Ellie Whitmore is no ordinary girl. Even if her parents weren’t internationally famous celebrities, her six foot four inch height and oddly spotted complexion would make her stand out in any crowd. But never would she have guessed she was an alien from far across the galaxy. Or that hidden within her genetic makeup lies the Kyroibi: an ancient and powerful relic housing the forbidden knowledge of her people.
Knowledge some would sacrifice everything to possess.
Worse, it isn’t just the malevolent Emperor who wants the Kyroibi. Her own mother can’t resist the draw of ultimate power and the one person Ellie might be able to trust is an unrepentant assassin who may be responsible for her life’s upheaval. Now, she must travel to a distant planet and unlock the secrets to restoring peace and ending tyranny. But how can anyone expect her to save the galaxy when she can’t even pass organic chemistry?
Disclaimer: This review is my own personal experience. It does not represent the overall views of Team Escapist.
Hello! This is the second of six personal reviews I’ve written for Team Escapist’s Semifinalists.
I’m always curious about how an author addresses the “not like others” trope in their work. To be honest, it isn’t my favorite fiction trope in general. There was a time when books featuring this helped me get into and stay in the habit of reading. Regardless of my thoughts about it, I believe many readers will love Ellie’s journey and the opportunity to be absorbed in another world for a while. I hope Ellie’s journey inspires readers of all ages to discover their own passion for reading.
Ellie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that her entire existence has been a lie. Pacing was one aspect that didn’t sit well with me. It didn’t take long for her to go from regular girl to possible galactic savior. It was too fast for me, and I believe the admissions about her life could have been spread out more evenly. The familial drama was something I really liked. I always enjoy a story with some good old family drama. Ellie’s mother was a piece of work.
There’s a great adventure here that will appeal to readers of all ages, especially young adult readers. Ellie was fearless and frequently stuck up for herself. I admired her confidence in making difficult judgments. Many readers will be captivated by her character, I believe.
Once the plot had a chance to settle, the story held my attention. I liked the thought of being transported to other locations and experiencing feelings through the freckles. The writing was easy to read. The histories and backstories were interesting and added depth to the story.
Overall, I liked the plot and the themes. Certain characters stood out to me more than others. The romantic interest was an interesting character, but I couldn’t buy into the dash of romance. A Space Girl from Earth just took a little bit to grab my attention. Instead of front loading the story with revelation after revelation, I would have preferred to see more balance. I hadn’t built a connection with any of the characters yet and the effect of the reveals didn’t exactly work for me.
I use a rating system that considers the characters, setting/world building, atmosphere/tone, writing/narrative style, plot, intrigue, enjoyment, pacing, originality of ideas, and use of themes. After rating each of these areas individually out of 10, I add up, divide and I’m left with a final score that has taken into consideration many different aspects of the story. For the purpose of the SPSFC2 competition, I’m holding off on sharing my score until we announce as a team. Thank you for reading.
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