“You are Talia Starchaser. You fear nothing. You own the stars and the planets and the galaxies.”
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. 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. 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.
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3 / 5
Our Dark Stars was a bit of a gamble for me. It isn’t immediately right up my reading alley: the cover features a woman in a pretty dress floating in space, the synopsis tells me her name is Princess Talia Starchaser, to the heavily hinted at ‘forbidden’ romance. But I gave it a shot (mostly because I’m an absolute sucker for the phrase ‘ragtag crew’) and it was definitely a fun read.
sometimes, you must reach up and align the stars in your favour
Princess Talia Starchaser has everything she could ever need or want. Until her eighteenth birthday when she is forced to betray her best friend, a mock (mocks are like robots), which leads to events which result in the death of her family, the subjugation of humans, and Talia floating through space for a hundred years. She is awoken when her ship is discovered by half-human, half-mock “starship” Captain Will Perrault, and then chased across the galaxy because of her past and her heritage.
Our Dark Stars has some interesting dynamics. In Talia’s time, human are aided and served by mocks. When she awakes, humans are those who are subjugated, viewed as lesser by the dominant mock population because of their physical limitations and weaknesses. Talia doesn’t just go from being a rich, spoiled princess to someone living in fear and poverty, she has to navigate this change in a world totally different to the one she knows.
Talia Starchaser thought being sold to a prince on her eighteenth birthday was a terrible present
Will and Talia get their own chapters, which I liked. They both have such different viewpoints: Will, tired and weary, trying to keep his ragtag crew together and to solve their problems of too little money and no status; Talia, naïve and ignorant, afraid and uncertain, without any knowledge of how to navigate this new world and dependent on a half-mock man that she doesn’t trust.
Our Dark Stars is a tale of a princess and an intergalactic war. It was a light, fun read, but focused too much on the romance and too little on properly building up fully-fleshed out characters with motivations that make sense (particularly with respect to the crew of the Odysseus) to captivate me.
My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of Our Dark Stars