Inherit The Stars
Inherit the Stars #1
Source: Netgalley e-ARC
I was provided with this ARC by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.
Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren’s life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.
But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
Author Tessa Elwood’s debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.
See that description? Doesn’t it sound awesome? Interplanetary systems? Epic romance? SPACE ADVENDTURE??? Sounds like some good old fashion family fun. I was ready to be wowed.
And if you expect to get that from this book, you would be very, very wrong.
Before I go on, I would just like to say that I’d like to give Inherit the Stars the benefit of the doubt. It is possible that all of the problems I had with this were in fact due to it being an e-ARC and that every thing will be fixed by the time it is published on December 8.
If that is true, then maybe I would raise my rating. Going based on what I read, however, this book was a mess. Inherit the Stars had a lot of potential to actually be a really interesting series and it failed in almost every aspect.
There is absolutely no backstory. We are thrown into a world and a fight that is never explained. I have no idea what the Blight was or how it started. I don’t understand the three families and their fight. I don’t understand their fuel shortage and that they live on a bunch of different planets but also own other planets??? I don’t even know why Asa seems to care more about Wren then Emmie (Although I can kind of guess because Emmie seems like a brat).
What is the Electorate? Yeah I’m asking you because even though you haven’t read it you probably know the same amount about them as I do. Why do these 3 families rule a bunch of planets? Are they kings? Or is it more like A Song of Ice and Fire but with planets instead of the North and shit. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME.
On top of the fact that the whole plot is a jumble of scenes that I didn’t understand and weren’t explained to me the writing is also pretty bad. The dialogue between the characters again is a mess. I’d love to use some actual quotes but you know they say to check the quotes against the actual published copy and I’m not going anywhere near that. Let me just say that even the dialogue is unintelligible. It actually makes the story more confusing.
The characters were flat and boring or completely useless. Asa was an idiot, Eagle was a bit of a douche, and Emmie was a brat. There is instalove (well kind of. It happens at the end but it comes out of no where Asa had barely mentioned her feelings for Eagle and then all of a sudden she is proclaiming her love for him).
Also NOTHING HAPPENS IN SPACE except for them flying? This is not what I expect when I hear the words “Space Adventure”.
And then it just ends. I think it is the start of a series but it literally just ended. It didn’t even really have a cliffhanger. It was like the end of the Sopranos. Just Boom. Done.
Basically this book is just a bunch of words thrown together that make no sense and you should probably avoid it. But who knows? Maybe all this is fixed by the time it is published but I kind of doubt it.