Echo Among Stars is 214 pages of thought provoking, pure Dystopian novel goodness. 16 year old Eden Huntleigh and her family live in the district of Empyrean, which is ruled by the Renegades and their leader Cesar. Their whole lives are controlled from their food and drink rations, to their education and who they shall marry. Disobedience is in no way tolerated and the streets are patrolled by Bots, always poised ready to strike down with their weapons. Eden was given a necklace by her grandfather before he died, one which she can never take off and she has no clue why.
The necklace leads her to join a group of rebels who want to change the regime. Soon Eden’s life is thrown into turmoil as her family are kidnapped by Cesar and she must work with the rebels to save her families life. Once close to the Empyrean Palace, Eden faces the true horrors of what they are about to face.
I thoroughly enjoyed Echo Among Stars, although at times I found the novel to be rather fast paced as things were progressing rather quickly, it didn’t seem long from Eden meeting the rebels to her joining them to fight for her families survival and rescue them. Personally I would of really enjoyed to find out more about the training process and experience more of Eden learning of her abilities although this is a wish that I suppose could not be accommodated as the story line of her families kidnapping was already unraveling therefore Eden’s character was more focused on rescuing her family.
Echo Among Star’s reminded me of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare as Doubles is similar to Parabati. Finding someone who you trust with your life, someone who makes you better. One quote in Echo Among Stars which gives the meaning to the books title is ‘What we have is a gift, A rare, special gift. Think about it, not only do we share this… this thing between us, but we are only one out of a thousand that are lucky enough to be something so extraordinary and unique, like two halves of a whole. An Echo Among Stars’ . I thought this quote in particular was a beautiful moment shared between Eden and Leo, tying in the novel’s title to the story and giving it more meaning.
I give Echo Among Stars 4.5 stars. I had to just nip a little off from the full 5 stars purely because at times I felt the story to be moving a little too fast. Echo Among Stars is a brilliant first novel to the series and I can’t wait for the next book to find out what happens to Eden. The first book does end on a cliffhanger and is an ending which is slightly hinted at but I still found myself sat with my mouth open in shock wondering what just happened. I definitely need to read the following book soon to find out Edens fate.
Additionally to this Joanna S. Morris’ choice to use Eden as our narrator and tell the story through first person is one aspect which I particularly favored as it gives the reader an opportunity to experience Eden’s thoughts and feelings as she first experiences everything herself.
Joanna S. Morris is a fantastic author, I found it no problem whats so ever engaging in her writing style and she has created a dystopian world filled with so many different elements such as magic that as a reader you are never sure what will happen next. We are forever in suspense, wanting to read on to find out what will happen next.
Furthermore the world Joanna has created is not the only thing filled with different elements, the whole novel itself has so many different techniques and styles of a range of genres within it, that it fully leaves you as a reader satisfied after completing the novel. There is suspense, romance and not to mention magical elements all mixed in to this dystopian world.
If you have read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Divergent by Veronica Roth then I recommend trying out Echo Among Stars.
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