Title: The Argent Star
Author: Emerson Fray
Publisher: Createspace Independent
Length: 368 Pages
Ren Argent wanted to be an archeologist and spend her life exploring the lost cities of Earth. But when a new planet is discovered and her father is appointed King, she has to leave behind everything she knows to rule over a place she’s only heard of in legends.
Not long after her arrival she discovers there are insurgents hiding in the darkened forests and the planet is on the brink of civil war. It won’t be long until the Monarchy steps in to “neutralize” the threat.
Will she be able to stop the hostile takeover? Or will her actions ignite a rebellion across the universe?
My first thoughts on this book was that it was way too technical. I feel like there was so much jargon to sift through, and it wasn’t written in a way to make it interesting. The ideal situation with jargon is The Martian, but The Argent Star is a far cry from Andy Weir’s bestseller. This book also had a crazy and abrupt cliff hanger that feels like he was trying too hard.
The positives were that the scenery was nice and described well, and the writing style was easy to read. The conflict was believable, with enough moral dilemmas and political issues to keep the small cast of characters moving through the plot.
I did think it could have benefited from more hardships, though. There can never be too much conflict, and things happened a little too easily for the characters. I didn’t feel like there was enough information about the characters, either, and it made it difficult for me to get attached to them and care about them.
Bottom line? If you have other books to read, maybe pass on this one for other YA fantasy works. FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.