For my last indie review of the month, I read THE STARRIEST SUMMER by Adelle Yeung. I’m so excited to share details about this fabulous tale with you, and then on Wednesday, introduce you to the author! Without further ado, here you go:
The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Starriest Summer (Book One)
Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.
The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!
Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.
Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.
Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…
I read the summary for THE STARRIEST SUMMER and immediately got an Ender’s Game/Ready Player One vibe, but what excited me most was that it had what those two lack. A gamer girl. Yes please!
The story is fantastic – the plot is fast-paced and full of adventure, the characters are well-developed for the most part, and the world is unique. We’re thrown right into the action. Yeung did a really excellent job raising the stakes for the characters, and kept me turning the page to see what would happen next.
While Michelle was perhaps a little too perfect and adapts a little too well, it is still reminiscent of Ender’s Game, and you have to consider who the narrator is. It’s told from first person, so perhaps there’s a little bit of an unreliable narrator? Who knows, but I enjoyed seeing Michelle conquer the obstacles she came up against, and develop her friendship with Jayse (who is, in my opinion, the more interesting of the two).
I don’t know about you, but I grew up playing video games and watched them evolve from old school Mario Bros. (I memorized the jumps, guys, and can still rock it today on the Wii) to what they are today, and nothing could be cooler or scarier than diving into one of those worlds. Yeung did an excellent job portraying both the excitement and the danger, and I’m definitely going to continue this series!