Review: Bright Star by Nickie Anderson

Name of book: Bright Star
Author: Nickie Anderson
Publication: November 9th 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the kind author...

It's bad enough that Sadira Pascal's father doesn't make it home to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. He might be a busy hovership engineer pulling overtime on a new design, but he's always been home for the important things. It's worse when she discovers her father decided to ride on the maiden voyage of his newest ship, the CAS Bright Star, without even telling her. But things really fall apart during Sadira's field trip with her class to observe the hovership launch. Instead of a successful flight, she watches the Bright Star fall out of the sky. 

The Central government confirms her father's death, leaving Sadira to pick up the pieces of her former life. While she struggles with her loss, Private Baruj Haddad tries to convince her that her father and the rest of the Bright Star crew are still alive. At first, Sadira doesn't believe there's any hope. But then she stumbles across a message that makes her think maybe, just maybe, her father is still alive. As she digs deeper into the Bright Star's crash, Sadira uncovers secrets about her father's work, secrets that put her and everyone she loves in danger.

-- My Rating --

3.5/5 Oscars: Liked it

-- My Thoughts --

     I dived into this book not knowing what it was about, it has been a while since I have read any dystopian books, ever since The Hunger Games. So, this book was a pleasant surprise.
     Sadira should have gotten used to her father's constant engineering work by now. But when he doesn't come home on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, it's a too much. What's more? He is on the crew of the spaceship he designed but while in the air, the ship crashes and the authorities tell her that her father is dead. But Sadira knows it's not true, and that the truth is not always better than the lie.
We sped through the center of town, dodging the morning hovercab traffic, racing past the bakery, past the church, and farther still past the antique store. The city opened up into a wide, sandy field, dotted here and there with scruffy trees.

     Nickie Anderson definitely took the dystopian to a new level.  I loved the world she created, the earpieces everyone put on and the deserted world outside the Wall. It was believable, at times creepy, but a wonderful experience, altogether  Her characters are normal and typical. Nothing too exceptional or deep. Sadira is the typical fifteen-year-old so it was easy to relate to her. But her braveness and courage are out of this world. The secondary characters are superb, and the pacing is perfect. Though it dragged a bit at the beginning, it picked up toward the middle.
     So why didn't I give this book five stars? Well, because it is a typical YA dystopian read. The author did bring some new stuff to the field but nothing too fancy or far-fetched. I wanted something new, and I didn't get it. But I am still glad that I read this, and I cannot wait for all the potential of the greatness of the second book :D!


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