Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1)
Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?In this exhilarating edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure—perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles—debut author Maura Milan introduces our world to a thrilling new heroine.

Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1) Details

TitleIgnite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherAlbert Whitman & Company
ISBN-139780807536254
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult

Ignite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1) Review

  • Geek Furioso
    January 1, 1970
    "Think Throne of Glass set in space"And just like that, you lost me. Have fun guys, I'm out of here.
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    Characters were okay, but the writing was wayy too choppy, and I felt like a lot fo stuff didn’t make sense? + Annoying scifi cursing 😒 Totally shipped the romance though 😍 RTC!
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the space adventure I’ve been waiting for! Strong female characters, friendships, slow burn romance and a lots of high stakes missions. YES. Some of the plot threads took me to places I wished for more info on, but it’s only because I loved it and wanted more.
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    *sobs in asian*
  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    5 STARSOMG MAURA YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING OUT ON US THIS IS AMAZINGpre reviewI'M SORRY WHAT THERE'S A POC ON THE COVER (of the first book!!! not just the cover redo!!!) gah this needs to come sooner please and thank you!cover reveal (look at it it's so beautiful T.T) SEPT. 4th 2018 Y'ALL (see pub date announcement tweet here @librarians). I'm so ready for outlaws in space!
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  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    Space books are difficult for me, mainly because I’m not that intelligent and so can’t really follow along with all the technical space talk, ya get me? But I’m so desperate to love that I keep trying and trying but...I just can’t. I absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles, but most other sci-fi books fall short for me.Sadly, Ignite the Stars is no different. It was okay, it really was. I liked Ia, our criminal mastermind extraordinaire, but there was just something missing. (On a different note, Space books are difficult for me, mainly because I’m not that intelligent and so can’t really follow along with all the technical space talk, ya get me? But I’m so desperate to love that I keep trying and trying but...I just can’t. I absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles, but most other sci-fi books fall short for me.Sadly, Ignite the Stars is no different. It was okay, it really was. I liked Ia, our criminal mastermind extraordinaire, but there was just something missing. (On a different note, the name keeps making me sing Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman whenever I read it, so that’s always a plus.)Ignite the Stars is told in three different POVs - Ia, our aforementioned criminal, Brinn, who didn’t really serve much of a purpose outside of her relationship with Ia, and Knives the Flight Master at a prestigious military training school, and also the son of the General who devotes his time to hunting down Ia. When Ia is captured and sent to the academy, Knives is forced to hold her reins - in the form of a device that could stop Ia’s heart within seconds. So, obviously, I shipped it. If this book was told in Ia and Knives’s POVs, I probably would have given this 4 stars instead of 3, but Brinn just dragged this ship down. I skim read the majority of her chapters, because I just couldn’t bring myself to care about her. Ia, however, is a bit of a whirlwind. She’s reckless and brilliant and arrogant and dangerous, just how I like my heroines. Her POV was definitely the highlight of the book for me. For a debut novel, Maura’s writing was really good. The only problem I had with it was the made up curse words. Every time someone said “miff” or “miffing” instead of “fuck” or “fucking”, I cringed so hard. There are a few other made up curses that weren’t quite as bad or overused as “miff”, but I, personally, find it just a little bit silly when authors invent their own curse words. Had this book been fantasy instead of sci-fi, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more, as I always struggle with space settings, as I said earlier. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of YA sci-fi books, though, as it definitely has a lot of potential, and I feel like I’m going to be in the minority with my rating of it. *thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me an arc*
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Everyone in the universe knows the outlaw Ia Cocha and fears him. One thing they don't know is that Ia is actually a seventeen year old girl. In reality she is a top notch pilot and a criminal mastermind who has spent her entire life terrorizing the imperalist Commonwealth that destroyed her home. When Ia gets caught by the Commonwealth, they see the truth of her identity as an opportunity. They will force her to serve them and pr I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Everyone in the universe knows the outlaw Ia Cocha and fears him. One thing they don't know is that Ia is actually a seventeen year old girl. In reality she is a top notch pilot and a criminal mastermind who has spent her entire life terrorizing the imperalist Commonwealth that destroyed her home. When Ia gets caught by the Commonwealth, they see the truth of her identity as an opportunity. They will force her to serve them and prove once and for all that no one beyond their control. Before long, Ia is stuck plotting her escape at a Commonwealth military academy. Her new acquaintances, though, Brinn and Knives, cause Ia to begin to question her own alliances. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan is a YA sci-fi debut and promising series opener. I was really hoping to love it - I mean, the cover and the blurb definitely hooked me. While I liked it well enough, it didn't quite distinguish itself enough for me. There's a lot to like from Ia and Knives, exactly the sort of characters I like to read about, the fast pace, the action, and just how timely the story feels in terms of refugees. Overall, though, the way the story played out didn't impress me in part because it feels very familiar. I couldn't help but compare it to The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, but it never quite reaches those heights. In part, I think that's because there's not a whole lot of world-building. I usually like being thrown into the action right away, but I don't think we ended up with enough to make up for it later on. Looking back on it, I doubt I could go into much more detail about the setting aside from coming up with space or military academy. Finally, I wanted to mention the three perspectives used to tell the story - Ia, Knives, and Brinn. I preferred the Ia and Knives sections to Brinn by far. Brinn's perspective didn't flow as well as it could have and it bogged down the storytelling a little too much.Overall, Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan is a decent YA sci-fi debut. I had really high expectations going in and it didn't quite live up to them. All things considered, though, it's a great first effort and I have a feeling the sequel could be truly great. I have a feeling you'll want to pick up Milan's new novel if you like Marissa Meyer and Amie Kaufman. Thanks again for this opportunity, NetGalley!
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    More space sci-fi plus an Asian protagonist? SOLD! Not a fan of the cover though so might just get the Kindle edition.
  • alice (arctic books)
    January 1, 1970
    Full RTC!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Can we please appreciate the cover first? Because not only do I really like it colour-wise, but there is a POC on the cover. All the thumbs up for that.But now, let’s get to the story. Even though I needed quite a long time to get into it, I just read 3/4 of the book in one sitting because… wow. What took me so long in the beginning was that the story is told in three POVs and that each chapter is another character. That made it hard for me to get really into that character in the beginning. But Can we please appreciate the cover first? Because not only do I really like it colour-wise, but there is a POC on the cover. All the thumbs up for that.But now, let’s get to the story. Even though I needed quite a long time to get into it, I just read 3/4 of the book in one sitting because… wow. What took me so long in the beginning was that the story is told in three POVs and that each chapter is another character. That made it hard for me to get really into that character in the beginning. But the more the plot developed, the more I got to know the characters and because they all interacted with each other, it was then easy to follow their stories.Ia certainly is one fierce character. Even though she is never described as being of Asian heritage (at least I think so?), I always imagined her that way, thanks to the cover. In the beginning we already get to know her as a killer with a good heart, even though most people only see the killer and not the good heart. When she is captured and brought to Aphelion, her enemies’ military academy, she tries everything to escape at first. But her brother convinces her to stay and get informations. So she stays but things do not go as planned: she finds friendship and also something more.What I liked about Ia’s chapters was her development and how she herself felt it and described it. How she went from not-caring to caring-very-much. But she stays herself through it all: sassy and brave, smart and quick.The second POV is from Brinn, Ia’s roommate in Aphelion. She is not exactly happy about this, but she soon finds, that it isn’t all that bad, especially when Ia discovers Brinn’s secret. Slowly trust and friendship blossom between the two girls and even though this friendship has its ups and downs, it is a wonderful one. Brinn is extremely clever and so the two make a great team: Brinn the mind, Ia the fighter. Where Ia is hotheaded and talks with fists rather than her mouth, Brinn is more calm and analytical.Brinn also gets a great character development: from being insecure, she learns and accepts who she is.The third protagonist is knives, the Flight Master of the academy and son to a powerful General. Who is also the general who captured Ia. He does not take any shit from Ia and knows just as well where to put a fist, if necessary. Even though the two of them are constantly at each other’s throats, they too, slowly grow together. I liked his character instantly because I liked the way he thinks and the motives that get him going.But not only the characters were amazing, the plot was as well. Even though I still have not completely understood why Ia has to attend Aphelion, I am glad she did. Because so many components come together to form their story around Ia and her associates. And those plot twists? Damn. They really got to me.The whole book was fast paced, but especially the last 100 pages were intense and I could not get my eyes away from the pages. So much happened. I just wish I could read how the story goes on right now.The only thing I would have liked to see more of is the general world building. The essentials were there, but I would really like to know more about how the Commonwealth works, how they treat their colonies, who and what the slaver nations are and who exactly are the criminal associates of Ia’s? And how Dark Space and normal space are interwined and work together or not?Apart from this, I just loved everything. Even though this is a debut, it did not feel like it. The writing was great and easy to read and understand. The characters were wonderful and so was the plot. What a furious debut. Just… give me more of this.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    Ignite the Stars is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure with strong female characters. If you can suspend disbelief to get past the idea that a 17-year-old girl has been the most wanted criminal/rebel in the universe for several years, then this book is a fun ride, with a side of social commentary on immigrants and refugees. It's a strong and very bingeable debut.Ia Cocha is a "criminal mastermind" and talented pilot who has been hiding both her identity and her compassionate heart. When she allows he Ignite the Stars is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure with strong female characters. If you can suspend disbelief to get past the idea that a 17-year-old girl has been the most wanted criminal/rebel in the universe for several years, then this book is a fun ride, with a side of social commentary on immigrants and refugees. It's a strong and very bingeable debut.Ia Cocha is a "criminal mastermind" and talented pilot who has been hiding both her identity and her compassionate heart. When she allows herself to be captured in order to save the lives of Tawny refugees, she ends up imprisoned at a military academy. She is thrown together with Brinn, a student with her own secret who wants nothing to do with the notoriously brutal Ia. Cue political intrigue, teen drama, and spaceships!This was a quick read and while it wasn't exactly ground-breaking, it was done pretty well for a YA sci-fi adventure. We've seen characters like this before, and Ia reminds me a little bit of Celeana Sardothian from Throne of Glass, except in space and without the royal heritage. I appreciated some of the snarky dialogue, the focus on female friendship, and the LACK of a love triangle! (And part of me wanted to see a romance develop between Ia and Brinn even though it didn't go that way. Fanfic anyone?) But probably the best part of this book is the way it handles the othering of refugees and people from minority ethnic backgrounds. It feels very relevant to the world today, and comes with a strong message of accepting who you are and being proud of your heritage, even when people around you are hateful. And that is a great reason to read this.Overall, while this isn't a perfect book, I enjoyed my time reading this and think it's worth picking up. I agreed to review an early copy of Ignite the Stars received via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.In YA, it is not uncommon to have teenage protagonists lead armies, or be the smartest, most dangerous person around by the end of the book. Ia is not one of those protagonists. She is already the most dangerous criminal in the galaxy by the time she turns seventeen, and has been building her reputation for years.I admit that this tested my suspension of disbelief, which sounds strange to say in a sci-fi book with aliens. Still I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.In YA, it is not uncommon to have teenage protagonists lead armies, or be the smartest, most dangerous person around by the end of the book. Ia is not one of those protagonists. She is already the most dangerous criminal in the galaxy by the time she turns seventeen, and has been building her reputation for years.I admit that this tested my suspension of disbelief, which sounds strange to say in a sci-fi book with aliens. Still, it was interesting to see how Ia's character arc was in a way the opposite of a standard YA character arc: instead of becoming someone strong and feared, she already starts out that way, and her character arc is instead about letting people close.I loved how this book was told from three different perspectives, how the three protagonists came from very different backgrounds, and how they all had a distinct character arc where they changed the way they view the world. Ignite the Stars also had some genuinely scary/creepy scenes where I could really feel the tension and worry about what was going to happen.I certainly didn't see the twist coming, although that might have been because I didn't want to believe it would come. If this was a standalone, then I really wouldn't be content with the villain, but the end suggests that there's going to be a sequel that puts more focus on that relationship, so I'm holding out for that.I have to say that I'm not sure I like Ia's change of affiliation, though. I can see her loyalty to her friends like Brinn or Knives, but I don't really see any basis for her to have loyalty towards the system they are part of. I'm sure she will still be critical in the future, but this made the ending strange for me.Extra kudos for an awesome female friendship.
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  • Amy Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    I needed a good ya sci-fi and Ignite the Stars gave it to me! This book is intense and I read it in one sitting. I loved that it was written from three point of views. I'm always wondering in other books what the other characters are thinking beyond what the narrator tells us and this author gives you exactly that. I loved Ia as the main character and the character development is well written. This is a beautiful space opera and I can't wait for more! You don't want to miss this beauty!Ia is a s I needed a good ya sci-fi and Ignite the Stars gave it to me! This book is intense and I read it in one sitting. I loved that it was written from three point of views. I'm always wondering in other books what the other characters are thinking beyond what the narrator tells us and this author gives you exactly that. I loved Ia as the main character and the character development is well written. This is a beautiful space opera and I can't wait for more! You don't want to miss this beauty!Ia is a space mercenary and is so cautious that no one knows she is a girl. Knives gets orders to capture the killer known as Ia Coche and bring her to a military training facility to reform her or lifelong imprisonment. She chooses the school of course. Her roommate Brinn is brilliant and between the two of them they are pretty much unstoppable. Ia has an escape plan and only Knives, the General's son, stands in her way.This book will be published September 4, 2018Thank you to Edelweiss and Albert Whitman & Company for this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Shawn
    January 1, 1970
    A Stellar Debut!Ia is the scourge of the All Black. The Sovereign of Dead Space. Rogue of the Fringe Planets. Blood Wolf of the Skies. And she's only seventeen.But he rampage all comes crashing to a halt when the Olympus Commonwealth's army finally catches up to her. They apprehend her, but instead of throwing her into prison for life, they take a gamble, thinking they can use her youth and skills to help in their fight. So instead of a prison colony, they send Ia to Aphelion, a top-secret train A Stellar Debut!Ia is the scourge of the All Black. The Sovereign of Dead Space. Rogue of the Fringe Planets. Blood Wolf of the Skies. And she's only seventeen.But he rampage all comes crashing to a halt when the Olympus Commonwealth's army finally catches up to her. They apprehend her, but instead of throwing her into prison for life, they take a gamble, thinking they can use her youth and skills to help in their fight. So instead of a prison colony, they send Ia to Aphelion, a top-secret training academy for the Commonwealth's most promising cadets.When she arrives, Ia is a reluctant student, plotting her escape every second of the day. While there, though, she meets Brinn, her roommate who's hiding a secret of her own, and Knives, the young flight master who's grown disillusioned with the army after his sister's death and who also happens to be the son of the general who captured Ia. As the weeks pass with no escape in sight, Ia begins to realize that not every cadet is evil. The army has killed many of her own, but she's also killed many of them. In war, both sides pay a price. She begins to form bonds with Brinn and Knives, but is she getting ahead of herself? If she doesn't escape soon, she fears she might become just another Bug, toiling away for a corrupt Commonwealth.Set against a galaxy in crisis, IGNITE THE STARS is rip-roaring fun. With action and adventure on every page. In her debut, Milan writes magnificently. The characters are complex and unforgettable. Each runs into their own moral dilemma and struggles to find a way forward. Fans of THE 100, ILLUMINAE, and THE DIABOLIC will surely want to pick this up.
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  • Jennifer H.
    January 1, 1970
    10% in and I knew I was hooked! That doesn't happen near as often as I would like. I'll be the first to say that I am not a big sci-fi YA fan. I can probably count on one hand how many YA sci-fi books I have read and actually enjoyed it. Not my favorite genre, BUT Ignite the Stars is certainly and most definitely the exception and I am so happy that I took the chance. The basic plot honestly reminded me of Divergent in the beginning - a girl is sent to a training "facility" and eventually falls 10% in and I knew I was hooked! That doesn't happen near as often as I would like. I'll be the first to say that I am not a big sci-fi YA fan. I can probably count on one hand how many YA sci-fi books I have read and actually enjoyed it. Not my favorite genre, BUT Ignite the Stars is certainly and most definitely the exception and I am so happy that I took the chance. The basic plot honestly reminded me of Divergent in the beginning - a girl is sent to a training "facility" and eventually falls for one of her instructors/teachers. Granted there are probably a lot of books that I haven't read with that same plot, but Divergent was the one to stick out for me. Having said that, the basic plot is where those similarities end and it becomes its own animal. This story had everything - a fierce heroine and a flawed/conflicted hero that were amazing characters by themselves, but when they got together: chemistry AF and delicious banter (enemies to lovers!!) that would..well..excuse the pun, but would ignite the stars. ;) And if that swoony side piece isn't enough, there's friendships, family, betrayals, loss, a twist that I SO should have saw coming (argh!!), and not 1, but 2 bad guys with very punchable faces - all wrapped into a sci-fi experience really that left me ticked that I read it so early, but also SO excited and ready for the sequel! Gah, I need it!*Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read and review.***************************************Oh, this was good. This was really good!Review to come!
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  • Stef (Noveltea Corner)
    January 1, 1970
    (I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.)I was only a few pages into Ignite the Stars when I got the sinking feeling that I knew this story. Ignite the Starsis a very average young adult science-fiction story with a lot of familiar elements. And I mean ‘a lot.’Do you recognise any of these tropes and traits: a prickly, mercenary female character, caught and imprisoned and given a chance to redeem herself? A school-like environment (I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.)I was only a few pages into Ignite the Stars when I got the sinking feeling that I knew this story. Ignite the Starsis a very average young adult science-fiction story with a lot of familiar elements. And I mean ‘a lot.’Do you recognise any of these tropes and traits: a prickly, mercenary female character, caught and imprisoned and given a chance to redeem herself? A school-like environment built upon competition? An inappropriate love-interest that becomes an insta-love situation when said female character shows amazing skills that others don’t have? Roommates who can’t stand each other?They’re all in here, plus more. And they’re not bad things to include in a story - it just felt like it has all been done before and there wasn’t sufficient depth or exploration of any of them to make me feel like I was invested in the story, or the characters.If we want to get technical, there’s nothing wrong with the story or the writing style - it’s alright. It’s easy to read and I’m sure there will people out there who really enjoy this story, especially if you're fans of Throne of Glass or Zenith. It just wasn’t what I was after in a science-fiction story and so I was left disappointed.
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars bumped up for the massive crush I have for the mc, IaHow do I even begin describing this book? Ignite the Stars was grandiose, adventurous, and triumphant. It’s a science fiction that follows the journey of Ia Cocha, a daredevil rebel who’s escaped the clutches of the Olympus Commonwealth more than once. But when she’s finally captured, at the beginning of the book, everyone is surprised to see that she’s a young girl. To increase nationalism and use her as propaganda fodder, the Commo 4.5 stars bumped up for the massive crush I have for the mc, IaHow do I even begin describing this book? Ignite the Stars was grandiose, adventurous, and triumphant. It’s a science fiction that follows the journey of Ia Cocha, a daredevil rebel who’s escaped the clutches of the Olympus Commonwealth more than once. But when she’s finally captured, at the beginning of the book, everyone is surprised to see that she’s a young girl. To increase nationalism and use her as propaganda fodder, the Commonwealth enlists them in their top military academy, the Royal Star Fleet. What they don’t know, however, is that she’s just biding her time for escape, and then she’ll wreck vengeance at all. … Except vengeance doesn’t come easily. Especially when she starts developing feelings towards many of her peers and classmates. Feelings of compassion, empathy, and respect. This makes for a very morally grey situation where Ia (pronounced eye-ah) asks herself - is all she’s doing really worth it? “If she was going down, she was going to do it one way and one way alone.Gloriously.”
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  • Book_Girl_22
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this and I LOVED it. IA was such a kickass heroine, sarcastic and spunky, while Brinn was a very relatable character I could identify with. The chemistry between the two felt organic and sincere, and I liked that the author spent a good amount of time on their friendship, which often isn't the case in YA novels. But that doesn't mean there wasn't romance! Knives was dreamy and swoon-worthy, and the scenes between him and IA were filled with sparks.The action scenes wer I read an early version of this and I LOVED it. IA was such a kickass heroine, sarcastic and spunky, while Brinn was a very relatable character I could identify with. The chemistry between the two felt organic and sincere, and I liked that the author spent a good amount of time on their friendship, which often isn't the case in YA novels. But that doesn't mean there wasn't romance! Knives was dreamy and swoon-worthy, and the scenes between him and IA were filled with sparks.The action scenes were also so amazing!! Reading it was like watching a fun, sci-fi movie! I also thought the subject matter concerning refugees was very pertinent to the times we live in. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and YA fiction, and anyone looking for smart, action-packed writing.
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  • Anne (The Reading Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I am like, at least 99% sure that they updated the synopsis, because when I first came across this book, I swore it said:"Think Throne of Glass set in space".Although it definitely succeeded in catching my attention, I also became extremely wary. Throne of Glass? Those are some very big shoes to fill. Never the less, I still try to give this book a chance, because how am I going to pass that up?I'm going to start off first by saying that I think they made the right decision to get rid of the lin I am like, at least 99% sure that they updated the synopsis, because when I first came across this book, I swore it said:"Think Throne of Glass set in space".Although it definitely succeeded in catching my attention, I also became extremely wary. Throne of Glass? Those are some very big shoes to fill. Never the less, I still try to give this book a chance, because how am I going to pass that up?I'm going to start off first by saying that I think they made the right decision to get rid of the line comparing it to Throne of Glass, because personally, this book does not live up to that title. Not because this book was bad or not fun to read at any means, just that I cannot find any real similarities between the two on the top of my head. The only one that I can think of immediately is that this book has multiple POVs. That's it.Setting a work to be one thing when it's not and getting expectations in the wrong place is a perfect formula for failure. It will disappoint the audience even if the work itself is not bad, and I've seen so many books and movies destroyed because of this false marketing. So I'm glad they got rid of it.But don't leave it! Do not give up on this book now that I said I don't think it's like Throne of Glass at all. I was really, really scared this is going to be a bad, or worse, just another mediocre book. I just finished a really good book, and so I was expecting this one to be bad because usually, right after you've hit a jackpot, the next one is not as good (or really bad).I was (I'm not exaggerating) shocked that this book is actually...good.Oh my god, this book is actually good.Aside from how well constructed this science world building was as well as those FANTASTICALLY written character developments (I'll elaborate on those later), I first really need to praise the portrayal of Ia. Ia actually seems like who she was supposed to be. Her portrayal actually made it believable that she would be the most wanted criminal (and the best one) in the entire galaxy. I am so surprised about that.Now it may seem like "why are you so surprised about that, isn't that something that was just expected?". Here's the thing, the idea of Ia is actually a really common trope. How many young adult books out there are featuring a main character that is "the best in (something) in the (somewhere)"? It's even more common for them to be something like "the best criminal" or the "best assassin", because since these two professions are a bit more aggressive, it'll make them easier grounds for an author to portray a real savage and bad - a** heroine. Also, a lot of people like these tropes, so these books are definitely targeted toward that audience.But more often than not, none of those characters really live up to their reputation up to a believable level. In other words, the author fails to actually execute the portrayal enough for them to truly be believable. The mannerism may not fit, the attitude and narration tone may also not have lived up. You'll also be surprised that the authors so many times just plain out fail in letting these "masterminds" reach the level of ability that actually makes sense and proves why they're the best. These are all technical character portrayal problems.There are two things the authors did that aid her in successfully excluding herself from that category of authors. First off, she used the perspective of Ia to its absolute complete filled-to-the-brink potential in letting us understand how her mind works (and in result shows lets us see for ourselves why she was the best). It was actually the first thing I noticed about her narration, and that was how she actually thinks like a criminal. The fact that I felt like her narration and mindset was different than a normal person made me realized how used I was to criminals that are not like criminals like all. It was because this was finally different, finally like a criminal that I noticed. She definitely had the out-of-ordinary precision and the habit to observe and memorize everything in her surroundings that a criminal (should) always have, and her pristine calculations she makes under pressure proves itself why she is the best. Another thing that stood out in her narration is her (definitely rightfully earned) arrogance/confidence (depending on your perspective). She was actually confident, and she knows she's good. This truly made me realize how much the other books are lacking this specific tone with their criminals. Those characters are literally legends, and there's a reason why they are so widely known (and most wanted). They should be confident, if not just plain out cocky. It doesn't mean the protagonist is a trash person. Is just that they know they are the absolute best, which they freaking are. This also reminded me to mention how the author did a great job in not making all the characters have the exact same tone in their narrations for the different characters. Great job on that too, I can actually tell the difference in the tone and attitude when reading them. That indubiously reflects on superb writing. The multiple switching POVs were also well-constructed and organized, so it did not feel like it was a whole jumbled up mess. Excellent  Job.The author also nailed her goal in having a complete character arc for three different characters with three different perspectives. She was also smart enough to make it work by intertwining those arcs together so that it can all work, while at the same time it would not have to last too long. Everything about this story just screams to me excellent technique and excellent writing. You also know this book is good when this book doesn't even have that good of a hate-love relationship, and I still couldn't put the book down. Because for once, I really enjoyed this book not because of the relationships, but because of its story. And this is coming from the person that 9/10 like a book if it has a really good hate-love relationship (because an actual interesting story has been kind of hard to come across these days). SO YOU KNOW HOW BIG THIS IS.Let's just say that no one can be more surprised than me to how much I actually enjoyed this book (and how good this book is).
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  • Megan (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.Ignite the Stars was a decent science fiction book. It had a decent plot, though it was quite choppy and messy at times and didn't always flow well so it did sometimes lose me. The pacing was also decent but could have been better. There was also a lot of social commentary about refugees, war, and colonization which I enjoyed. I also didn't really like the whole 'miffing' cursing thing it kind of got a little a Disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.Ignite the Stars was a decent science fiction book. It had a decent plot, though it was quite choppy and messy at times and didn't always flow well so it did sometimes lose me. The pacing was also decent but could have been better. There was also a lot of social commentary about refugees, war, and colonization which I enjoyed. I also didn't really like the whole 'miffing' cursing thing it kind of got a little annoying. I think my favourite part of Ignite the Stars were the characters, relationships, and romance. I will go a little more in-depth in my full review but Ignite the Stars is a decent read, but it was kind of just that.
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  • Shea
    January 1, 1970
    Maura Milan has crafted a fast-paced, sci-fi adventure that you won’t be able to put down! A strong female lead and complex characters who you can’t help but fall in love with! I don’t read a lot of sci-fi yet I consumed this book! Fans of THE 100, get read for your new obsession!
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  • Amy • A Magical World of Words
    January 1, 1970
    My blog: A Magical World Of Words4.5 stars. OK so please just do yourself a favour and read this book. It's only publishing later this year so I guess that explains why it hadn't been hyped so much yet, BUT I'M TELLIN' YOU IT SHOULD BE HYPED because it is amazing. It is easily one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read. Just read it.The writing is excellent. The book might be a debut, but the writing does not feel like that of a typical debut's. It's absolutely genius. It's stellar.The plot My blog: A Magical World Of Words4.5 stars. OK so please just do yourself a favour and read this book. It's only publishing later this year so I guess that explains why it hadn't been hyped so much yet, BUT I'M TELLIN' YOU IT SHOULD BE HYPED because it is amazing. It is easily one of the best sci-fi novels I have ever read. Just read it.The writing is excellent. The book might be a debut, but the writing does not feel like that of a typical debut's. It's absolutely genius. It's stellar.The plot is insanely good. There's tons of chilling, adrenaline pumping action, but also a fair amount of beautiful, quieter scenes, and the whole sorry is so exciting, fun, and fast-paced. I also adore the humour, which lends itself to some awesome laugh-out-loud moments, too. Overall, the plot is just amazing.Oh! And I also have to mention the ending/climax! Without giving spoilers, let me just tell you how absolutely perfect it is. I cried, I laughed, I didn't think it was possible to love the book more, but I did. The ending is perfect in every way.But I found the world building disappointing. It is intriguing, but it's a bit confusing too. I wanted more explanations and details. It's quite limited and all over the place. This girl was a child of violence. She had suffered and survived. That was a part of her, but what about the girl who had teased him five minutes ago? Where did she fit in? Was she a mirage, a mere trick of the eyes? Did that person really not exist at all?His eyes traced the elegant line of her neck as she swiveled around to face him, her eyes sparking like collapsed stars swallowing up the surrounding light. She was a dark star, a black hole in the endless sky, and if he got too close, he would surely disappear. He knew all this, but even then, he couldn’t turn away from her. The characters are brilliantly written. Everyone is so real and human, with lots of depth and development, and the chemistry between everyone is insane, too. It's just incredible.I love the three leads: Ia, Brinn, and Knives. They're all so different but all equally compelling, and the depth and development they each get is amazing. I fell in love with all of them. They're three of the best main characters I've ever read about; Ia's arrogant but she's fierce, Brinn's insecure but she's a whizz with numbers, and Knives is tormented but passionate. I absolutely love and appreciate what they each contribute to the story.The romance!! Oh my word it's perfect. Knives and Ia start off fighting and trying to kill each other so of course I'm reading it grinning and shipping them hardcore, and the development of their relationship is stunning. I ship them so much.Female friendship!! Oh my gosh this is a female friendship to rival even Inej and Nina's. Almost. But seriously, Brinn and Ia's friendship is beautiful. They start off disliking and distrusting each other, but soon get to see the heart of the other person and what they're hiding, what they fear, and what they're fighting for. It's lovely and heart-wrenching to watch. And even though I shouldn't really say too much about the climax, it is the perfect example of girls having each other's backs. It's magnificent. Ignite the Stars is a breathtaking tale of love, friendship, and inner healing and growth. It's exciting and brilliantly written, but its characters give it its invincible heart.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Ignite the Stars is explosive and smart. This action packed syfy is sure to pull you to the edge of your seat as you read devour every last word.I was immediately drawn into this novel and could not put it down. I absolutely love it when I don’t even need to wait until 10% to know if I am going to like, let alone love a book. I immediately knew this book was right up my ally. It’s full of action, character growth and a kick-ass heroin.Sadly, I read a few reviews from other readers on Goodreads a Ignite the Stars is explosive and smart. This action packed syfy is sure to pull you to the edge of your seat as you read devour every last word.I was immediately drawn into this novel and could not put it down. I absolutely love it when I don’t even need to wait until 10% to know if I am going to like, let alone love a book. I immediately knew this book was right up my ally. It’s full of action, character growth and a kick-ass heroin.Sadly, I read a few reviews from other readers on Goodreads and was disheartened by the lack of similar opinions to my own. (fist pumping, want to scream it to the mountains how amazing it is!) People compared it to the syfy version of The Throne of Glass. I can sort of see that, but what I really see is something more like Ender’s Game mixed with Firefly and Star Wars.Read the full review on my blog - The Dyslexic Reader
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  • McKenzie Dean
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed below are entirely my own. I started reading Ignite the Stars with such high hopes for these characters and their story. And, for the last third of the book, everything was perfect. It was the first two thirds that had me falling asleep and rolling my eyes. To begin, let me list the things I loved about this book. I love that there is a person of color on the c Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed below are entirely my own. I started reading Ignite the Stars with such high hopes for these characters and their story. And, for the last third of the book, everything was perfect. It was the first two thirds that had me falling asleep and rolling my eyes. To begin, let me list the things I loved about this book. I love that there is a person of color on the cover of Ignite the Stars. That alone had me so excited for this story! I also enjoyed reading from Ia’s point of view. She was the most interesting character in the story and when she was narrating, the story was absolutely amazing. She’s cunning and ruthless and doesn’t take no for an answer. Watching Ia grow as a character throughout the book was one of my favorite things. She begins to understand that everything and everyone around her aren’t necessarily the enemies she thought they were. Knives’s point of view was my second favorite. He wasn’t as interesting as Ia, but the parts he narrated were equally as memorable and action-packed. Now, unfortunately, there were several things I didn’t like so much. The main thing was Brinn’s point of view. Her character was largely unnecessary, other than her role in her relationship with Ia and a bit at the end of the book. She was mostly there as the “smart” character, but her intelligence wasn’t utilized until the last fifteen percent of the book, which I found to be a waste. When she narrated the story, it didn’t flow as well and nothing happened. Another thing I disliked was the made-up curse words. They were overused and silly, and most of the time I had no idea what the character was really trying to say. Normal curse words would have served the author’s purpose just as well and would have made the story flow so much more easily. One thing I found confusing was the device installed in Ia’s heart at the beginning of the novel. It is meant to be able to cause heart failure in the case that she tries to escape custody (which she does, repeatedly). For me, this is completely unrealistic. I realize it’s a sci-fi novel and “anything goes,” but heart failure? Could the device not have just caused pain in order to stop her in her attempt? The device controls her heart, so it can easily reverse heart failure, but still. Come on. How about a simple sedative released into her bloodstream? It would have solved several of the problems Ia’s captors have in keeping her in line and it’s far less life-threatening. One last thing that I didn’t enjoy was the pacing and the writing. Both were choppy in places and made the story feel almost incomplete. It distracted me more than once, which is one of the reasons it took me an age to finish reading it. Overall, this is a decent Young Adult Sci-Fi debut. There was just something missing for me personally and the story didn’t distinguish itself enough from the rest of the genre. There were several elements I recognized, some from the Lunar Chronicles, some from the Illuminae Files, and even some minor references to Harry Potter. I had high expectations going in and, unfortunately, Ignite the Stars just didn’t live up to those expectations.
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  • Kennedy Vega
    January 1, 1970
    DescriptionEveryone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is bey DescriptionEveryone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl.A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control.Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and their charming Flight Master, Knives—cause Ia to question her own alliances. Can she find a way to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen?Overall Thoughts5/5 starsOH. MY. GOD. Give me a moment to pick my jaw up off the floor, because even three days after I finished this book I am still in shock. WOW. *Takes a deep breath* Okay, if you are looking for a morally grey POC main character whose badassery knows no bounds, you want to read Ignite the Stars. If you crave action, angsty introspective searches for the thin line between right and wrong, and an MC who actually lives up to her title as a the Blood Wolf of the Skies & Sovereign of Dead Space, you NEED to pre-order Ignite the Stars. Betrayal, a dash of romance, and world building that makes me want to get on the first shuttle to space, Ignite the Stars is THE YA sci-fi of the year.I know what you’re thinking! Kennedy, It’s only July. THIS BOOK IS JUST THAT GOOD!! The plot was well paced, I read it in one day and wish I had the sequel in my hands right that moment. My love for this book knows no bounds. I RARELY ever give out 5 star reviews, but this one was such a well rounded read! Plot This book starts off with a bang as Ia Cocha is captured in a fierce battle against the Olympus Commonwealth. From there the book just RUNS with it. You know that feeling when you are riding a rollercoaster and you get to the very very top, that moment when your heart is in your throat and your pulse is skyrocketing because you’re about to drop and you know it’s going to be a crazy ride? THAT is the feeling this book gave me. Every plot point in this book, played out like a movie. Maura’s writing style allows to the reader to become one with the pages of the novel and when you read this book you forget that you’re on earth instead of an alien planet. While the book is pretty action packed, there’s a good balance between external and internal conflict (which I LOVED). Ia struggles to find her place in an enemy's military academy and is confronted with the realization that not everything is as black and white as she once believed. All the meanwhile, Ia plans her escape and the vengeance she will exact on those who captured her. The world building was superb, everything from the tech to the planet systems was fantastic. Even though the story is set in the familiar genre of Sci-Fi, the details that Maura crafted felt crisp and new. Characters Ia Cocha isn’t one of those characters who only had a badass reputation, she proves it. She doesn’t pull her punches, she says it like it is. While she is deserving of her criminal title, Ia Cocha is more than just a law breaker. She’s a complex character hardened by the trials of war, trying to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in a world that constantly tells her she is the enemy. Despite her criminal nature, there’s a depth of compassion and honor to Ia that makes her a character you can root for. In addition to Ia, the novel features the POV of two other characters, Brinn and Knives. While I noticed some readers mentioned that they didn’t think that Brinn’s POV was necessary, I thought that all three of the POV’s worked together beautifully to create a well rounded view of the narrative. The three POV’s melded together seamlessly, allowing the reader have an even more insightful reading experience. I loved all the characters, their backgrounds and characteristics heightened the authenticity of the story and promised much more drama in the next novel. Concluding Thoughts AHHHH! I absolutely LOVED this book!! 5 star ratings are not run of the mill for me, but Ignite the Stars had everything I wanted in a book. It was action packed, the characters had a depth and inner struggle, and a dash of romance. It also just makes my heart sing, knowing that such a fierce female MC is a POC who shares a similar heritage as me. Even though this novel was amazing, I feel like Maura just scratched the surface of what Ia has to offer, the ending leaves room for an even more action packed sequel and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next of the legendary Blood Wolf of the Skies! I would highly recommend you pre-order this novel. It’s a book that you most definitely want to read, so you might as well pre-order it now and take advantage of the awesome pre-order campaign, which will get you an enamel pin of Ia Cocha’s red feather.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    Ignite the Stars has an interesting premise that unfortunately failed to captivate me. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. I was bored a lot and found the writing a little simplistic. Neither the characters, nor the story had a real complexity. I did like Ia, Brinn, and Knives but didn't think their characters were well developed. One of the things that annoyed me the most is how the author solved the problems that Ia (mostly) faced. If she needed to record or analyze anything, Ignite the Stars has an interesting premise that unfortunately failed to captivate me. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. I was bored a lot and found the writing a little simplistic. Neither the characters, nor the story had a real complexity. I did like Ia, Brinn, and Knives but didn't think their characters were well developed. One of the things that annoyed me the most is how the author solved the problems that Ia (mostly) faced. If she needed to record or analyze anything, she had a build-in camera in her eyelid. If she needed to open a voice-activated lock, she had a voice altering device implanted in her mouth to change her voice. If she needed to unlock fingerprint activated doors, she had something on her thumb that could copy other people's fingerprints. If she needed to contact her brother secretly, she had an implant in her head/brain that enabled her to chat with Einn. How convenient! Most of the obstacles she faced were solved by her having all these devices and not because of her cunning or skills. Also how come no other humans had any of these gadgets? This may sound mean and I am sorry for that but I must say, it felt like lazy writing to me. I think I am falling out of love with YA sci-fi books set in space. The last few books I've read in this genre were all disappointing and I will probably be taking a break from this type of stories. *ARC provided by the publisher vie Edelweiss.
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars! Even though initially I almost felt like this would be rated lower because the pacing and set-up felt a little clunky, I actually really ended up enjoying myself. It was a fun space adventure (that I could see as a film or tv series with more development)!
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  • Aleksandra
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds very promising and the pretty cover definitely doesn't hurt!
  • Rebecca Sky
    January 1, 1970
    I only read the first chapter but it was soooo good. I rarely get this hooked. I'm desperate for this book. You'll find me in line at BookCon for one cause I can't wait for my preorder to get here! The MC is fierce and compassionate, a combo that is not so easily balanced. Did I mention I'm excited yet???
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  • Sionna
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE 2/12 I got approved to read this one through Netgalley!! :D 2/11I saw "ignite" and "stars" and thought this had something to do with Geekerella, then read those first three lines and think I became even more excited. So glad I checked what this book is about. Outlaws, space... I'm sold ^_^
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