Series: Starglass #1
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 23, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space
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Rating: Did Not Finish
Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn't interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he's yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she's got.
But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain's guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship's idyllic surface. As she's drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime—one that will determine the fate of her people.
Okay I have to admit that I didn’t get that far into Starglass before putting it down. I maybe only got like 30% through it. Unfortunately I realized that I wasn’t clicking with it and nothing was making me want to keep reading.
The first thing that threw me off guard was the strong focus on Judaism. I have nothing against Judaism but I’m not a religious person and a ton of religious stuff in books turns me off; that’s just my personal preference. And with people in Starglass constantly talking about Judaism and saying, “mazel tov” and “mitzvah” on every page… it just wasn’t my thing.
On top of that, the plot in general wasn’t grabbing me. I felt like I didn’t have a clear idea of where it was headed, and I couldn’t bring myself to get excited about it. I read for about an hour or two straight, then went to bed, and I just had no desire to pick the book up again in the morning. 🙁 I was ready to move onto something else.
I’m really disappointed though, because I was imagining “The next Across the Universe! But that didn’t really happen, at least not for me!
If you read the book, I hope you have better luck than I did! I think if you can get past the Judaism references you might have an easier time with the book. I just didn’t expect that at all and was completely thrown off guard.