Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Book Review: Among the Nameless Stars

Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS.

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.


At the beginning, I couldn’t tell if it was set in our world, or if it was high fantasy, due to the way it was written. The writing style definitely grew on me. 

Kai was a servant of the North Estate, where he fell in love with Elliot North. During his adventurous new journey away from the only home he’s ever known, he’s constantly writing letters to Elliot—both in his head and on paper. (It’s a good way to show readers the extent of Kai’s feelings for Elliot, but after awhile, it’s pretty pointless since he doesn’t plan on sending the letters.) Kai’s journey takes him across an expansive area, and he ends up in Channel City. The class ranks are very clear between those who are poverty level (Reduced), those who are doing slightly better for themselves (Posts), and those who are wealthy (Luddites). Kai ends up working for the tyrant who rules Channel City (Pen) after said tyrant makes Kai’s life a living hell for refusing his job offer. So when an opportunity arises to take down Pen, Kai doesn’t hesitate. Will he succeed, or will he lose everything?  

Overall, this was a quick read and a nice little prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars. If you have a dystopian itch and want a short story, then I recommend picking up this book.

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