Review of The Stars now Unclaimed by Drew Williams

I received a copy of this book through Net Galley’s E-Arc scheme as the book is not due for release until 21.08.18.

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plot:

Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages.

Hot on her trail is the Pax–a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the pulse.

Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.

And that’s just the beginning . . .

Sci-Fi is fast becoming one of my favourite genres and this book certainly didn’t disappoint! I have to say that the story did start off slow but within a few chapters I was hooked. Jane and Esa are both characters that are easy to relate to. One simply trying to fix a mistake that she had had a part in making and another dumped in the middle of war that she had no part in starting.

One of my favourite characters is Schaz. Schaz is the AI unit inside Janes ship, witty, sarcastic and sensitive, you felt an emotional bond with her even knowing she didn’t physically exist. The antagonist isn’t so much  a person as a race of people called the Pax. They are essentially scavengers, raiding planets effected by the pulse for its resources and residents to join their ranks. A faceless army that wants to destroy the universe.

There were parts of the story that I struggled with. This was generally when we were being introduced to a new species which, with this being the start  of a series, was understandable.

Overall I enjoyed this book and will definitely be picking up the sequel when it is released!

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