Ignite the stars by Maura Milan
Series: Ignite the stars
Pages: 400 in Hardback
Published by Albert Whitman & Company
Release date: September 4th, 2018
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Adventure
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: ARC on NetGalley
To buy the book: CA • US • FR
Add to: Goodreads
Hey bookdragons! Remember when I told you I did not read sci-fi? Well, that was before. Before Terry Pratchett, The Illuminae files, Phobos, and now… Ignite the stars! And let me tell you the latest was just as good as the others! Let me tell you why you should get this book as soon as it comes out 😉
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.
A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.
Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?
Adrenaline rush in space
After only a few pages into this book, I was hooked. There is no break or slow time in this book, something is always happening. You can’t get bored reading it, you will just want more and more ’til the last page is turned!
The world building itself is pretty good too, even if I would have loved even more space description: there is a rich vocabulary, technological tools we can only dream ( or be afraid) of, spaceships, darkness…well everything you want to read in sci fi!
Ia Cocha, the new space hero?
Now for the characters! Ia Cocha is a great main character and her sidekicks are just as interesting! They are all a bit infuriating time to time, but it is with that you recognize good characters! Because they will make you feel with them! They just grow in depth with every page, becoming more and more complex with time. Ia reminded me of Kady and Hanna from the Illuminae series, not in a bad « copied » way but in a « bad ass character » way, and I loved it! There can never be enough good female characters in books!
Speaking of complexity, can we talk about how this book will turn your mind? There is no good or bad side here, only shades of grey. You think you have it right, you think you know who to trust and then… you discover that it is not as simple as just having the good ones fighting the bad guys. So in the end, who can you trust?
I will finally speak of another aspect I loved about this book: how relevant it is to what we are living right now with immigration issues and the way immigrants are treated. Diversity is there for sure, and, as sad as it is people can be racist, even in space! I really liked that the author, even in a faraway setting, was able to talk about very actual concerns.
So yes, this book will bring you thrills, emotions and much more! GO READ IT!
See you for a cup!