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Stars Beyond

(Stars Uncharted #2)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The crew of Another Road are back, closer than ever to the biggest score in the galaxy. . . if they can stay a step ahead of the Justice Department agents and Company men tracking them.

An engineer with a fondness for weapons. A captain with no memory. An obsessive genemodder who loves to tinker. Meet the crew of Another Road.

Josune, Roystan, and Nika have escaped the compa
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Ace
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Buddy Read with my lovely MacHalo’s 😘

That was so damn good!! I love these characters! And I love how it’s left open to more books.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
👩🏽‍🚀 We Lurves Space and Stuff Buddy Read (WLSaSBR™) with the MacHalos and stuff 👩🏽‍🚀

Actual rating: 5.8648966589 stars. More or less

I may have started 2021 with two Super Extra Crappy Reads (SECR™), but at least I ended 2020 with one of the Mostest Scrumptioussest Books of the Year (MSBotY™), so go me and stuff!

This book. THIS BOOK! So much titillating deliciousness to be had! Lusciously Luscious Addition (LLA™) coming right up!

Harem-eligible cast of characters (the whole bunch of them, yes) +
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Dave
Stars Beyond is the sequel to Stars Uncharted, a so-called space opera, which means a story about people takes place on spaceships. Stars Beyond is at its best when it delves into action sequences be they space battles or stealth sneak attacks.

One of the central parts to the Stars universe are "body modders," a term not fully explained, but includes all types of body modification from healing to facechanging. A great body modder can alter a subject so that the subject appears to be a different
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Lindsay
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Continuing the story of Nika Rik Terri, a legendary body-modder, her apprentice Bertram Snowshoe and the other members of the crew of Another Road including Josune Arriola (a main character in the previous book, but mostly a side character in this one). Human-settled space is a corporate plutocracy where the Justice department is completely corrupt and indentured servitude is essentially legal. In this edition we get another perspective, that of former Justice department agent Alistair Laughton ...more
Lata
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun sequel. S.K. Dunstall are auto-read authors for me after I fell in love with their “Linesman” series.
Here, the crew has a new ship, which Josune has bristling with weapons, because, well, it’s Josune. And Roystan’s health is degrading, so Nika Rik Teri, body modder extraordinaire, is on the hunt for a top-of-the-line modding machine to help him. And to get it, she’s got to stay under the radar of a, let’s just tell it like it is, totally evil corporate head who will go through any
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
I really liked the characters in this book, both old and new. I liked the story but didn’t love it and know these authors are capable of more. I thought it was too fraught with crises and not enough plot. I wanted more ‘story’ and think book 2 in a series should deliver it, not more of the same from book 1.
Tammie
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
An engineer with a fondness for weapons. A captain with no memory. An obsessive genemodder who loves to tinker. Meet the crew of Another Road.

Josune, Roystan, and Nika have escaped the company thugs trying to kill them. They've gotten a new spaceship to replace The Road (after it was blown up underneath them). And their new ship is armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, courtesy of Josune. All that's left to do before they head out to find the legendary lode of transurides is to restore Roys
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Debrac2014
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good sequel! I enjoyed it! It picks up with the crew on the run from the Justice Dept and Wickmore!
Kara Babcock
Turns out I remembered almost nothing of Stars Uncharted , the first book in this series (duology?). As I began Stars Beyond, very little of the overall story came back to me. I contemplated re-reading Stars Unchartd, but by that point I was 50 pages in and felt committed. Fortunately, as I forged onwards, the plot of this volume cohered into something pretty easy to follow. Or should I say … plots? Because, upon re-reading my review of the first book, it turns out my criticisms apply largely ...more
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
MacHalo Buddy Read

What a crazy, fun ride this was! The action was strong with this one. This was possibly slightly better than the first one. I was a bit disappointed in the atmosphere in the end. A large portion of the story was strung tight, and then in the end it felt like a balloon deflating. I know that's how endings generally go. The dust settles and it's a HEA. I was hoping for something like (view spoiler)

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Kat  Hooper
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5
Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com.
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Suz
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, space_opera, 2020
I had trouble remaining engaged with this one. I can't say if it was the book, the new characters in addition to the plethora of old, or if it was just me and where I am at right now.

Either is possible.
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Smart Bookaholics Inc Bookstore
I was worried at first because I hadn't read book 1, but after a bit of getting into it I realized this was a great story! I'm actually anxious to read book 1! Slow start but after that the action began!
Thank you Berkley Publishing for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
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Claudia
3,5 stars. I’m having a lot of fun with my sci-fi series this year. Cannot wait for the next book 🪐
Riley
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
If you like your fiction to be character-driven, you have come to the right place. Stars Beyond is full of great characters that, individually have potentially great stories. Together, the intermeshed greatness is vivid and glowing. Even the chapters are named after the character who’s point of view is exposed in the chapter. So to review this book, I will review a few characters. Warning, there may be spoilers if you have not read Stars Uncharted.

Hammond Roystan – the quiet hero with the myster
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Snowleesi
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, sci-fi
This series is like “Firefly” - an amazing space opera that no one watched when it was on. Not enough people are reading THIS amazing space opera. If you’re missing “Firefly” - pick this up. The cast of space-faring misfits is just as endearing, their capers just as entertaining. You’ll love it and you'll read Dunstall’s “Linesman” series next. I guarantee. ...more
Jennifer
So good to read a real sf series. They seem few and far between at the moment. I enjoyed this addition to the story.
Chelle
I did like the first book in this series but was struggling to engage with this one and many of its characters (2020-itis?) ... perhaps I left too big a gap between the two books.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
As I read this just kept getting better and better. Josune, Roystan, and Nika as well as the other characters kept the action going and the plot thickening. I loved the first book and Stars Beyond lived up to my expectations. S.K. Dunstall is on a roll with first the Linesman books and now the Stars Uncharted. This could be the last book in this series but I am hoping for one more. I love the crew and would love to see how they carry on after all the danger and tension in this book.
Thomas
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dunstall, S. K. Stars Beyond. Stars Uncharted No. 2. Ace, 2020.
This sequel to Stars Uncharted piles on the plot and character complexity as we now have two centers of action, two separate villains, some aliens, a treasure hunt for the elements that make extensive body modding and body swapping possible. All this means you had better have recently read Uncharted if you hope to make sense of it, and even then, it is easy to lose some of the threads. The characters are well drawn, and the action is
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
 

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
 
4.5 hearts

This Stars Uncharted series should be read in order.  I really enjoy this author and the first book in the series, also Stars Uncharted was excellent and harrowing.  I have been reading several different science fiction / space opera type series where there are corporate groups running things and they are g
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Henry Lazarus
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
S. K. Dunstall has a fun melodrama in the far future where people can be put into slave contracts and corporations run most planets. The corrupt Justice department provides the police for those worlds. Stars Uncharted and Stars Beyond (both paper from Ace) together. Nika Rik Terri is a famous body modification artist who, whose accidental discovery of a way to temporarily take over another person’s body, got an assassin to use her body to murder someone. On the run, she ends up on the Hassim, wh ...more
Wendy
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with the the first book, Stars Uncharted, and the world building, and eagerly dove into Stars Beyond, which takes us deeper into the world sister-writing team S.K. Dunstall has created. The reader steps right back into the lives of the Another Road crew, who have barely escaped with their lives in the previous novel. In a new and better armed spaceship, the crew is still on the run from the corrupt Department of Justice agents and the company men tracking them. Captain Roystan's m ...more
Chris
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the tone of this one slightly better than the first, as the domestic violence subplot made Stars Uncharted darker than it would otherwise have been. Also, there's a lot less graphic violence in this one.

On the less good side, I remember the first book feeling more like an ensemble story than this one does. The main characters here are very much Nika and Alistair, with Josune as maybe an almost main character. Everyone else is very definitely just a support character. Or unconscious for m
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Mark Parnell
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been anxiously awaiting this book and it did not disappoint. Stars Beyond picks up where Stars Uncharted left off with our rag tag group from Another Road on the run from the Justice Department, the evil Captain Norris and his ship of mercenaries and the nefarious Leonard Wickmore. All chasing the mysterious mother lode of treasure. If you are fan on Space Opera then this series is for you: evil corporations, check, hero’s with secrets, check, introduction to an alien race, check, overall ...more
Mercurybard
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cam
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me want to re-read the original to understand the relationships better, but another fun outing for the characters in this ultra-corporate dystopian human interstellar civilization. Gene modding, rare metals, corporate crimes against humanity, assassins, rivals, mercenaries, survivors, mining colonists, first contact, deadly plagues. Whew, this one has it all & kept my attention again. Good action, humor, & character growth. Most likely for fans of "A Small, Angry Planet" or tv's "Firefly." ...more
Johanna
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuation of the rollicking space opera in Stars Uncharted. All our friends are back but now facing two new evil men, one with the Company who wants Rika Nik Terri’s body exchanger, and the other captain of a ship of indentured contractors (who would never be able to buy out their contracts). The latter wants Snow, one of Roystan’s new crew members, returned so he can be punished for escaping. Much about body modding and the intricacies of space flight and the scramble for weapons. I really l ...more
Keizen Li Qian
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrill and novelty have worn off in this sequel to Stars Uncharted. Dunstall's light political worldbuilding and heavy deus ex machina seals this tale as more classic space opera than the social justice savvy creations they have spun before. Still, the badass characters and stylish social dynamics make it an indulgent read. ...more
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