Princess Vela’s people are starving.
Stranded on a planet that lacks food, Vela makes the ultimate sacrifice and becomes an Aegis for her people. Accepting a genetic modification that takes sixty years off her life, she can feed her colony via nutrition pills. But her best friend is still getting worse. And she’s not the only one.
Now the king is dying, too.
When the boy she’s had a crush on since childhood volunteers to give his life for her father’s, Vela realizes her people need more than pills to survive. As tensions rise between Aegis and colonists, secrets and sabotage begin to threaten the future of the colony itself.
Unless Vela is brave enough to save them all…
I have received an ebook copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher via YA Bound Book Tours. What is said here is my opinion and mine alone. There has been no compensation for this review.
When I read the blurb for Star-Crossed, I was expecting something strange. The kind of strange that could possibly make you laugh or question your reading choices. That said, I wasn’t expecting the amount of interest I had for the world Dunn crafted or the characters.
It is so hard to describe this book because, on one hand, it is strange. This is a world where a group of people is allowed to eat, but their calories are sucked out of them to make pills for the rest of the population. That is strange.
However, this book has a deeper meaning. A meaning that I never knew could encompass so many forms until I read this book. The meaning of sacrifice.
Sacrifice is a loaded word, usually associated with parents to their children or a religious movement. But, everywhere in this book, you can find an instance of sacrifice. This is a book about a population of people struggling and finding the beauty in the everyday sacrifice. This is a book about a young girl willing time and time again to sacrifice something of herself for others. This is a book where sacrifice holds a meaning greater than the ancient gods people worship.
This book is interesting, well written, and a book I would recommend others to read. It is a quick read and can pull the reader in almost instantly. I will be reading more of Pintip Dunn’s works.
Final Rating: 4/5
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.
Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.