By M.A. Feldman
When we look at young adult fantasy, we typically think of Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games, and the Divergence Series as well as the Maze Runner Trilogy as some of the hallmarks and legends and classics of the genre, along with the Percy Jackson series. However, in an age where decisiveness and creativity are abundant its fresh to see yet another talented author whose capable of bringing adult themes and tones to young adults in a way that really does translate and connect with them. This is our review of Clemy Warner-Thompson’s ‘The Star’, and its overall rating within our scale.
In this, we see Clemy-Warner Thompson’s, ‘The Star’ the first in her second Series of Young Adult Novels. Overall, first we start with this Character Abbi, who, at first appearances is a typical protagonist female with power she doesn’t quite understand, and even worse and horrifying enemies that we start off knowing little about. But soon, from the gate, we learn that there’s more to Abbi than this seemingly tired out trope that’s been done before, and we see the true originality of the mind-set behind Abbi, and her desperation to not just overcome her fear of the dark, but to fulfil the destiny that’s awaiting her. In this, we are introduced to a mysterious figure who has come to Abbi in her dreams since her arrival at a school, aptly titled ‘The College’, where while things seem normal, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Scarred physically and emotionally, readers will be able to connect with Abbi, regardless of gender, as well as the supporting cast of characters, including our Mysterious Dream Protector whose watched Abbi since she was a child and played the role of Guardian Angel. The power that Thompson brings to the pages to make these characters as believable and real is so refreshing in the Indie World, and overall, Meztrailov Fantasy Games has to say that this is a must-read and we cannot look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Reasoning: Why did we choose this rating? Its simple; Thompson takes the traditional notions of light and dark, and plays a spin on them that makes our deepest nightmares and troubles as young adults like social acceptance and self-esteem, and brings them to the forefront with not just the utmost care, but also the most brazen and courageous way possible. In her storytelling she introduces us to characters that we can not only relate to, but we can also feel that in this story, that there is truly a sense of hope despite the overwhelming Darkness that surrounds Abbi and the other Supporting cast, and the physical Manifestation of the Shadows that we are all so well-meant to be afraid of. This book is highly suggested, and is a must read for any fans of young adult fiction. Taking Elements of what can be construed as Harry Potter and mixing them with Urban and Young Adult Themes like something from Cirque De Freak, we immediately are immersed in this world of darkness and light, and yet then there is this grey area in which Abbi stands on the cusp and is needing of making a choice; which is something we can all easily relate to. At Mez Fantasy Games, we tip our hats off to Clemy Warner-Thompson and look forward to reading the next book in the series!
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