Sunday, April 23, 2023

The Blighted Stars by Megan E. O'Keefe


This book was absolutely wonderful! It was just what I wanted and I can’t wait for the next one. I had never read anything by Megan E. O’Keefe before, but I had heard good things about Velocity Weapon (and I found it on my virtual TBR pile, purchased when it was on sale ages ago). 

I had been longing for a good space opera. I love fantasy, but I love science fiction more, and my reading has been tilting more fantasy lately and I had been yearning for something with spaceships or robots. This book has both! (Well, the robot content is minimal but still enjoyable). 

The book is set in a future where several rich families control the resources necessary to run civilization and a mineral is needed to help back up people’s brains so they can be downloaded into new bodies that are printed as needed from large biological 3-D printers. 

The blurb on the back of the book promised the possibility of an opposites attract romance between the son of an oligarch and the family bodyguard who rebelled and tried to take down the unfair society. When I started reading the book, I really enjoyed the worldbuilding, but I was like “no way, this romance will never work.”  I also hadn’t realized how long the book was when I first got it. In the beginning I was like “this is going to be a slog, why can’t this speed up?”  

But I was wrong on both counts. The length of the book gave it time to grow, and by the time the romance began, it felt real and earned. Bravo!

This book was so good! Thanks to Orbit and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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