA sci-fi. Found family. LGBT rep. Diverse MC (mainly Ia, who is Asian). Political themes that tie in to the present day. That gorgeous cover.

And yet.

I couldn't suspend my disbelief long enough to work through to the rest of the story.

Merciless galactic criminal mastermind at 17? Okay, sure.

19-year-old Flight Instructor? Sure. Sure.

Scared immigrant who joins the military out of a misplaced patriotism? Okay, yeah.

Military Academy that
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Who knew that the great I. A. Cōcha would turn out to be a seventeen-year-old girl?” Ia sighed. “I did. I knew.”

And seriously how great is Ia?! I am speechless with how incredible Ia is and I can’t wait to get more of her, amongst other things.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Babyish. Clumsy. Everyone has a very strange moral compass (kind of 9 year oldish) and the writer has no clue how any social constructs, you know, like polities and the military, actually operate. She hasn’t thought everything through. Crappy space opera. Stupid world building. It’s one of those books where people drink “caffeine” instead of, you know, coffee or tea. And she has no idea how radiation poisoning from uranium works....I mean, why have uranium at all? It’s all kinda like that. Not t ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Even though initially I almost felt like this would be rated lower because the pacing and set-up felt a little clunky, I actually really ended up enjoying myself. It was a fun space adventure (that I could see as a film or tv series with more development)!
Cindy ✩☽♔
Feb 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
More space sci-fi plus an Asian protagonist? SOLD! Not a fan of the cover though so might just get the Kindle edition.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars


a hasty mini-review (may expand on later):

A brilliant and engrossing space opera, complete with action and romance and politics. Milan does an excellent job fleshing out the three character povs and how their differing political perspectives lead to a rich and complicated relationship between the characters. The character development we see especially in Ia and Brinn was wonderful to see, as we also see a slow friendship build between them. The book concludes w
Recently I was riding a space opera high that started with Maria Snyder's Navigating the Stars and needed all the talented-angsty-teen-having-a-spaceship-romance-while-solving-a-mystery plots I could find. I'm thrilled the binge brought me here. Riding that high encouraged me to stick with the book, and for that I'm grateful because Ignite the Stars did not suck me in on page one. It was closer to 20% before we were really feeling it. And now? Can't wait for book two!

While there are definitely a
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
You can also read this review on my blog!

Guys! This book! 😍 The synopsis immediately grabbed my attention; the cover reveal (Asian model!) made me yearn for this book! So when I saw it on NetGalley, I ignored my looming (physical) TBR and requested the book! It was such a pleasant surprise to know I’d been approved.

Thank you, Albert Whitman & Company, for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

I’ve been looking for a book to appease by craving for more sci-fi adventure a
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, owned, 2019, sci-fi
“It’s better to have you in here working for us instead of out there making alliances with someone worse.”

Ia os feared by many in the Empire, until she is captured and forced into service to the military academy. Desperate to make an escape, she learns that having and being the enemy is not so clear cut while spending time with them.

“War was an awful thing. It left an impression on her cells, soured the blood flowing through her veins, leaving a rotten stench inside her that only she could s
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is the embodiment of why I consume fiction.

reread 1

yes still perfect still crying over brinn’s haircut and the absolute glorious positive female friendships
Kat (from Minas Morgul)
Can we please appreciate the cover first? Because not only do I really like it colour-wise, but there is a POC on the cover. All the thumbs up for that.
But now, let’s get to the story. Even though I needed quite a long time to get into it, I just read 3/4 of the book in one sitting because… wow. What took me so long in the beginning was that the story is told in three POVs and that each chapter is another character. That made it hard for me to get really into that character in the beginning. But
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ignite the Stars is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure with strong female characters. If you can suspend disbelief to get past the idea that a 17-year-old girl has been the most wanted criminal/rebel in the universe for several years, then this book is a fun ride, with a side of social commentary on immigrants and refugees. It's a strong and very bingeable debut.

Ia Cocha is a "criminal mastermind" and talented pilot who has been hiding both her identity and her compassionate heart. When she allows he
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Stellar Debut!

Ia is the scourge of the All Black. The Sovereign of Dead Space. Rogue of the Fringe Planets. Blood Wolf of the Skies.

And she's only seventeen.

But he rampage all comes crashing to a halt when the Olympus Commonwealth's army finally catches up to her. They apprehend her, but instead of throwing her into prison for life, they take a gamble, thinking they can use her youth and skills to help in their fight. So instead of a prison colony, they send Ia to Aphelion, a top-secret train
Jennifer H.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
10% in and I knew I was hooked! That doesn't happen near as often as I would like. I'll be the first to say that I am not a big sci-fi YA fan. I can probably count on one hand how many YA sci-fi books I have read and actually enjoyed it. Not my favorite genre, BUT Ignite the Stars is certainly and most definitely the exception and I am so happy that I took the chance. The basic plot honestly reminded me of Divergent in the beginning - a girl is sent to a training "facility" and eventually falls ...more
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Maura Milan currently resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found hanging out in cafes and drinking matcha lattes. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean dramas and hanging out with her schipperke, Thor, who she believes should become a professional comedian.

To this day, Gilbert Blythe is her ultimate boy crush.

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