Star-Crossed took me by surprise.
I didn’t read the plot when I picked this book up. I just saw that it was by Pintip Dunn and it has a captivating title and cover, so I caved in. I’m that easy. Really.
What I didn’t expect is the very interesting, and quite frankly, rather odd – in a good way – plot of the novel.
A good kind of weird
If anything, I am actually quite surprised at how much I ended up really liking Star-Crossed.
I expected a full-blown, in-your-face YA sci-fi romance novel, given the title and the cover of the book. But Star-Crossed showed me that it is more than just a YA romance. The creativity and unique plot gave me a little start. A good start. It was enough to get me invested to the story immediately.
Planet Dion is experiencing scarcity of food supply to the citizens. In order to supply the necessary nutrition that every citizen of the planet needs, the people were divided into the Eaters or the Aegis and the Non-Eaters or the colonists.
The Aegis were tasked to take food on a calorie limit or quote. Every calorie exceeding the limit of their daily meal intakes are transmitted out of their bodies and converted into nutrition pills. These pills are then distributed to the colonists in order to supply nutrients even without the need of real food.
Isn’t it brilliant?
Star-Crossed is set in a dystopian/utopian world outside the Earth years in the future. They live in a limited land, trapped inside a bubble. The world is a splash of technology and colors.
The world building wasn’t as flashy as other YA sci-fi that I have read before, but it was enough to give me a good look of the futuristic world that Pintip Dunn wants to illustrate. But if I may add, the descriptive words for food is utterly majestic. We love foods.
Focused mainly on choosing the Successor of the dying King passed his normal living years, the princesses and sisters Blanca and Vela are set to compete to be the next Ruler. They were both given separate tasks that directly involve the people of their colony.
Vela was tasked to choose the next Fittest colonist set to die for the king. To her horror, her best friend’s big brother and her childhood-long crush has volunteered to be a candidate in order to save his sister.
Are you in the in-love-with-my-best-friend’s-sibling-trope? Raise your hands!
More than the romance, what I really liked the most about this book is the portrayal of bond between the King and the Princesses – between a father and his daughters.
The last chapter of this book made me really emotional. Especially after reading Pintip Dunn’s acknowledgement.
It also has a good share of food for thoughts. A little predictable but good enough to give me enough moments to think and get confused along the way.
I also want to mention that the main protagonist is of Thai decent. Yes to more Asian reps in sci-fi set in Outer Space!
Star-Crossed is more of a story that depicts the bond between a father and daughter, rivalry between sisters, discovery of love and the things you do for love, and the process of making unimaginable decisions and sacrifices in order to become fit to rule and save your people.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review in participation for YA Bound Book Tours blog tour. This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book in this review in any way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.
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