Book Review: From A Distant Star

24036086From a Distant Star  by Karen McQuestion

Science Fiction

4/5 Stars

Background Info:

“Sometimes love needs help from a distant star”

It has been a year since Lucas Walker was diagnosed with cancer, and during that time almost everyone has lost hope. His doctors, his friends, and even his parents are prepared for the worst. Everyone except his girlfriend Emma. She stays overnight for days by his side, talking to his unresponsive body. So when Lucas miraculously wakes up one day after months in a coma, Emma has to resist the urge to tell everyone, “I told you so!”. But Emma soon learns that this Lucas is not the Lucas that she is in love with. When Emma finds a strange object on the Walkers property the same day as Lucas’ recovery she begins to put the pieces together, but getting her Lucas back might be harder then she thought.

My Thoughts:

Okay, I have to be honest, I had never heard of this book before, but it was one of those days when you go to the library and find absolutely nothing on your TBR list so you just scan the shelves looking for something interesting. Thankfully I decided to give this book a chance instead of going home empty handed. It turned out to be a really great book, and I only gave it 4 stars because of two reasons:

#1– I felt like the language and writing style was more middle-aged level than it was young adult. It didn’t affect the plot too much, but I definitely felt like a little more detail at some parts would’ve been nice.

#2– It was a little too predictable. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a few twists and turns here and there (as long as they don’t involve my favorite characters dying), and this novel didn’t have many of those. I don’t want to complain too much though, because though the ending was one of those “happily ever after” endings it was still very heart-warming and it just left you with this happy feeling that left you smiling to yourself in your room like an idiot. 🙂

Related Books:

This book definitely gave off strong vibes of The Host by Marissa Meyer.

Favorite Character:

Oh, this is a hard one but I think I’m going to have to go with Scout. I might be a slight sucker for those extremely innocent and gentle guys (*cough* Prince Maxon *cough*). He also really opened my eyes when he asked Emma questions about why some humans were so judgmental and cruel. Those questions really made me stop and wonder where we are heading as a civilization. It was also so amazing to see him learn feelings along the way such as love and fun, feelings that he had never experienced before. Scout was really a very sweet and caring character.

Cover Art:

I really liked the cover of the book with the space background and all, but it was slightly misleading. It kind of seemed like Scout and Emma would get together from the cover image. It might just be me, but I was slightly disappointed when they didn’t. 😦

Favorite Quote:

“Love trumps logic every time”

Final Remarks:

A feel-good book for people of all ages, especially those sci-fi lovers out there!


Book Review: Gone

Gone- Michael Grant

Science Fiction/Supernatural Fiction/Dystopian

5/5 Stars

In Perdido Beach,California everything is fine. Kids are walking to school, parents are driving to work. That’s when it happens. everyone over the age of 14 is gone, leaving no trace of where or how they left. They just disapgonepear, leaving nothing but panicked children. Kids immediately try to escape, but they soon find that they are trapped inside of a dome, one that electrifies those who dare touch it. Many kids are excited that there are no parents left to boss them around, but that excitement ends abruptly when kids start to develop superpowers. But wait there’s more! When kids turn 15 they poof out. gone forever. With no parents left to make the rules, the older kids must step up and take on the responsibility of protecting all the kids. Easier said than done. When a large group of kids volunteers Sam Temple to be their leader he is stunned. Before this event he was convinced that nobody even knew he existed other than his best friend Quinn Gaither, especially not Astrid Ellison, the girl he has secretly been crushing on. While reading this book  follow Sam Temple as he struggles to lead scared kids and the various other obstacles that life decides to throw at him.

Overall I gave this book 5 stars. This book is definitely one of my favorites. Not only is it written with vivid details, but it also has new twists at every turn. Since the kids in this book were about the same age as I was, I could connect to most of their feelings and reactions.  This is one of those books that leaves you wondering what you would do if you were in a similar situation. I know it sounds cheesy (really, people getting superpowers. pshhhh) but once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. I feel like this is a modern version of Lord of the flies, and definitely one that is easier for young adults to understand.  This book is great for all sci-fi and dystopian lovers.During the time you spend reading this book you really far in love with the characters, well except for those super evil and nasty ones that you want to rip the guts out of. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there are actually 5 other books following this one in the series so you’ll get to know the characters even more. I won’t give out any spoilers, but just know that anything can happen when no parents are watching…