Tarnished Are the Stars
The Lunar Chronicles meets Rook in this queer #OwnVoices science-fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sharon Cameron.A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher's chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog -- donning the moniker Technician -- to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner's tyrannical laws.Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner's son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father's respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father's elusive affection is worth chasing at all.Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner's secrets at any cost -- even if it means betraying her own heart.When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic -- before the Commissioner ends them first.

Tarnished Are the Stars Details

TitleTarnished Are the Stars
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 15th, 2019
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139781338312270
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, LGBT

Tarnished Are the Stars Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely writing but I just couldn’t connect with the story. It could also be that I’m hard to please with any sci-fi book! However, there is good diversity and I think a lot of people will like it.
  • K. Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    So I read an early version of this book and it was GREAT, and basically, everyone should be adding this to their to-read lists because it's a great ride full of lesbians and aces in space with cool world-building. Why are you still reading this, go add this book to your lists!!!
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  • Claudie Arseneault
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. I'm also friends with the author.cw: abuse, parental death (on and off screen), surgeryFinishing books past midnight always messes up with my ability to write proper reviews, but also... it tells you how incapable of going to bed I was!TARNISHED ARE THE STARS is a beautiful and incredibly queer book at the heart of which lies the power of trust and friendship, especially in breaking out of abusive relationships. It's fast paced but g DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. I'm also friends with the author.cw: abuse, parental death (on and off screen), surgeryFinishing books past midnight always messes up with my ability to write proper reviews, but also... it tells you how incapable of going to bed I was!TARNISHED ARE THE STARS is a beautiful and incredibly queer book at the heart of which lies the power of trust and friendship, especially in breaking out of abusive relationships. It's fast paced but gives plenty of time to self-reflection, its characters breathe and live fully, especially when interacting with one another, it layers its plot little by little, complexifying as it goes... Honestly, it's a solid book in just about every aspect. I DO think the end felt a little rushed, like revelations and final confrontations had been pushed too tightly together for us to absorb, but that might also have to do with me blasting through it while tired. Probably a bit of both.The other thing I deeply want to talk about is the absolutely lovely aro and ace rep in this. I love Nathaniel's relationship to his queerness throughout the story. He doesn't have the words for it at first, and he struggles with the expectations placed on him, but he is very confident that he -doesn't- and -won't- experience attraction; the way he simultaneous knows himself but feels left out by the world is so well done, and not something I've often encountered, especially in YA. It was amazing to read, and I'm looking forward to re-reading so I can see how it's done. I also really appreciate the way Rosiee Thor compares and contrasts some elements of queerness with Eliza (who is a lesbian), how their entire discussion about it and labels is warm, fuzzy, and flows naturally. I have the whole thing highlighted, I swear.All in all, keep an eye out for this book. It's a great read, it's good queer rep, and it makes my aroace heart sing.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    that cover is so crooked
  • Nafiza
    January 1, 1970
    So excellent on so many levels.
  • AdriAnne
    January 1, 1970
    Sharply characterized and beautifully written, Tarished Are the Stars was a look at a too-close-for-comfort earth-like planet and the way the best of intentions in trying to create a better future can go awry. I loved the complexity of the interactions, motivations, and the machinations--nothing was black or white. The characters were my favorite part of all, and they especially shined in the form of Anna, Nathaniel, and Eliza and their entanglements with each other. I love how they came up agai Sharply characterized and beautifully written, Tarished Are the Stars was a look at a too-close-for-comfort earth-like planet and the way the best of intentions in trying to create a better future can go awry. I loved the complexity of the interactions, motivations, and the machinations--nothing was black or white. The characters were my favorite part of all, and they especially shined in the form of Anna, Nathaniel, and Eliza and their entanglements with each other. I love how they came up against incredibly difficult choices and made mistakes with weighty consequences--Rosiee Thor did not go easy on them. And yet they were entirely sympathetic, and all so distinct in the way they handled their respective journeys. So much character growth! As a cherry on top, the f/f romance was incredibly swoon-worthy, and yet the ace friendships carried just as much emotional weight as those with sexual tension. Highly recommended for fans of the Lunar Chronicles, "morally complex" YA, and anyone needing more queerness in their SFF. A strong debut!
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  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me, was this book written with my interests in mind?! Science fiction, outlaws, infections spreading, and queer? Sign me the heck up!1/24/19: THAT COVER REVEAL THO 😍😍😍I am so excited that Tarnished Are the Stars will be one of the Reader Voracious Novel19 Books! More information about this book and the rest of my Novel19 class will be posted on my blog in mid-January! Blog | Twitter | Pinterest!
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  • Sasha Nanua
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early draft of this and I can say, truthfully, that it's such an engaging, quick page-turning read, and I loved the multiple POVs and they way they wove together so well! Rosiee is gifted in her talent for words (especially the sci-fi kind!) and I can't wait to read the finished version to see how much farther this book has been taken! Releasing 2019, read late 2016/early 2017. Rating: 5 stars
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  • Kim Smejkal
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this book and loved it. The characters are vivid and real, the conflict is intense, the setting is so unique. Then I found out that my fav character* was not only getting more page time but also her own point of view?!?!? Dead. I am sooooo excited to read this again when it comes out! *Eliza ELIZA Eliza
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Ooo this sounds promising and I like the cover!
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars but I rounded up. I enjoyed this book however I would have wanted some more world building and character development. This story could have easily spanned two or three books and I would have read them all. I want to know so much more about Anna, Eliza and Nathaniel. The plot was fairly predictable but engaging. I’d would have loved to see some more of our villain as well. Overall I would recommend this book as it’s a quick and fun read. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Rosi 3.5 stars but I rounded up. I enjoyed this book however I would have wanted some more world building and character development. This story could have easily spanned two or three books and I would have read them all. I want to know so much more about Anna, Eliza and Nathaniel. The plot was fairly predictable but engaging. I’d would have loved to see some more of our villain as well. Overall I would recommend this book as it’s a quick and fun read. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Rosiee Thor.
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  • Rachel Solomon
    January 1, 1970
    Masterful writing, immersive world, and three unique, wonderfully flawed protagonists. LOVED.
  • Leah (Jane Speare)
    January 1, 1970
    Great debut! Review tk soon.
  • Kalyn Josephson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved every little bit of this book <3 The characters stole my heart. I love Anna's bravery, Nathaniel's heart, and Eliza's cunning mind. Thor does such a fantastic job making you care for them from the start, and I was so utterly invested in their stories. Plus, reading about an AroAce character meant a lot <3 Especially watching him discover himself.I sped through the second half of this in one sitting! I originally had it on e-book which is hard for my eyes, so once I had a paper copy I loved every little bit of this book <3 The characters stole my heart. I love Anna's bravery, Nathaniel's heart, and Eliza's cunning mind. Thor does such a fantastic job making you care for them from the start, and I was so utterly invested in their stories. Plus, reading about an AroAce character meant a lot <3 Especially watching him discover himself.I sped through the second half of this in one sitting! I originally had it on e-book which is hard for my eyes, so once I had a paper copy I literally couldn't put it down. The plot is twisty and constantly kept me guessing, and the stakes were both grand and personal, which really made me feel the effects of everything that happened.Toss in sciency worldbuilding (my fav) and gorgeous writing, and this is one of my favorite reads of the year. I highly recommend it!
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  • Megan Manzano
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn't hard to fall in love with this book when Thor gives us an incredible dive into a blend of tech and alchemy. From the first page, I was hooked by a steampunkesque world and three very compelling and different main characters. We see how each character fits into a plot where metal erodes your heart and without a TICCER - a metal heart - you die. What's worse is the comissioner has outlawed tech making this operation illegal.Anna, Nathaniel, and Eliza have to work together to overthrow th It wasn't hard to fall in love with this book when Thor gives us an incredible dive into a blend of tech and alchemy. From the first page, I was hooked by a steampunkesque world and three very compelling and different main characters. We see how each character fits into a plot where metal erodes your heart and without a TICCER - a metal heart - you die. What's worse is the comissioner has outlawed tech making this operation illegal.Anna, Nathaniel, and Eliza have to work together to overthrow the comissioner while thwarting secrets of their pasts and deciding whose needs are most viable.Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down.
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  • Danny
    January 1, 1970
    "I don't know," Anna replied. "I doubt we'll ever know for sure. There are two sides to every story."Anna continued. "Sometimes it isn't the sides that count; it's where they intersect." This was an okay read, I loved the beginning and then got lost towards the end. While having a Asexual character is very unique and I liked it but I felt some of the book was pretty predictable and overrated.
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  • Ceciley
    January 1, 1970
    Very lovely, RTC
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic. This is what YA sci-fi should always be. TARNISHED ARE THE STARS is my new obsession.
  • Erica Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Look at that cover!!! Want, just for the cover.
  • Tara Tsai
    January 1, 1970
    Extremely enjoyable science-fantasy romp around Earth Adjacent, a world that's similar to ours, except Tech is strictly forbidden. I fell in love with Anna (the steampunk spitfire mechanic who helps fix illegal mechanical hearts and other parts), Nathaniel (the heir to the corrupt government who isn't sure how to stand up for himself but has a heart of gold... or actually literal steel) and Eliza (the cutthroat spy to the queen who wants nothing more than power until her unlikely pair of friends Extremely enjoyable science-fantasy romp around Earth Adjacent, a world that's similar to ours, except Tech is strictly forbidden. I fell in love with Anna (the steampunk spitfire mechanic who helps fix illegal mechanical hearts and other parts), Nathaniel (the heir to the corrupt government who isn't sure how to stand up for himself but has a heart of gold... or actually literal steel) and Eliza (the cutthroat spy to the queen who wants nothing more than power until her unlikely pair of friends start to show her that maybe power's not everything).There were so many turns in the story and I gasped aloud a few times from the action, I was so caught up! On top of that, one of the main characters identifies as asexual and aromantic (using those words!) within the novel. It's something I hadn't read in YA and this type of representation on the page is inspiring and so important to connect with readers who identify the same (or are still trying to figure it out).Delightful read in every way, highly suggest!
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  • Sarah Harrington
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early version of this book and absolutely adored it. The world drew me in from the very beginning of page one and I was hooked throughout the whole book. The characters are strong and distinct and the different POVs are woven together perfectly. While reading, I knew I was in the hands of a master storyteller. Rosiee crafts an incredible world full of memorable characters, lush descriptions, and edge-of-your-seat tension. I can't wait to read the published version of this book and be i I read an early version of this book and absolutely adored it. The world drew me in from the very beginning of page one and I was hooked throughout the whole book. The characters are strong and distinct and the different POVs are woven together perfectly. While reading, I knew I was in the hands of a master storyteller. Rosiee crafts an incredible world full of memorable characters, lush descriptions, and edge-of-your-seat tension. I can't wait to read the published version of this book and be immersed in this story with Anna, Eliza, and Nathaniel again!
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  • Shannon Fay
    January 1, 1970
    Can I just say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the current Ya cover trend is fancy titles on a pretty background? They're gorgeous now (and I'm so glad we got over that pretty girls in dresses on all the covers thing. Not that there aren't a few covers I adore, but let's be honest, this style taking is over is SOOO much better). Seriously, I'm in love with this trend of gorgeous covers with beautifully intricate wording on simple, but beautifully designed backdrops. It makes me so happy.
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  • Beatrix Conti
    January 1, 1970
    I read a pre-published version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so, I read it in one night (advisable even if you have work at 8 am the next day)! The cast of characters is brilliant and loveable. I think it'd appeal to those who enjoy light SFF and stories that incorporate imperialism in S P A C E. The writing and pacing are both snappy/fast paced. I had sooo many feels while reading...
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an eARC, and it's now one of my all-time favorite sci-fi books! The characters are amazing--real, lovable, each bringing something unique to the story--and they'll stay with you long after the last pages.And the SETTING! It has everything I love about sci-fi and historical fiction all swirled together. This is one of those stories where the setting is like another character itself.Do yourself a favor and read this book!
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  • Mara Fitzgerald
    January 1, 1970
    On-the-page ace rep and an f/f ship are both contained in this precious trio of disaster main characters. The world-building, setting, and style are evocative of HEART OF IRON and CINDER, but with unique elements all its own. It's funny and intense and full of shenanigans all at once and I'm so excited for more people to read it!!
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  • Louise ✨
    January 1, 1970
    A queer outlaw mechanic must team up with her worst enemies—the son of the man responsible for a sweeping epidemic of deadly heart disorders, and the alluring spy posing as his betrothed—to save her village and the planet.I WANT TO ADOPT THIS QUEER OUTLAW MECHANIC
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  • Emily Feldman
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read a pre-published version, and all I have to say is: a f/f ship! A cinnamon roll disaster boy! The worldbuilding and plot were excellent, but it was the main trio of characters who grabbed my heart and wouldn't let go, even after I finished the last page!
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  • Lindsay Verde
    January 1, 1970
    I read an early draft of this book and absolutely loved it. From the first sentence I was sucked into a world of intrigue, steampunk, tech, custard hats, aces, f/f, and emotional characters with real flaws. I can't wait to read the published version.
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  • Lana Pattinson
    January 1, 1970
    I read a pre-published version of this book.If you like🚀 sci fi⚙steampunk🔧strong females😍Then you’ll love this book! I read a pre-published version of this book.If you like🚀 sci fi⚙️steampunk🔧strong females😍Then you’ll love this book!
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