Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn is a YA Fantasy of a starving society and a girl who just may be able to sacrifice herself to feed them.
“In a world where nutrition can be transferred via a pill, and society is split into Eaters and Non-Eaters, seventeen-year-old Princess Vela has a grave dilemma. Her father, the king, is dying, and only a transplant of organs from a healthy Non-Eater boy will save him.
Vela is tasked with choosing a boy fit to die for the king, which is impossible enough. But then Carr, the boy she’s loved all her life, emerges as the best candidate in the Bittersweet Trials. And he’s determined to win, because by doing so, he can save the life of his Non-Eater sister.
Refusing to accept losing the boy she loves, Vela bends the rules and cheats. But when someone begins to sabotage the Trials, Vela must reevaluate her own integrity—and learn the true sacrifice of becoming a ruler.“
This was such a unique story!
This society sees heavier people as luxurious due to the society struggling with not having enough food supply to feed them all. But not only that. Add on the concept that only a select few people actually get to eat the real food while the others gain their nutrients from pills only! The sacrifice of those who are able to eat allow whole communities to thrive while taking away a huge chunk of their years away.
I can say that I’ve never read a story quite like this one.
There are so many fun, creative twists to this story that I couldn’t help but read until the very end! I read this book in one day, and that ending really hit me.
There is romance in this story which was beautifully written and left me wanting more! And don’t worry, this one isn’t insta-lovey. The fantasy aspect of the story with the King ready to choose his Successor and the sisters’ competition to win the spot, you can’t help but watch as it unfolds.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. This was a super quick read, and I highly enjoyed every page of it.
Published: 2 October 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: ARC from YA Bound Book Tours
“Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.”
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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