Title: Fate of the Stars
Author: Arwen Paris
Publisher: Legendary Prose
Publication Date: September 1, 2017
Page Count: 250
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Allison knows one thing…
Senior year will be different.
But an alien invasion turns her dreams of the future into a nightmare for survival.
When the fate of the world rests upon you…
Allison Delaney wants to spend her senior year healing from the loss of her father, to leave the shadows of his death and her junior year break-down behind. A Labor Day beach party seems like a good place to start…but there’s more danger lurking than anyone could imagine. Death is coming to Earth if the pods of infectious creatures aren’t stopped. But only one human can help…
To live or die is no longer a choice.
Eenoki is a protector of life but must have a sentient host to fight the invasion. A teenage girl would not be the best choice, but out of desperation Eenoki invades Allison’s mind and body, granting her unnatural abilities and strengths – and helping her escape certain death when the first wave of ships land.
As destruction rains down on Earth’s population, Allison realizes to save everyone, she must make the ultimate choice: Reject her human side and bond with Eenoki to become the Earth’s Priestess – or be killed along with the rest of humanity.
Fate of the Stars by Arwen Paris is a fast paced young adult science fiction fantasy. The story is that of one teenage girl that end ups in the middle of an alien invasion and tasked with saving the world.
Allison Delaney was attending a bonfire party at the beach but feeling a bit left out when she walked away from the crowd only to awaken the next morning to find everyone else gone. Not believing no one would miss her or have looked for her she heads home only to receive news that her mother is ill and just having lost her father this is a rather big shock.
But before Allison can digest the news aliens invade the planet and chaos breaks out as many humans begin to die. Allison’s weird sense of something having happened to her only increases as she finds herself communication with Eenoki who seems to have inhabited Allison giving her extra powers. Eenoki’s presence gives Allison an insight to the aliens and she finds herself caught up in the war.
Fate of the Stars is one of those books that I pick up and cringe a bit when I see a list of characters and alien species inside the book. For me this means that the story is usually one that is complex and hard to follow if we need a separate listing to refer to. Really my guess isn’t far off as the story does get pretty complex with the warring aliens.
The story is one that would probably make an awesome action movie as it jumps almost immediately into the huge scene of aliens everywhere leaving destruction in their path. My complaint though would really resort back to the previously mentioned lists in the fact that the fast pace seemed to overpower world and character building with the author slipping in the contact with Eenoki to allow Allison to suddenly know all about what was going on. I, however, wanted more explanation and a bit of build up to the events that you normally find in books as opposed to movies. In the end though it was a decent story that I wish had just gone a bit deeper in the details to match the pace of the action.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Arwen Paris is the author of young adult fiction. Her debut YA Sci-fi Urban Fantasy novel FATE OF THE STARS released September 1, 2017. The second book in the Fate of the Stars series RIVAL is coming in 2018. The actions packed pages of her novels are filled with characters that are forced to face fears they never expected. When she’s not writing, you can see posts of her (too many) vacations that keep her sane. Arwen lives in Washington, has a big crazy family & after the day job, she writes Fiction For the Fearless – #F3Fanatic