Book Review – From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

A Mix of Starman and The Host… sweet and sci-fi

From a Distant Star Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Science Fiction

No. of pages: 272

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—believed that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true. 

Page border by Casey Carlisle

Cute. Easy summer read. A romantic science fiction story.

Some parts of ‘From a Distant Star’ are a little cliché, but it worked. Other parts I had issue with, like the parental attitude – it didn’t ring true, I’m sure the author could have come up with a different reason for their behaviour that added authenticity to the story line.

Emma was intelligent and gutsy and I liked the strength in her resolve because it didn’t depend on being sassy or violent or having amazing ninja skills. She cared. Plain and simple. It was nice to read about a female character that was, well, feminine.

Lucas I didn’t like as much… well, the new and improved Lucas – although lovely, also lacked realism. I felt he could have been more nuanced and conflicted. His development came too easy, too convenient: all of which was just short of eye rolling.

At its core, ‘From a Distant Star’ is a beautiful tale which is a fast paced, easy read. I managed to digest this in a single sitting. I will say that it is no literary masterpiece. It’s not that original, and the plot easily predicted. Many will find this story generic, but I felt its heart shone through.

Better suited to a younger audience, and although classified as science fiction, do not expect a lot of it. I liken it to a very watered-down version of ‘The Host’ by Stephenie Meyer, but with way less action and sci-fi. Categorised for my guilty pleasure shelf; something I’d recommend to keep the reading mojo going in-between much larger intricate reads.

Overall feeling: A wondrous warm hug from the stars

From a Distant Star Book Review Pic 02 by Casey Carlisle

From a Distant Star Book Review Pic 04 by Casey Carlisle

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