Stars, Hide Your Fires
by Jessica Best
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 21 Aug 2023
A wanted thief. A murdered emperor. A killer loose on the station.
Knives Out goes sci-fi in this gripping YA mystery set in space.
As an expert thief from a minor moon, Cass knows a good mark when she sees one. The emperor’s ball is her chance to steal a fortune for herself, her ailing father, and her scrappy crew of thieves and market vendors.
Her plan is simple:
1. Hitch a ride to the planet of Ouris, the dazzling heart of the empire.
2. Sneak onto the imperial palace station to attend the emperor’s ball.
3. Steal from the rich, the royal, and the insufferable.
But on the station, things quickly go awry. When the emperor is found dead, everyone in the palace is a suspect—and someone is setting Cass up to take the fall. To clear her name, Cass must work with an unlikely ally: a gorgeous and mysterious rebel with her own reasons for being on the station. Together, they unravel a secret that could change the fate of the empire.
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Average rating from 79 members
I loved it! I love all of Jessica Best's creations (check out her music and podcasts). I would describe this book as the cast of Les Miserables is trapped in a Hamlet retelling in space, where they're being framed for the death of King Hamlet and have to solve the murder to clear their names. It's a lot of fun. For fans of Winter's Orbit and Belle Revolte or anyone who likes mystery and politics in their SF.
Loved this book! A great cast of characters and fast-paced action. So many fantasies and science fiction books that come across my desk lately are heavily descriptive in place and setting, and I appreciate that this one felt like "jumping right in"..I was thinking this story was giving me "Knives Out" vibes, and when I went back and checked the description, that's what it said! I would add that I also got CInder (M. Meyer) vibes, which is never a bad thing.
The plot of the book is intricately woven, featuring unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. The pacing is well-maintained, balancing moments of intense action with quieter introspective scenes. The author's ability to maintain suspense and tension throughout the story creates a page-turning reading experience that will leave readers eager to uncover the truth.
Stars, Hide Your Fires explores themes of power, corruption, and the fight for justice in a dystopian society. The novel delves into the consequences of unchecked technological advancements and the moral dilemmas faced by those who seek to challenge the status quo. Best's thought-provoking exploration of these themes adds depth and complexity to the story, prompting readers to reflect on the role of technology and the potential pitfalls of its misuse.