Stars and Bones by Gareth L. Powell

2 stars. I wanted to like this book and it started off with a bang-then fizzled. The plot is a good one. Eryn is a navigation/scout ship pilot for the Thousand Arks of the Continuance. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but, who the Continuance is and how they came about is an awesome bit of world building. The stage is set, the characters are interesting and the story had me settled in for a good long all-night marathon of a read. And then what happened, you ask? I’m not sure! The book suddenly turned into a YA mess of overwrought characters doing stupid things and missing the obvious; there were so many crumbs of fantastic storytelling that got lost under the weight of the dramatic hand wringing, buckets of tears, and awkward attempts at a romantic sub-plot. This was another book that made no sense until I read the author’s notes at the end. Now that I sort of understand how he lost his way with the book, I’ll give it 2 stars. I really wish he would have held off until things got back on track after the pandemic and started over; this could have been an epic space opera. Having said all that, I would read another book with these characters in this world because it really had the bones of something awesome.

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