The glow of fallen stars by Kate Ling
Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017. ISBN 9781510200180
(Age: 13+) Recommended for people thirteen and up who have an interested in sci-fi/romance. Like the previous novel in the series, The loneliness of distant beings, The glow of fallen stars has a slow start. Seren, Mari, Ezra, and Dom have landed on Huxley-3, a planet with the potential for supporting human life after escaping from Ventura, the ship on which they were all born. Seren and Dom are celebrating their freedom, meanwhile Mari and Ezra's thoughts turn more practical - how are they going to spend the rest of their lives stranded on an island on an alien planet?
After an encounter with some glowing coral, both Seren and Ezra are struck by a relentless sickness which renders them unconscious and close to death. Having both recovered, but being rendered weak by the sickness, lack of food, and torrential rains, the four are driven by desperation to take the boat and make for the mainland. Days pass, and luck brings them to a coastline where they soon find a pioneer settlement from the ship Concordia. The people of Concordia, like Ventura, originated from Earth. But what will come of their lives now, living on planet for the first time? It seems as if everything has changed, but has it really? Have Seren and Dom achieved their goal of being together, or will Concordia's breeding program spell disaster?
While quite a bit of Seren and Dom's relationship is portrayed as lust, problems caused by lies, trust, and outsiders are also explored. Friendships are formed, broken, and transformed across the pages and the importance of forgiveness, acceptance, and talking are all approached. I would recommend to people thirteen and up who have an interested in sci-fi/romance.
Kayla Gaskell, 21