Monday, July 18, 2011

Under the Stars by Rebecca A. Rogers (ARC)

Under the Stars
Rebecca A. Rogers
Expected Publication : August 1, 2011

After seventeen-year-old Andrina’s home is demolished by meteors, she encourages her family to relocate to Legora, one of the few remaining cities that promise a new life to weary travelers. But Legora’s food and supplies are in shortage—too many refugees have sought protection behind its gates—and the only option is to appeal to the King of the New World for provisions. When the town assembles a lottery to choose who will plea to the king, Andrina holds the ill-fated ticket.

Her arrival in Valyad, the royal territory, sparks intrigue from King Zarek. Andrina can’t imagine herself acting like the other girls, who flounce after Zarek’s affection and money, but she considers giving in to her flirty side if it’ll guarantee that her family is fed. So when Zarek leaves Andrina with a bitter decision—marry him or he’ll strip Legora of its supplies—she has no choice but to accept being Queen of the New World.

Soon, though, Andrina uncovers that Valyad is smothered in deceit. Days after their wedding, Zarek is found stabbed to death and all fingers point to Andrina. Betrayed by Valyad’s governor, who wants the crown for himself, Andrina learns that it’s the people who will cast a vote on her fate; people who don’t want a commoner operating their kingdom. Andrina must not only convince Valyad that their king didn’t die by her hand, but also outsmart the sly politicians of the realm with a surprise they can’t outrun.

Not all fairytales end happily - but there's beauty in their demise. Andrina agrees to marry the Kind of the New World only to keep her family and people of Legora supplied with the necessities to survive the world that’s crumbling outside their dome-protected city. But when her husband is murdered beside her in the night, all fingers point toward Andrina, even though she has nothing to gain and everything to lose.

I won't say anything more because I don't wanna give anything away, but Andrina's tragic ending actually made me cry. Under the Stars is a well-developed novel with strong character development and realistic consequences one would expect in a dystopian society that's been corrupted by politicians.

ARC provided by Author for honest review.


Melissa Lemon said...

Oooh, that sounds good. Thanks for the review. Have I ever told you how much I love the name of your blog and the picture at the top? I LOVE them. They make me think of all of the crazy dreams I have and how some of them spark book ideas.

Devon Ashley said...

Thanks! I love that it's so whimsical. And it makes me think of all the crazy dreams I usually have (although they've been few and far apart since I got pregnant and had a little boy...hmmm.) :)

Rebecca A. Rogers said...

Wow, this book sounds good! I'll have to check it out. :D lol

Devon Ashley said...

Goober. Somehow I think you'll like it.

Rebecca A. Rogers said...

I don't know... Most people hate books by Rebecca A. Rogers. I heard she sucksssss. I'm torn, so this will go on my GRs "maybe" list for now.