Sunday, 12 July 2015

Review: From a Distant Star - Karen McQuestion

Written by: Karen McQuestion
Published by: Skyscape
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 256
Purchase from:  Amazon  |  Book Depository

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.

If there is any story that I would automatically buy without a moments hesitation it would be an alien story, which is why when I saw this on NetGalley, with it's stunning cover, I immediately requested it. From A Distant Star follows Emma and her cancer cured boyfriend Lucas as they set off on a road trip to try to hide the huge secret that government agents are chasing for. I hate to admit it but if it weren't for the fact that I am a sucker for an alien read the rating of this book would unfortunately be a lot lower. 
"Tell Emma that I’m sending her less than three."
Firstly, let me just say that I so wanted to love this book, because it has everything that makes a brilliant story. Mystery, adventure, love and not to mention aliens are all woven in to the storyline. Yet because I had given it very high expectations, for me it just couldn't live up to them. It just didn't sit well with me, I couldn't connect with the characters, I wasn't thrilled with the adventure and I could see the ending coming from a mile away. So in other words, I missed the surprise and suspense that flows from an alien novel. As well as the chemistry and connection that pieces together the alien and human relationship.
'"It means..." I said, trying to think of how to break the news to him, "...that he loves us."'
The one thing that ultimately put me off this story, was coincidently one of the things that made it unique. This being the fact that there was not love or romance between the alien Scout and Emma. It conflicted me so much because I really liked that it was a unique take on the an alien falls to earth which leads to an adventure story, but I just couldn't get over the fact that there was no chemistry, for friendship or otherwise, between Scout and Emma, and that was due to the unique take on the story. And as there was no connection between the main characters I myself couldn't get pulled in an carried away with the story.
"The reaction felt perfect, but was so unlike him. Yes, this planet had definitely affected him."
All in all, I did like the idea that From a Distant Star has a unique quality of a friendship over a love story aspect. But for me, I missed the emotion and chemistry that the two main characters normally possess with this type of novel. Having said this, it is a cute and quick alien read with a stunning cover and different storyline. 

From a Distant Star