Black Star Renegades

Black Star RenegadesBlack Star Renegades by Michael Moreci
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 2nd 2018
Pages: 375
ISBN: 1250117844
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Galaxy hoping, space rebels, evil characters, pilots, friends, foes, robots, sword fights, backstabbing and an epic quest all take place in this book. The galaxy is at war and they need the “chosen one” foretold by legend, to swoop in and save the day. But what happens when the chosen one meets his demise, and another must step up to the plate?

Cade and his older brother, Tristan, are orphans who travel to the caves of Quarry on a mission. There tragedy strikes, and Cade is the sole survivor. He was supposed to walk out with his brother Tristan who was the chosen one, but they were not the only ones in the cave, which left Cade in possession of the Rokura (mystical weapon), and the responsibility to right wrongs and save the galaxy. Cade does not really want to be the “Paragon” and becomes a reluctant hero in this book.

First and foremost: My advice is to read the glossary. I put a book mark in the back of the book, so I could easily turn to the glossary when I had a question as to who a character was, etc. I found it helped me to keep track of everyone and the places they went, implements they used, etc. I didn’t realize the book had a glossary initially. I wish I would have discovered the glossary in the very beginning of the book. I was struggling a little in the beginning of this book – keeping everything straight. I do not read a lot of sci-fi books and I have a hard time visualizing things/environments/etc and that do not “exist” so having the glossary helped immensely. Plus, characters and places have unusual words, so the glossary proved helpful again. Eventually, I did not need the glossary, but I did find it very helpful.

There is a lot of conflict in this book as one would expect with a “we-must-save-the-galaxy” book! There are battles, sword fights, revelations, and a rag tag group who ban together to save the day…errr, galaxy! The story is a little predictable but that should not deter anyone. Sometimes it is about the journey. This book is an homage to Star Wars and it shows. I think that this book should be read with that in mind. This book has a strong YA feel to it for me, which is not a critique or a bad thing whatsoever. I believe teens and sci-fi fans will enjoy this. I am not a big science fiction reader and I did struggle with parts of this book. Specifically, I struggled in the beginning but found as the book progressed, I enjoyed it more.

I received a copy of this book form the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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