IGIST: New Stars (Book 1 of the YA Science Fiction Series)
Ever since her mother disappeared, Emi was a light sleeper. Most nights she lay awake, wondering when the plague would strike. It had ruined most of the planet, leaving the Bygones on Earth restless and without hope. There has to be a way, her father had promised her. A way to escape Earth and observe the wonders of space. A way to defeat the plague and save the Bygones. A way to advance science like her mother and achieve her dream of joining the best and brightest inventors in the universe at the Intergalactic Institute of Science and Technology, or IGIST. As old stars die, new stars are born.
IGIST: New Stars is the first book in the Young Adult Science Fiction adventure series with over 30,000 readers in over 30 countries. Beloved by fans and critics for its strong, smart heroine and colorful cast of half-human-half-animal misfits, dynamic droids, tenacious Martians, tycoons from the Asteroid Belt, and holographic deep-space scouts, IGIST: New Stars not only enthralls its audience with an otherworldly adventure, but also inspires them to build the future that they want to live in.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10
Plot: IGIST: New Stars is more than just a decent introduction into this science fiction series for younger readers. Its action-adventure plot and coming-of-age story are sure to enthrall young audiences.
Prose/Style: Larson has well written and easy-to-understand prose that fits the genre well, replete with an extensive description of characters’ backstories, motives, and actions.
Originality: By pairing the book with a free app, Larson not only provides an added and somewhat futuristic experience to the standard reading journey but also truly emphasizes the wonder of space exploration.
Character Development: The characters in L.S. Larson’s science fiction series are a fascinating and broad-ranging menagerie. Emi is a relatable young girl who is determined to attend the elite IGIST school in space. While the concept is not entirely new, the book offers exciting and uncommon adventures and misadventures along the way.
Date Submitted: August 19, 2019