Review: A Conspiracy of Stars – Olivia A. Cole

I don’ t know why but lately I have been craving nothing more in my book picks than good old science fiction.

Because of this recent attraction to the sci-fi genre I have been reading quite a few of the books that have been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time, which is the case for A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole.

Did A Conspiracy of Stars kick my need for science-fiction into overdrive? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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34848207A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 2, 2018)

Print Length: 432 pages

Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

The Review

A Conspiracy of Stars is a YA Avatar that shows what could befall the human race should we chose not to change.

The novel follows the story of sixteen-year-old Octavia as she tries to come to terms with finding out that life on N’Terra is not what the council has made it up to be. Full of mystery and political intrigue, Octavia, along with Rondo and Alma, must decide between doing what is right and what is easy.

Cole has created quite a world for herself to explore with the planet of Faloiv. With rich descriptions of the planet, as well as N’Terra, the colony structures that make up the labs and residential area, Cole has found a balance between presenting a fantasy world while eluding to the real life ideal of colonial invasion. With this in mind it is then no surprise that the council on N’Terra and the Faloii, the indigenous species of Faloiv, are in the midst of a power struggle.

With A Conspiracy of Stars being political heavy I definitely thought that the characters and their development were going to suffer. Thankfully, the opposite is true. Octavia is a strong, independent protagonist whose perspective was a joy to read from. To see her find out that what she thought was the norm was in fact a lie, and then have her accept and adapt to it without so much as a tear was inspiring. Furthermore, Octavia’s relationships, both platonic and romantic, were presented in a captivating, developed, and mature way.

I suppose the only reason I didn’t rate A Conspiracy of Stars higher is because of its pacing. It is incredibly immersive, yes, but it is a lot of character, political, and world building. So much so that by the end of the novel I almost felt as if I had run a mental marathon. Hopefully now that the foundation has been laid, further novels set on Faloiv will move along much quicker.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole. Do you have any YA science fiction novels that you think I should check out? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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