BOOK REVIEW: From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

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My rating: ★★★

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Contemporary

Publication Date: May 19, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

My review:

Copy was provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I requested this book on NetGalley because well, the cover caught my attention. It’s so pretty! I really like the title too.I read the synopsis and I didn’t have any clue that it has aliens in it! It sounded like any contemporary book so I was a little surprised.

Let me first talk to you about what I didn’t like about this book. I would have liked this book if it weren’t for the main character, Emma. She’s obsessive and clingy to her boyfriend, Lucas.

When we were together, Lucas always took charge, because I wanted him too. I let him drive, pick the movies, decide where we’d eat. Not that I didn’t have an opinion, or that he wouldn’t have done what I wanted if I had asked. The truth was that I just wanted to be part of his world.  What we did wasn’t important to me as long as we were together. That’s how our relationship had always worked. But now everything had shifted to me, the weight was on my shoulders, and I sure wasn’t feeling prepared.

She’s that obsessed over her boyfriend that I couldn’t connect to her at all. It’s so irritating.

I’d have given anything to see him be himself again, even if it meant he would be angry or depressed. Anything would be an improvement over this nothing.

Emma, you can’t just wish someone to be depressed just so he can be your full-time boyfriend again. Seriously.

Scout the alien and Eric were pretty adorable but other than those two the characters in this book are just meh.

What I liked about this book is the writing and how it showed how other creatures might have viewed our life here on earth. In a way, it reminded me of the movie. PK. I liked how the beginning of the book started with a dog’s POV. It’s pretty cool. I also like Scout’s planet. I kind of wish he will have a story of his own.

Overall, this book is okay. It would have been better without the annoying main character and if the other characters stood out. I guess if you’re really into aliens, you’ll like this one.

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4 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

  1. I’ve seen reviews talking about Emma’s obsession with Lucas. Characters who easily get obsessed really creep me out! I do like the sound of this book giving you insight on what OTHER species think of US. Lovely review, Angel!

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