Title: Our Dark Stars
Author(s): Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade
Pub. Date: March 6, 2018
While she sleeps, the whole universe changes. Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids. One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces. Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.
This will be a spoiler free review!
I bought this book due to its gorgeous cover…and the fact that it sounds exactly like something I’d read – sleeping beauty in space. Sign me up!
I’ll be honest, there was a point I nearly DNF’d the book because I didn’t understand exactly what was going on, and it frustrated me. I didn’t really understand the different classifications/slang for humans and androids. Maybe my reading comprehension was way off that day, but I really did think about putting it down and declaring it not for me.
So happy that I was wrong and pushed through. I was definitely more interested in Will’s POV and timeline and was super happy when the past and the present caught up and merged together. If you want an enemies to friends to lovers and a slow burn, you definitely want to check this book out. The chemistry between Talia and Will is perfect. They oscillate between hating each other and having undeniable attraction for each other. It’s fantastic and you get to this point you just want to smash their faces together and say “kiss already!”
Will is everything that Talia doesn’t understand and shouldn’t want. She’s a Starchaser, a direct descendant of the first humans to colonize space. She’s royalty and expects to be treated as such. Will was once human, and due to tragic circumstances becomes half Android (mock). Talia reminds him of his past, his traumas and yet, he can’t quite get her out of his head. This of course causes all sorts of problems between them and when Will finds out the truth about who she is, he jumps at the chance to win his life back. Or course everything doesn’t go according to plan and feelings erupt along the way. Both Will and Talia have to face their pasts, overcome so much before they can be happy.
This book is basically everything I want in a space(ship) sci-fi book…and kind of everything Zenith (by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings) could and should’ve been. I really wish it wasn’t a stand-alone novel, there’s definitely room for another book in this world and I’d be down to read it.
If you’re looking for a fast paced, quick read about a world full of humans and androids and an unique take on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, you definitely want to check this out!