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Local Star is a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s sure to punch you in the feels. It follows guttergirl Triz as she saves her hub from invaders from the Cyberbionautic Alliance, all the while negotiating her rekindled romance with Kalo, her ex who's returned from battle and won't stop hanging around the wrenchworks. ...more
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published April 5th 2021 by Interstellar Flight Press
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Jude in the Stars
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5⭐️ – This was a fun and quick read. The plot is pretty basic. On a three-day leave after a huge victory in the war against the Cyberbionautic Alliance, Casne is planning to celebrate with her best friend and partner Triz. Yet, instead of being honoured as the hero she is, Casne is accused of war crimes, with evidence Triz and Kalo – another Fleet pilot, Triz’s ex and Casne’s sometimes – are convinced is fake.

Even though Local Star is a novella, the worldbuilding is rather extensive and it onl
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DivaDiane
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley-arc
3.75 stars. It started out slow, I wasn’t sure I liked the main character, but then the pace picked up and there were some truly beautiful lines. I’m not sure I understand what went wrong with Kalo and Triz or what the problem was or then how they fixed it, but it was obvious they would. The intrigue was good and the conflict surrounding the CeeBees and body mods in general was interesting and given just enough depth.
Charlotte (Books and Bouquets)
Massive thank you to Interstellar Flight Press and Netgalley for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Local star is a polyamorous space opera which follows Triz, a guttergirl (spaceship handywoman), her friend Casne and her ex Kalo. When Casne is accused of war crimes, Triz with the help of her ex, Kalo, must do everything she can in an attempt to save her, whilst also saving their Hab which comes under attack from the notorious Cyberbionautic Alliance (ceebees).

I picked
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Gabriella
I liked the concept of this novella and I enjoyed all the characters. I loved how practically every character is queer and polyamory is completely normalized in this world. Unfortunately, this novella kind of dragged for me because it’s so jargon-heavy without much in-story explanation, and I was constantly confused about what things were (though that might just be me, as I don’t read much sci-fi). While there is a glossary at the end of the book, I think that my rating would have been higher if ...more
Kaa
There is the start of a fun story here, but I think the length was too short to fully capture all of the elements the author was trying to include - family relationships, romantic relationships, an investigation, and some action sequences, plus all the world building. There was so much going on that no single aspect got the attention it needed, so it was hard to feel as connected or deeply invested as I would have liked. I also felt that many aspects were uneven or inconsistent over the course o ...more
Althea
This is my first book by Aimee Ogden and it certainly won't be my last! Local Star follows Triz who, at the start of the novella, is witness to her partner being dragged off by justice officials to stand trial for war crimes, but her partner is adamant that she didn't commit these crimes. What intrigued me about this book was the fact that it's sci-fi that focusses around a polyamorous triad and, although I don't read a lot of sci-fi, I was definitely not disappointed! Triz grew up having nothin ...more
Andy
Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I loved this little space opera novella so much!! Triz is a guttergirl who lives in the wrenchworks. When her partner, Casne, comes back from a victorious battle, she thinks things are looking up. Then invaders attack the hub and Casne is framed for committing treason. Triz doesn't know what to do and the only person willing to help her is Kalo, her ex.

This was so much freaking fun! I enjoyed every secon
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Heron
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Using the phrase “polyamorous space opera” and hinting at cyborg-adjacent stuff in the synopsis may as well be a magic phrase to summon me instantly. Local Star by Aimee Ogden gives us a familiar plot with a few fresh takes, particularly the diversity, and as a fan of queer space opera, it was like a well-done comfort meal: not particularly surprising, but still incredibly delicious.

This novella follows mechanic Triz, whose partner Casne comes back from the space battlefront as a war hero; almos
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Laure
Aug 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
That’s in exchange of an honest review that I received an ARC of "Local Star" by Aimee Ogden from Interstellar Flight Press (via NetGalley).
So, here it is !!!

My rating : 1⭐️

Despite me not being into YA, I chose to give a try to "Local Star" because, from time to time, I like a good space opera story (I'm quite found of Star Trek and other series like that) … I also love to discover new(-to-me) authors and I love diversity in the rainbow spectrum...
Since "Local Star" has been tagged on Netgall
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Bob/Sally
Local Star was a decent read, but one that takes too long to get going and tries to do too much for such a short novella. I loved what Aimee Ogden did with queer, polyamorous relationships, even if the focal romance is hetero. The characters never have time to develop, though, making it hard to care about their struggles.

The sci-fi aspects, however, are where the story suffered most for me. There's a lot of introductory world-building that's never really explored, and the space opera potential i
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Rhys
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway by the publisher.

Probably more like 3.5 stars? Rounded up.

Local Star is a fun sci fi action/romance novella that I just generally enjoyed reading. The action and plot is fast-paced and entertaining and the world-building is impressively vast and interesting. I feel that the middle part got to be a bit rough to get through - not a lot happening, lots of repetition of how (understandably, but still redundantly) upset Triz is about her partner, Casne, being a
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Laura (crofteereader)
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - rounded up for casual queernormativity AND the normalization of polyamory in a functional, practical, and totally believable way.

I feel like we didn't get quite enough of the events surrounding our main plot. It felt kind of like a bigger problem appeared out of nowhere that just happened to align with what our characters were already doing. I also wanted quite a bit more of Triz confronting her anti-mod prejudice - it comes up like twice with Triz getting shot down for it but not re
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Moon
I wish I would have liked this one much more than I did. In the end, it didn't work for me.

I found that either the scope or the tone wasn't attuned to my liking. The first chapters envisioned a novel in which there was a lot to unravel (extended family relationships anxiety in polyamory partnerships, space opera setting, a breakup and the echoes of the earthquake it provided, a great cast of diverse characters, some class struggles), but Aimee Ogden decided to tunnel vision to a love triangle,
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Sapphic Bookshelf
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Thank you Netgalley and Interstellar Flight Press for an ARC of this book!

Local star is a fast-paced space opera / romantic comedy with a lot of action and a strong worldbuilding.

In this book we are very quickly introduced to a complex universe with its own history, rules and traditions. In my opinion, the worldbuildingis too fast and aggressive. We are so quickly introduced to so many unknown words and concepts that it is easy to get lost in them in the first few pages. In my case, it took me a
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Lewis
Local Star by Aimee Ogden is a wonderful space opera Sci-Fi novel published by Interstellar Flight Press (thank you to them and NetGalley for the ARC!) with gallons of intrigue, sci-fi antics and queerness. The representation is just as fantastic as the fast-paced and joyfully convoluted narrative.
The story primarily follows Triz who is a guttergirl (read: a space-mechanic, of sorts) as she is swept into a scandalous and highly volatile plot. She has a girlfriend named Casne and rekindles her re
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Vanessa
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This review is based on a review copy given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


The Confederated Fleet has returned victorious from war, and all Triz wants is to join in the celebration—and especially to spend time with her war hero girlfriend, Casne. What Triz definitely does not want is to be stuck working late in the wrenchworks repairing her ex-boyfriend’s fighter craft—her ex-boyfriend Kalo, who is also a war hero and cocky as hell. But when Triz finally does
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Chloe
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fantastic, fast-paced, space romp with wonderfully written queer characters. As a polyamorous person, this is the first time I've really seen that kind of representation anywhere and I felt so seen! A fun, quick read. ...more
Nikita Afsar
Thanks to Netgalley and Interstellar Flight Press for gifting me an eARC of this book!

I wish I liked this book more than I did. The beginning was quite slow and at some points, it did start to pick up but overall this book wasn't really for me.

Before going into this book, I read the synopsis and was promised a polyamorous space opera and I sort of got that? Sure there were mentions here and there but not nearly as much as I expected from a book marketed as polyamorous. I just wanted more of it.
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Leticia
Aug 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads, lgbt
Three of my favorite sentences in this book were:

"Good almost-morning. Good I-survived-flight-academy-and-I-still-don't-think-people-should-be-up-this-early-o'clock."

"He was half man and half precarious quantum state teetering on the edge of collapse."

And:

"There would be time to work over the engine of that relationship. And to consign it to the recycler if necessary, too."

I liked the polyamory relationships even if they weren't as fleshed out as I wished, but then multi-partner relationships is
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Miriasha
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Interstellar Flight Press for the ARC!

This was a super fun read! It felt like watching a movie but in a book - while I'm honestly not usually a movie person, this time I appreciated that. In the beginning of the book I couldn't quite figure out who was who (and what everyone's relationships to each other were) or what the structure of the society and the Hab looked like, but as I kept going I eventually figured it out (which is similar to my experience watching movies). T
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Charles
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A wonderful read. The interpersonal drama matches nicely with the big conspiracy and action. The setting is well and quickly built, the characters interesting and fun, and the romantic elements are great, too.
kelsey
I REALLY LIKED THIS ACTUALLY . i love novellas i love space i love polyamory...... right up my alley!!! triz was a bit annoying w her adversity to mods like lets be a little open minded luv.... but its ok she worked her shit out! also a message for kalo: i love u please be MY boyfriend instead 😚
Amanda
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
A “big queer happy space romp”

So lovely to see polyamory and queer love and more-than-two-partner family units depicted as the norm, and of course layered on top of that is just plain fun science fiction. Wish it were a fully-fleshed novel. Left me wanting more.
Misse Jones
Aimee Ogden’s novella, Local Star is many things. It is science fiction meets fantasy meets romance meets polyamory and is fairly well done. It is a relatively quick read that follows Triz Cierrond who was once a gutter girl who now works to save more than just spacecraft in their Hab. After an unsuccessful relationship with Kalo, Triz has moved on and found herself in a triad with characters Casne and Nantha who are already married. When Casne is accused of war crimes and the Hab comes under at ...more
Paris Cunningham
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, lgbtq, dnf
ARC

I did struggle to finish this book, I only managed to get 50% in, however I believe that was my fault in terms of my current life and lack of adoration for high sci-fi's. I absolutely never wanted to DNF an ARC since the author has incredibly let me read it without cost, but I believe honest reviews are more useful than avoiding this review, or taking a year to finish when they no longer need ARC readers. However, with that being said, there are still many amazing things about this read. The
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Brent
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This review is based on an ARC from NetGalley

This book was an interesting queer take on the space/sci-fi genre.  The protagonist is a queer mechanic girl, which is a refreshing change for this kind of story.  The main strength of this story is the rich universe of different space factions, polyamorous family units, and social/political issues that were woven together to paint picture of how the people in this universe live their lives in space.

The main weak points are the characters and their in
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Lauren loves llamas
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As with most of my book choices lately, I picked this up solely based on the cover. It’s an enjoyable and quickly-paced scifi romance novella.

After a decisive win against the Cyberbionautic Alliance, Triz is excited to go party with her newly-returned-from-the-war partner Casne – after she finishes up taking a look at her fighter pilot ex’s seriously smashed up ship. It doesn’t help that Kalo seems more interested in hanging
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Graculus
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, lgbt
Local Star was one of those books I'd seen mentioned somewhere (probably on Twitter) and sounded like it might be something I'd like, so when it was available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance of picking it up. Yes, I am a poor bookworm and trying not to actually buy books, so both Netgalley and the local library's click-and-collect service are currently doing me proud.

Anyway, on to the book itself. This is basic nuts and bolts science fiction, set in the middle of a war with people who are in
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moony ☽
Local Star by Aimee Ogden presents itself as a wonderful and unique space opera with a polyamorous representation. The plot is actually quite interesting, with a complex construction of the world in which it is set, and the characters are all peculiar and well diversified - not only the main ones, but the surrounding characters are well written as well. Overall, I enjoyed the reading quite a lot, but I admit I had some difficulties in settling into the story, and I got lost several times in the ...more
Téa Belog
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2021
thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review! this has not affected my review in any way, all opinions are mine.
2.5/5

local star is an interesting and quick sci fi novella that is begging to be made into a longer book— or even a series.

i wanted to like this book so much more than i actually did. i really struggled at the beginning to understand what was going on with all the terminology, and even was unclear with some of the words a
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