Title: A Conspiracy of Stars (Untitled Duology #1)
Author: Oliva A. Cole
Release Date: January 2, 2018
“But home isn’t just a memory, I’ve decided: it’s knowledge, knowing where you belong and where you fit in.”
This was a solid sci-fi story that combined all the things I want to see in my science fiction reads: compelling research, characters I connect with, and an intriguing mystery. A Conspiracy of Stars follows aspiring scientist Octavia, who’s desperate to follow in the steps of her parents and discover the secrets of Faloiv. But Octavia soon realises the planet isn’t the only thing hiding secrets, and the ruling Council of N’Terra might have a few of their own.
Thing I Liked
The cover is absolutely stunning and is on my list for covers of the year. It’s honestly what made me want to pick up this book.
I thought it was really cool that all the research was animal-based. Learning how the animals interact with their surroundings and other animals, and using that to make advancements was cool.
I really appreciate that we get a large cast of diverse characters. Octavia, her parents, Alma, Rondo, and Yaya are all black. And I loved that we get to see so many black scientists represented in the story.
Things I Didn’t Like
I needed to know more about Faloiv and the Faloii people. I know a big part of this story is Octavia discovering the Council’s secrets herself, but I felt a disconnect to what was happening because I largely had no clue how or why things were happening. I like the world building of the legacy of the compounds and the Council, I just needed more from the other side.
This was such a quick read and I was so invested I didn’t want to put the book down. I’m definitely looking forward to getting some answers in book two, and I can’t wait to pick it up.
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I received a copy of the book from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.