Last Star Burning

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 10 Oct 2017

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Sev’s mother was a traitor to her people and also to her daughter. After her father and sister were killed, Sev alone suffers the ignominy of her mother’s betrayal. Born into the First Class, Sev has now dropped down to Fourth, is forced to live in an orphanage and must work in a canning factory. To remind everyone of the treachery, her mother’s body is held in suspended animation, encased in glass above the gate to the city. When an explosion is blamed on Sev, she finds herself on the run with a boy who is willing to help her escape. As they leave the city, they must survive attacks from horrible creatures and monstrous people infected with a virus. Another threat is from the Reds...

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I liked the initial set up. This world is set up with clear rules, structure and hings of manipulation and societal secrets from the very beginning. Characterization is decent, strong for a few characters, adequate for most. Initially I was very engaged with the plot, but as the novel progressed I found it a little wearying, perhaps a bit bloated.
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Reading this book, I could imagine the author, who is a white American woman with a background in East Asian Studies, reading a bunch of popular YA dystopian novels (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.), and thinking, "Hey, I can do that!". And for the most part, she was right: She CAN do that. Overall, Last Star Burning is an enjoyable entry in the YA dystopian genre. I was impressed by Sangster's writing and world-building, and I appreciated the Asian influences -- especially the fact that nearly all the characters are Asian, or at least of Asian descent in what appears to be a far-future Earth. What brought this book down for me were some problems with the pacing and plotting in the...

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This book was a fantastic debut! At first, I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. I would probably categorize the story as dystopian rather than fantasy. Although some elements may seem similar to other series like Divergent or The Hunger Games, Last Star Burning was also able to stand out on its own as unique. I was drawn in right from the beginning: "They say war is no dinner party. Not refined, graceful, courteous, or magnanimous. It's complete devastation." What an opening. It effectively sets the tone for most of the story while incorporating an allusion to Chinese culture - as the author notes at the end of the book. Sev's voice was strong, and I was...

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Unfortunately, I was not able to finish this book. I was under the impression that it was a fantasy novel but reads more like SCi-Fi. Thank you for the opportunity!
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Such an interesting concept. Totally something I'd recommend to my students.
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Last Star Burning is a Young Adult/Post Apocalyptic novel much like the Fifth Wave but with a different storyline. This world is divided by class, ruled by the corrupted leaders who very well divided the people in the first place. The city is plagued with an incurable disease that can cause madness, which can be only be controlled by a drug called Mantis. Unfortunately, that drag is also controlled by the government. It is believed that Sev’s mother is responsible for spreading this disease. Charged as a traitor and now imprisoned and displayed for the world to see. A reminder of what can happen if you break the law. Sev is also branded as a “low starred civilian” but also known as the...

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When we were given the chance to participate in this Last Star Burning book tour I was intrigued. The synopsis was great and I was looking forward to some kind of epic fantasy adventure. Like a lot of early reviewers I looked at the cover and took the book as some sort of fantasy novel. What I got in the end, though, was even better than that. Last Star Burning isn’t really fantasy adventure but instead a dystopian, science fiction thriller — which is great because I love science fiction. The book rehashes a few of the usual dystopian tropes and then flips them on their heads to create a unique, captivating story. I enjoyed that angle a lot in part because the trend in young adult...

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Last Star Burning, by debut author Caitlin Sangster, is the first installment in the authors Last Star Burning series. For the past 8 years, Sevvy Jiang has been labeled as a Fourth Class citizen all because the City Proletariat claims that her own mother betrayed the city by infecting her own daughter with the so called encephalitis lethargica, or sleeping sickness. A sickness that can only be settled with a drug called Mantis. Sevvy has been branded with a star seared into her flesh as a way to indicate that she is the daughter of a traitor, and has been forced to undergo indoctrination. Sevvy is the last remaining member of her family since her mother currently hangs in stasis in a...

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This book is more post apocalyptic than fantasy, regardless, this story was stunning! This book is fast paced and it's non stop action till the end. We follow Sev's journey in discovering the truth about her mother, the government, and why she was branded a traitor. It's hard to trust anyone in this story. The government wants to pin Sev as the prime suspect of a major event just for being the daughter of a traitor. Sev is very clever and sharp. I really enjoyed reading from her point of view as she navigates through the truth and lies of her society. I loved the setting as well. It was so well thought out. This book kept me up late at night because I wanted answers to the many questions...

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This novel was pure young adult perfection! While it's being marketed as a fantasy, I (like many other reviewers) felt this fell more under the realm of a science fiction/dystopian world with fairy tale elements, and it was absolutely brilliant. I had a hard time putting this book down; it had non-stop action, bigger than life characters, and a setting that was so unique and exquisite it was to die for. As the first in a new series, there was a good bit of world building, but it wasn't the typical info dump that causes most debuts to slow down and lose readers along the way. I'm not sure what else to say other than I loved, loved, LOVED IT! Between the gorgeous cover and the perfect balance...

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Last Star Burning was such a delight to read! This book was a nonstop adventure that I couldn't stop reading! Sangster created a gripping and addictive novel full of action and mystery. There wasn't a single moment in this book that bored me. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!! I seriously stayed up so late finishing this book AND I HAVE ZERO REGRETS!!! The dystopian world the author created in this novel was so immersive and unique. There were so many interesting elements to the world that kept presenting impossible obstacles for the characters and gripping mysteries. I loved the political intrigue and web of lies that the characters got tangled in. I never knew who to trust and I...

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Branded as a traitor for her mother’s actions, Sev’s life is spent paying for sins that are not her own. The complex society with roots in China’s Cultural Revolution is defined by a world where you are your class. Part Sleeping Beauty, part dystopian; the strength of the world building is matched by the complex and fierce characters. A must read! Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Sev was branded as a traitor and criminal when she was only eight years old, her only crime being her mother’s daughter. Sev’s mother had betrayed their entire nation and now her body is displayed in a paralyzed half-sleep above Traitor’s Arch for all to see what happens when going against the city. Sev’s mother had brought the same plague into their safe zone that now keeps her on display reminding all those of her crimes. When Sev is out with her only friend who still treats her as if she is still the same girl before being branded a bomb explodes injuring them both. When Sev awakens she finds that the government is putting the blame for the bomb directly upon her so she must either...

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Like several other reviewers, the striking cover led me to believe this was a fantasy, but it's definitely dystopian - being a fan of that genre, however, I wasn't disappointed. This was more of a slow burn for me. The first couple of chapters or so were quite confusing, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to settle in with this book, but once Sev meets Howl and escapes the city, the story found its stride and hooked me. The intricately layered and original world-building is done well and I enjoyed immersing myself in this world. Sev is a likable protagonist - flawed, stubborn, bold, and intelligent. The supporting cast is high in number and suspicion - trust doesn't come easy for Sev...

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Last Star Burning is one of the best dystopian fiction novels I've read, and what makes it even more incredible is that it's the debut novel from Caitlin Sangster. Filled with exquisite world-building and larger than life characters, this is a story readers will remember long after reaching the thrilling conclusion. It's going to be difficult to wait until October 2018 for the sequel!
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I almost put this book down at first...not because of bad writing, but because the basic plot was VERY similar to a book I had just read (thanks to netgalley). Luckily, I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the story, and the struggle throughout. I loved that she trusted her instincts. I did knock it down one star, though, because though I know she was out of her element and so many things were so confusing after years of propoganda...but the fact that Sevvy just sat around and let things happen while in the mountain drove me up a wall. She didn't get a backbone until it was pretty much too late. She could tell people were hiding things...but didn't push to learn them...she waited for...

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