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From a Distant Star MP3 CD – Unabridged, May 19, 2015
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 19, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 150125619X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501256196
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Grade level : 7 - 12
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
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#6,526,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,564 in Teen & Young Adult Alien Science Fiction
- #4,649 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure
- #5,985 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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GENRE: Science Fiction; YA; Action fiction; Written in 1st tense.
CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: SCOUT – Innocent; Cool and Confident under pressure;
SUPPORTING FEMALE CHARACTER: EMMA – 17 year old Risk- taker; a bit of a Worry wart.
SYNOPSIS: She sat by his bed watching him in a coma, dying and in the final stages of his cancer. A loud sound was heard outside but only his dog went to investigate. Everything changed when he opened his eyes and asked for a drink of water.
WHAT I LIKED: Scout had such a great personality and a child-like manner; so innocent and kind. Roy and Beverly cracked me up.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: Eric was extremely intelligent. I wish that his character had been much more a part of the plot.
OVERALL RATING: (5) stars because this is a fantastic YA book that even older adults, such as myself, will greatly enjoy (you really will). It started out just a tad slow (you might disagree) but the author totally went crescendo on me. Highly worth the read.
This was sci-fi. Not my favorite type which is on other planets or roaming outer space. But it is the next best thing, an alien on this world.
Those who have lost others or have had cancer may find the first part of the book a little triggery as the love interest is dying of cancer. But this holds hope, so stay with it. It gets better.
I was lucky to have a free credit at Audible and could listen to Kate Rudd narrate the story. She is very good at the different character voices. I kind of wish Lucas's voice was a little more distinct from Scout's but there wasn't enough of that voice to worry about. Kate kept the story interesting, I think more interesting than had I read it without Whispersynch.
Get ready because around the middle of the book you won't want to put it down, it gets more and more exciting. And all threads are neatly tied up at the end. Even so, I miss the characters and wish there were more. Maybe more from the alien planet and what happens next there? And maybe a connection happens between the new friends. Maybe Lucas could develop some sort of ability?
But even as a solo book, it was a lot of fun! I gave up binging on another series (TV) because the book was far more interesting. If you get the chance to read this, you should. I think you'll like it.
17 year old Emma is the main character and is the girlfriend of Lucas, who is dying of cancer. There are rumors around town about an old lady who has magic potions that may actually work. Emma convinces the woman to give her a potion to heal Lucas. Unbeknownst to Emma that a spaceship is struck by a missile and crashes near Lucas' house. Lucas recovers but is acting strange. Is it the potion or does it have something to do with the spaceship?
The story is ultimately about love, devotion and all that is good and bad about human nature. It was funny at times and thankfully it was not overly romantic. The audiobook narrator, Kate Rudd, was fantastic. It was OK.
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From a Distant Star suffers from the kinds of things that usually prompt me to avoid YA fiction. The main character Emma is incredibly naïve and melodramatic for a 17 year old, especially when it comes to her relationship with Lucas. Her 'undying love' for a school boy she's only known for a year comes across as creepy and clingy. It doesn't help that we get almost no context on their relationship before Lucas becomes ill to understand why they are a couple. She also seems a bit hypocritical. To top is all off, the book is filled to the brim with stereotypes. I ended up finding myself deeply annoyed until the 50% mark, where things started picking up.
Despite Emma's overbearing inner monologue, I somewhat admire her perseverance and inability to give up on Lucas. There were also some unexpected turns to the plot. The two other POV's in the book, though brief, were far more enjoyable to read. A few chapters ended up being very heartwarming. Getting to learn about the alien was definitely the highlight of the book, which coincidentally happens 50% in.
Overall, I'd say this was an okay read, but personally, all the YA books I've read (including books in the Young Reader's 9-12 section) were presented in a far more mature light. It felt like the author didn't know how to properly portray a 17 year old an so went overboard. In conclusion, probably a better read for preteens, definitely not for older audiences.