My rating: 5 of 5 stars
They say, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. But in the case of No Ordinary Star, please do!
M.C. Frank has written an astounding dystopian fantasy that immerses you completely, but instead of drowning in her words, you swim amongst this futuristic world without ever wanting to come up for air.
One of my favorite aspects of this story is it is told in three shorter parts. Each book is a taste of the whole without all the filler and lengthy set up that many other trilogies have. It is precise and to the point without feeling like an info dump.
Frank’s writing is seemingly effortless and chalked full of memorable lines.
I adore the main characters in No Ordinary Star. ‘Tin Soldier’ and ‘Match Girl’, names that become apparent when you read the book, are wholly human in a world where natural birth is outlawed.
Match Girl, or Astra, is smart, cunning, and determined, but imprisoned for another’s crime.
Tin Soldier, or Felix, is confident, passionate, and empathetic, but poisoned by the system.
Together they must decode the truth of their ‘perfect’ existence in order to save what has been forgotten.
Guys, I cannot gush enough over how much I appreciated No Ordinary Star: the writing, the plot twists, the beauty in these two young peoples interactions, the badass polar bear that saves their bacon.
The books that force me to ponder days, weeks, after I’ve finished the last page are the books that sit highest on my shelf, that come first to mind when I make a recommendation. And this book has hit that mark and is in no doubt one of my favorite dystopian novels.
So go ahead, judge the book by the cover because what you’ll find is a story just as gorgeous and breathtaking.